Power Cookie Balls

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 🙂

Power Cookie Balls

Power Cookie Balls

This recipe has been lightly adapted from Chef Krysta Hutton of Simple Eats Milwaukee.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Use stand mixer and beat everything together. (If doing it by hand, the almond butter must be soft)
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Notes

*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***

http://www.modeleatsblog.com/power-cookie-balls-aka-lactation-balls/

 

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