Full Belly Sisters: Berry Nutty Lactation Granola

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Berry Nutty Lactation Granola

There's a big event happening in a few days in New York City. It's actually the biggest. At least, that's what it's called: Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower. And the Full Belly Sisters will be there! In spirit, at any rate. Premier Pediatrics asked us to provide giveaways for their table at the event. So, make sure to stop by and get your free sample of my Berry Nutty Lactation Granola!

Not able to come to the event? No problem! I'm sharing the recipe here, as well. This is a variation on my famous (among my group of friends) lactation granola; my one friend loves it so much she thinks I should sell it and made me promise not to share the recipe. So, this isn't exactly it...but this is a very nice version.

It features a number of ingredients believed to support a healthy milk supply, including oats, Brewer's yeast, and flax. It's also loaded with other ingredients that are especially helpful during the days and weeks postpartum: iron, crucial after the blood loss of childbirth; potassium to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in your body; and fiber to help combat constipation. This granola also provides a wonderful balance of carbs and proteins—to give you long-lasting energy during those exhausting days with a newborn. 

This granola is not just nutrient-dense but calorie-dense. This is vital when you're breastfeeding because you generally need to eat about 300-500 more calories per day than your pre-pregnancy diet. Snacking on this granola—on its own, on top of yogurt, or in a bowl with milk—is a simple and delicious way to ensure that you're consuming enough to meet your body's needs.

If you are concerned about your milk supply, please contact your local La Leche League leader or a board-certified lactation consultant. If you're in the NYC area, contact my sister—who is an experienced IBCLC and was a huge help to me when my son was born!—at fullbellysisters@gmail.com.

yields about 11 cups
  • 6 c Rolled oats (I use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free oats)
  • 1 1/2 c raw, sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 c raw walnut pieces
  • 5 Tbsp Flaxseed meal
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp Brewer's yeast
  • 1 1/3 c Honey
  • 2/3 c Coconut Oil
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 c Raisins
  • 1/2 c Dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c Dried blueberries

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, walnuts, flax, and Brewer's yeast. In a small pot over medium heat, combine the honey and coconut oil, until thin and the coconut oil is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour over the oat and nut mixture and stir very well, ensuring that everything is evenly coated. Spread on two parchment-covered cookie sheets.

Bake for 20 minutes, stirring about halfway through. As soon as the sheets are removed from the oven, stir in the raisins, cranberries, and blueberries. Cool completely.

If you like "clusters," spread the granola out in the pan and press down with a large spoon before cooling. My husband and son like to eat it this way, since neither of them likes milk or yogurt—for them, granola is finger food!

Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer. 

Or just come by the Biggest Baby Shower and pick up your free sample!


  1. Where do I get brewer's yeast? The baking aisle at Whole Foods? This looks delicious!

  2. health food stores or Amazon, for sure!

  3. Love all the granola you made, everyone at the event will be so lucky to snatch up a bag! Your recipe sounds DELISH! Hugs, Terra

  4. This granola is so good and easy to make! I look forward to pulling this out of the freezer post baby! (And sneaking some til baby gets here.) :) Thank you!!

    1. SO glad you like it! Makes me happy to think about you munching on it when your baby arrives :-)

  5. Looks yum. Walnuts are an anti-galactagogue though, so I would omit from the recipe. Probably not an issue in small amounts, but better be safe than sorry.

  6. this is a new twist on lactation inducig teeats, loveit

  7. How much do you recommend eating a day?


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