Gluten Free Oat & Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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Whether you’re a nursing mama or not, these Gluten Free Oat & Peanut Butter Energy Bites are a flavorful and protein packed-snack. Simple enough that you can whip them up in ten minutes, these have been a weekly staple at our house ever since Everett arrived. If you are nursing, these are easy to grab during that 2 am feeding session and are also a good snack to hold you over between your second breakfast and first lunch.  ;) Not to mention, the ingredients are known for increasing your milk supply.

What I love about these energy ball bites is that they have healthy ingredients that are far better than what is in a store-bought granola bar. Don’t get me wrong, I have a Kind bar in my diaper bag at all times, but it’s nice to have a little variety in your snack game.

You can tweak this recipe to your liking - swap out nut butters, add in ingredients, etc. I’ve been struggling with a gluten/yeast sensitivity and I think E reacts to it as well (hello, toots), so I opt to buy GF oats and skip the Brewer’s Yeast. A lot of people swear by Brewer’s Yeast to help increase milk supply, but I think these are still working for me without it. To give these an extra boost, I use a combo of ground flax seed and ground chia seeds. Gotta get those Omega 3s in somehow. 

Disclaimer: Speaking from experience, try to limit yourself to two energy bites a day. Maybe it’s just me, but that will be hard to do. However, these are not low in calories and have been known to make a mama gain a few pounds when eaten in excess. Oh, and if you don’t want to share with the hubs, be sure to call these Lactation Bites. ;) 

Gluten Free Oat & Peanut Butter Energy Bites  

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed (I sometimes use a combination of flax and chia seeds - just make sure they are ground)
  • 3 Tbsp Brewer's Yeast (Include this if you want to increase milk supply. I omit this and they turn out fine.)
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey (If you are trying to cut down on sugar, you can play around with how much honey you use)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a Kitchen Aid Mixer (with the paddle attachment), combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips
  • Mix on low or 2 until thoroughly combined 
  • Stir in chocolate chips by hand
  • Roll into balls - I usually do a rounded tablespoon. I usually put these in a 9x13 cake pan that has a cover. That way I can easily store them in the fridge. Once they have hardened, you can store in a Ziploc bag. 

 

While I think of these as a good lactation treat, guys can totally eat them without any worries. ;) These have quickly become a household favorite. What is your go-to snack these days? I am looking for all of the healthy ideas I can get!