Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Lactation Cookie Recipe

If you are a new mother (as I was) and are having a difficult time increasing your milk supply like I did, I would strongly recommend this lactation cookie recipe. Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they definitely help boosting milk supply. Based on what I researched, oatmeal (they have to be real not instant! learned the hard way..), flax seed, and brewer’s yeast are the three key ingredients in producing an abundant milk supply. One article that I read even proved this by mentioning one of their family member’s award winning “milkiest cow”. The reason for their win every year was because the owner put oats in their food, which helped them produce more milk. I also read several other articles describing the same ingredients with the same effects, so I have no reason to doubt this recipe. These cookies were so good, my mom and boyfriend even ate them and would not stop! Seriously, they’re not that hard to make and don’t take that much time. I think it’s well worth making a couple of batches of these cookies if you’re going to make them, especially if there are other members in your house. Now, don’t think that just eating these cookies is going to make you start producing milk. You still have to nurse your baby regularly, pump, eat right, all of the things that are essential for breastfeeding moms to keep up their milk supply are still necessary. This is just to help “boost” it if you are having a hard time like I was. It worked wonders for me at the very beginning, but now it doesn’t make much of a difference. I imagine that it probably works different with different women, but it doesn’t hurt to try! Regardless of whether it boosts your supply or not, at least you have a delicious treat to snack on!. (:

IMG_20130509_190045_052  Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 c. oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. flax
  • 3 T brewer’s yeast
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips
  • 1 c. chopped nuts of your choice

IMG_20130509_193101_596Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax and water until creamy.
  4. Mix in eggs.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.
  8. Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets or baking stones.
  9. Press down each ball lightly with a fork.
  10. Bake 12 minutes.

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Baked or Fried Mozzarella Sticks

One of my favorite appetizers in the entire world, besides stuffed mushrooms, would have to be mozzarella cheese sticks. I absolutely LOVE anything with cheese. In fact, the more cheese, the better. I found a recipe a little while ago on Pinterest that had simple directions on how to make them. The recipe DID NOT WORK so please don’t try it. But just so you know which recipe it was, it pretty much said cut cheese sticks in half, dip them in milk and then in the bread crumbs and then bake them for 15 minutes. All that did for me was give me a baking sheet covered in melted cheese mixed with breadcrumbs. It was a huge disaster and a big mess to clean, not to mention the fact that I couldn’t even eat the stuff! It was such a waste. Well this time, I found a better recipe using an ingredient that made a little more sense for me to use, egg roll wraps. They turned out DELICIOUS. Even though they weren’t breaded, it was still a tasteful replacement. Here’s the recipe:

IMG_20130518_194102_390 IMG_20130518_194615_935 IMG_20130518_195249_494 IMG_20130518_195332_975 IMG_20130518_200055_462 IMG_20130518_200411_969 IMG_20130518_201745_229Ingredients:

  • 12 Wonton or Egg-Roll Wraps, at room temperature
  • 12 Mozzarella String Cheese
  • Marinara Sauce for Dipping
  • Small bowl with water, optional

Baked Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Take one of your room-temperature wraps (less likely to break and ooze cheese all over if room-temp and slightly wet) and lay on flat surface in front of you, like a diamond.  Put cheese stick in middle, corner to corner (or slightly below).
  3. Take the bottom corner and fold it up over the cheese stick and stick to other side of wrap tightly.  You can add a few drops of the water here to make the wrap stick better.
  4. Carefully (here is the part where the wrap can break), fold over the right and left corners of the wrap onto the cheese stick to completely cover the cheese.
  5. Roll up the wrap.
  6. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.

“Fried” Directions:
Alternatively, you can make this on the stovetop.

  1. Wrap cheese as described above.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  3. Working in batches, add in half of the cheese sticks.  Roll/stir sticks around for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown, and remove from heat.

Serve with Marinara (seasoned with oregano/basil/garlic for more flavor) and Enjoy!

This recipe was borrowed from a fellow blogger who’s link is in the opening paragraph. I didn’t bake my cheese sticks, I fried them because I felt that frying them would cook the wrap on the inside better than if I would bake them.

Homemade Churros

Per a request from a favorite facebook friend, I would like to share this homemade churro recipe. I actually copied it from a fellow blogger, but unfortunately I can’t find the link to her blog. But here’s my version based on what i can remember since i made these weeks ago.

2013-04-20_22-34-56_506Ingredients

  • Loaf of white bread
  • Rolling pin
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Whip a thick icing using the cream cheese and confectioner sugar.
  2. Using the rolling pin, flatten all the pieces of bread excluding the ends.
  3. Spread the desired amount of cream cheese on the entire pieces of bread.
  4. Roll the bread up like a burrito.
  5. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl evenly.
  6. Dip the rolled churros in the butter and then roll them in the sugar.
  7. Bake on nonstick baking sheet at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Homemade Frappuccino & Pigs In A Blanket

Looking for a quick snack that’s both delicious and quick to make? Here’s the perfect recipe for you! These pigs in a blanket are AMAZING and they go well with my homemade caramel frapp that I chose to accompany this delicious snack.

2013-04-15_19-00-43_904Pigs In A Blanket Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Little Smokies (You can also use cut up hotdogs to improvise!)
  • 1 Can of Crescent Rolls
  • Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Flour
  • Large Baking Pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Boil Little Smokies & drain to cool.
  3. Grease Baking Pan with butter and Flour, Any flour left over put back in container or empty in the sink.
  4. Cut the crescent roll dough into little strips, as many as the number of little smokies you have.
  5. Wrap the smokies with the strips of dough and line them on your baking pan. You can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top for extra flavor if you like.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve Warm

IMG_20130415_191004Caramel Frappe Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Cold Coffee
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2-3 tbsp Caramel
  • 2-3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Whip Cream to Top (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend all Ingredients except the whip cream in a blender until its to your desired consistency.
  2. Pour in a glass and your ready to go! Add whip cream and drizzled caramel on top if desired. (:

Simple huh?! Easy to make and very, VERY tasty. Enjoy! ❤

Pregnant Treat – Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This yummy smoothie recipe, that I got off my recipe app, was one of the best beverages I have ever made. The funny part is, I just recently acquired a taste for strawberries. I never used to like them until I got pregnant. Anyways, its an easy 5 minute recipe that is both sweet & healthy! (:

IMG_20130108_200912Ingredients:

1 Cup Sliced Strawberries
1/2 Banana
1/2 Cup Low-Fat Yogurt
3 Ice Cubes
Strawberries for garnish

Serves 2.

Directions:

  1. Combine the sliced strawberries, yogurt, banana, and ice cubes in a blender.
  2. Process until smooth.
  3. Pour into glasses and garnish each serving with a strawberry.

***1 serving = 79 calories, 1 fruit exchange 2 grams protein, 12 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fat, 31 mg sodium.

I used a while banana instead of half for extra sweetness & nutrients. I also cut the banana in slices before I threw them in the blender. I have to say, this is definitely the perfect drink for pregnant women that will satisfy any craving!