Granola Bars / Cheating Lactation Cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15-18 minutes
They’re called “Cheating Lactation Cookies” because not everyone has brewer’s yeast, flaxseed meal*, or fenugreek on hand but you can easily toss those lactating wonders in for more severe supply issues. Oatmeal is great for the nursing mother who has to pump and help maintain healthy and normal lactation during dips in your supply such as menstrual cycles and growth spurts. My version is a slight variation of a recipe called Playgroup Granola Bars and I just toss in whatever nuts, dried fruits, or other goodies I have in my cupboard.
*Update 3/05/12 : My original post had only 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 2 beaten egg whites (for “healthier reasons”) and now increased the brown sugar to 3/4 cup and just used one whole beaten egg just like the original recipe calls for and they came out much less “crumbly!” I also added 1/2 cup of flaxseed meal that I got from the bulk section of WinCo Foods.
Ingredients (20-24 servings)
- 2 cups of organic rolled oats
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup total of raisins, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries (optional)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9×13 baking pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and salt.
- Make a well in the center and pour in the egg, oil, honey, and vanilla. (*Tip – Using the same measuring cup, pour oil first then honey so the honey doesn’t stick to the cup)
- Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan leaving about 1/2 inch away from an edge to give some room to expand.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges.
- Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. (*Do not allow bars to completely cool before cutting, or they will be difficult to eat)