In our continued attempt to try every lactation snack recipe we can find, we have an easy and delicious one for your today! Consider lactation balls to be your new favorite lactation treat. These homemade lactation balls are little balls of energy that will fill you up and make your taste buds sing! They require no baking and are made up of three simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry. And for all of your Brewer’s yeast haters, no fear. These lactation balls don’t need it.
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If you have made some of our other recipes here on Work Breastfeed Mom (lactation fudge, lactation oatmeal, lactation banana bread), you know we are not fans of throwing around the *lactation* label willy nilly. There are all kinds of packaged food products out there claiming to help boost your breast milk production. Some of these products are gimmicks, others work for some moms and not others, and a lot of them just taste disgusting.
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However, the reality is there are certain foods that can encourage breast milk production. Nursing moms also need 500 or more additional calories a day to help their bodies produce breast milk. We like to take these two axioms together when we come up with our lactation snack recipes. We also like to make sure our lactation recipes actually taste good. Thankfully, these lactation balls fit all of our criteria.
As with all of our lactation recipes here on WBFM, these can be eaten by everyone in your family. We know feeding our families often comes as a priority over feeding ourselves. So, these lactation balls pull double duty and make everyone’s taste buds happy.
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As we mentioned above, these lactation balls have only three ingredients:
- Peanut butter for healthy fats and calories
- Non-fat dry milk for protein (buy it in bulk like this from Amazon if you can)
- Honey for sweetness
Since we know you will ask, you can try another nut butter in place of the peanut butter. Just make sure it’s a spread (Barney Butter, Justin’s Nut Butter, etc.). Nut butter spreads have a few extra ingredients (like palm oil and sugar) in them to make them spreadable and less runny. You could try these lactation balls with straight nut butter that contains no extra ingredients, but you will need to add more non-fat dry milk to make the recipe less runny.
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One last thing about these lactation balls, you will need to keep them refrigerated. This will prevent them from becoming overly sticky from the honey. You will also want to keep them in an air tight container. They will last for up to 7-10 days in the fridge. But we doubt they will last that long before you have eaten them all!
With all that said, bring on the lactation balls!
- 3 cups non-fat dry milk
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowel.
- Scoop out 1-2 tablespoons (depending on ball size preference) of peanut butter mixture.
- Roll peanut butter mixture in hands until it forms a ball.
- Place on large platter and repeat with remainder of mixture.
- Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Move to airtight container and consume with 7-10 days.
Our favorite way to eat lactation balls? Paired with our lactation fudge, of course.
It’s like a healthy, lactation friendly Reese’s cup!
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