New mom hunger is REAL, y’all.
Looking for a healthy postpartum snack? The wonky schedule, the birth recovery, the hormone shifts … all of these are enough to drive you to starvation. And if you’re breastfeeding: prepare to eat like a teenage athlete.
I recently asked my online community, Pregnant Professionals and Working Moms in Phoenix, what they felt like the needed in the immediate moment as a parent. The responses seemed to have common themes, but food was queen. Moms want healthy, convenient snacks to battle the hunger without having to have a war in the kitchen.
When you bring baby home, I recommend you have two or three areas in the house that you designate as your Postpartum Pit Stops. These are the places you’ll spend the most time with your baby – such as the couch and your bed – and will need all of the essentials handy. See our free Postpartum Planning Worksheet for a list to keep your Pit Stops stocked.
One of the items I suggest having nearby is a snack. Certainly you can pre-cut fruits and veggies and keep them in the fridge for grab-and-go, but sometimes you’ll crave a little variety (or if you’re like me, you’ll forget to swing by the fridge until you’ve finally gotten settled just so with your baby).
This recipe for Baby Bites solves your problem. And bonus! If you’re breastfeeding, they just may give your supply a booby boost, too. (Please note that this recipe should NOT be used for the purpose of intending to increase your breast milk supply long term. If you need help managing your supply, please contact us.)
Baby Bites are a snack for you (NOT for baby, just in case anyone is reading this through the new mom fog) that are nutrient dense but taste like a decadent treat. They’re super fast and simple to whip up, and they can stay at room temperature so they’re perfect for hoarding in your Pit Stop. With a few tiny tweaks, they’re dairy free, gluten free, and/or allergy friendly.
Total Prep Time: 10 minutes (about an hour if you count the chilling time, but you can eat the mix without chilling, too)
Difficulty Level: Mega Easy
Serving Size: 2 balls, recipe makes about 24 balls
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats – high in fiber and rich in minerals
1 cup flax seed (whole or ground) – an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids
1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy to your preference) – protein and an excellent source of biotin [a peanut butter containing only ground peanuts is what I use, but you can use whatever your family stocks in the pantry]
½ cup organic raw honey – raw honey contains amino acids, minerals, and vitamins [use what you have on hand, of course!]
1 cup dark chocolate chunks (the darker the better and I use a 72% cacao variety, but use to your taste) – dark chocolate creates an endorphin boost in your body, which can help elevate mood. It is also an excellent source or iron, copper, and manganese
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients in a bowl using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Remove from fridge and use your hands to form balls of the mixture, about 2 inch diameter. Set on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill 60 minutes. ENJOY your healthy postpartum snack!
You can play around with any part of this recipe and make it unique! For example:
Use a chili-infused honey to give some heat to your sweet.
Substitute almond butter or sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter
Use butterscotch or vanilla chips instead of the chocolate, or give cacao nibs a go
Substitute orange, almond, or rum extract for the vanilla
Add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to give them a fall flavor, or coconut flakes for a summer spin