Omg is that a terrible name for a recipe?? I was going for just a bar, but they really are crumbly so I went with it and now I'm self conscious.
I've made these over and over again the last few months because I'm addicted to sweet things for breakfast, because they're quick and easy, and because Ruthie so often asks me for sweets. Like all the time. She likes to stand in front of the "freezerator" and ask "what's going on in there"... "I better look and see".
Things Ruthie randomly asks for:
2. Taffy (wtf?)
4. Chocolate chips
5. Ice cream cones
6. Count Chocula (thanks mimi)
7. Bagels (whatev that's fine but we never have them, like how do you even know what a bagel is?)
8. "A treat" aka surprise me I guess.
I love when she demands such luxuries, but I rarely have any of these things on hand and I THINK part of parenting is saying no when your toddler asks for taffy at 7 AM. So I made these bars as an answer to one or two of the requests for sweets. I'm not gonna lie, they don't always cut it for her. When she wants marshmallows, this cocoa oat thing Ruthie's crunchy-granola mom made might not do. But she will accept it as a normal snack or breakfast outside of treat time.
These bars share a lot of ingredients with lactation cookies (follow that link for the most delicious lactation cookies I've ever tasted). Oats are one of the most common food based galactagogues (a sort of gross word for breast milk production enhancers) and I'm always looking for a new, non-boring way to eat 'em.
There are lots of herbs and health store ingredients like fenugreek or brewers yeast among the list of milk boosters, but I stick to the familiar food ingredients like oats. Most of the information I've seen suggests that consuming something for milk production is very rarely even necessary, but I'm a sucker for clicking Pinterest links containing the word lactation (that's wierd af, I know 🙄). Plus if you're a pumping mom, it's always nice to see a little boost. I've never compared ounces produced after eating a "lactation cookie" or a bunch of oatmeal, but all of the food based boosters I've seen are harmless, if not healthy (oats, flaxseed, coconut oil, almonds...).
One thing is for damn sure, breastfeeding makes you hungry. I try to make a few things every week that I can have on hand to grab when I am so suddenly starving that I eat half a jar of peanut butter. Just a plus if oats are involved. Not gonna hurt anything to eat more oats, that's what Grandpa Laura always says.
Makes one 9 x 9 pan...cut them as large or small as you wish <3
2 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (scant)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup milk, plus more if needed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blend together oats, flax, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a food processor until evenly combined. Pour into a large mixing bowl and add chocolate chips, coconut oil, and milk. Start with 1/3 cup milk and add a little more if too crumbly to form a ball.
Press mixture into a 9 x 9 baking pan and bake for about 10 minutes. Over baking makes them even more crumbly, but still good! (eat the crumbles with milk like cereal 👌🏻).