Energy Balls for Pregnancy, Labor & Lactation! (Vegan & GF Free)

www.BetterBirthDoula.orgEnergy Bites:
1 cup oats (quick oats, verify they are GF if you or baby have sensitivity)
1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (chop up a vegan chocolate bar if baby has dairy sensitivity)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 tsp vanilla

Mix it together and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes or so, then roll into balls. You can freeze or store in fridge. Store some for labor, and snack on some while nursing! Minus the brewer's yeast these are similar to the lactation cookies.

Smoothies for Pregnancy & Lactation are here.

Update: My kids have fallen in love with chia seeds and they can also be added to this recipe, about 2 tablespoons. This add some extra protein, fiber, and omega-3s to your energy balls!

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24 Responses to Energy Balls for Pregnancy, Labor & Lactation! (Vegan & GF Free)

  1. Charlyn W says:

    These hit the spot! I added some chia seeds soaked in water for extra fun, and also some coconut oil. Why not? 🙂 Love!

  2. Cynthia A says:

    Can I add brewer’s yeast to this recipe?

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      Yes, though I’ve not tried it so I’m not sure how much it would impact the taste? Let me know!

  3. Cindy says:

    I have to say I absolutely LOVE these!!! I just made my third batch of them! They are so addictive!! Thanks so much!!

  4. Kittie says:

    1 cup coconut? Flakes?

  5. cass says:

    think they’d be okay for a day at room temp and then stored in the fridge when they go home? planning to bring these to a friend in the hospital who just went through labor but will be going home the following day

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      Yes, I’ve not had a problem keeping them at room temperature for a few days. That’s kind of you to do for your friend. 🙂

  6. jennie reed says:

    Do they have to be “quick oats” or would steel cut oats make them too chewy and dry?

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      I have not tried with steel cut oats – you may want to increase the honey and/or nut butter a bit to offset that but I bet they would still work. Let us know what you find out!

  7. Sarah says:

    I heard flax isn’t good for pregnancy, but these say for pregnancy. I’m confused 🙁

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      If there is any concern then of course talk with your healthcare provider. The amount included in this recipe is a relatively small amount and from what I’ve researched there’s no evidence that a “standard” dietary amount is considered unsafe for pregnant moms. Especially as flax is increasingly being added to cereals, granola bars, crackers and such then it’s something moms are consuming more often and perhaps more research will come? If a lot is eaten daily and a mom is especially sensitive to hormone fluctuations then there was a theory that it could possibly impact the pregnancy, so yes – if there is concern then definitely talk with your care provider.

  8. Elisha says:

    Could I use something else besides coconut? I’m not a fan of it. I really want to make some before baby is due, 3 more weeks to go.

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      You can leave out the coconut entirely for softer treats, or add more oats to absorb some of that extra moisture.

  9. Julie says:

    How long can they be refrigerated before they spoil? I’m making them today but I’m not due for 2 weeks.

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      I’ve not refrigerated them for that long but you can freeze them, then defrost when you start laboring. Congrats on your little one on the way!

  10. Elise says:

    Honey is not vegan but you can (and should) substitute rice syrup or agave instead.
    There are so many great dairy free chocolate chips out there and you can’t taste a difference. Just skip the dairy kind and go with vegan anyway.

  11. Shannon says:

    Made these last night, added about 4 tbsp of chia seeds. SOOOOO GOOD!!!! Was wondering how many of these I can eat a day, because I want to eat the entire bowl ha! Currently nursing a 10 week old.

  12. Cha says:

    Could I bake these?

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      I’ve never tried that, but I suspect you could? They may dry out quickly, so I wouldn’t bake them for very long (under 10 minutes.)

  13. laura says:

    how many does this make

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      With the scoop size we used it made about two dozen small balls (and sorry for such a belated response from me!)