When Ben was first born two and a half months ago I prepared a simple batch of no-bake lactation cookies. With ingredients like oats, flax seeds and brewer’s yeast, they were a natural way for my body to keep up with the needs of a hungry baby. When I went to make a second batch, I realized I was out of a few ingredients. So, I improvised and came up with a totally new – yet equally as delicious – recipe.
I put the word “lactation” in parenthesis because nursing mothers are not the only people who can enjoy these granola bars. They are tasty and portable for all members of the family. Even my manly husband – the Army Captain/cross-fitter – can have one without worrying he’ll start lactating – ha!
Homemade Coconut Almond (Lactation) Granola Bars
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup whole milk
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Combine the brown sugar, coconut oil and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until ingredients are combined and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in almond butter and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, mix oats, brewer’s yeast, flax seeds, almonds and coconut. Slowly pour in warm sugar mixture and stir until dry ingredients are coated. Pour into a greased 8×8 square pan. Pat down using the back of a spoon or bottom of a glass. Cool in the fridge for a couple hours. Slice.
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