I had my first taste of ‘power balls’ when I was in labor with my son, Greyson. I had hired Krysta Hutton, Chef and Owner of Simple Eats Milwaukee, to fill our fridge with yummy meals to survive the week. Like a godsend, she walked in with a big blue container of sticky, sweet, hearty, and oh, SO YUMMY, chocolate chip power balls. ((I died)) Those babes powered me through a natural birth, and for that, I am so grateful.
A couple weeks later, we flew home to Malibu and I opened a text message from Krysta with the recipe for her delicious Cookie Balls. I couldn’t wait to make them. After whipping up a ginormous batch, and inhaling… more than a few, I noticed a huge increase in my milk supply by the next day. So much so that I had to abstain from eating them. I shared some with my girlfriend, and second time-new mama, Avery, and received the same feedback.
Thus, these babes are breastfeeding miracles. I assume it’s because of the oats (popular lactation food), the almond butter (healthy fat!), and the chocolate chips (more fat!). Whatever it is, it works for me, so i go with it.
Breastfeeding or not… enjoy these. They. Are. Game changing. Plus, every human, men, women, and children, of any age, will love them.
You can find Krysta on instagram @simpleeatsmke 🙂
This recipe has been lightly adapted from Chef Krysta Hutton of Simple Eats Milwaukee.
1 cup Rolled Oats (GF if necessary)
1/4 cup maple syrup, agave, or honey
1/2 pinches of salt
1/2 cup natural smooth almond butter, freshly ground is best (I also like justin’s)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1.5-2 tbsp dairy free mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs
1 tsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds
1 tsp maca (optional)
Use stand mixer and beat everything together. (If doing it by hand, the almond butter must be soft)
Try to roll one into a ball and if it's too dry add a tsp of hot water, whip it up, and see if it sticks together easily. If not, continue the process until it sticks. Chill if needed and roll into 1-2 tbsp balls (depending how big you like them) and Store in airtight container in the fridge.
maca is an adaptogen which helps with balancing hormones and energy in the body, i put it in everything when i’m breastfeeding but you don’t need it
*feel free to double or triple the recipe, i will often triple it and store them in a glass or plastic container in the freezer
**i keep these in the freezer so I don't grab one every time i open the fridge.
**You can swap cacao nibs for the chocolate chips as a good way to cut down on the sugar in these balls. Plus, your kids probably won't notice. Mine don't!
***These upped my milk supply, but it's not a guarantee***
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