Date & Oat Lactation Energy Bites (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dates, flax, gluten free, snack
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 80 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
A healthy alternative to lactation cookies that make a perfect snack for nursing moms!


  • 1 cup soft dates , pitted (Soak them in water for 10 minutes and drain well, if not soft and squishy already)
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 6 tablespoons creamy unsalted peanut butter , or nut butter of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an s-blade, process the dates until a sticky ball is formed. Add in the flax, oats, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla and process again until finely ground and crumbly. The mixture should stick together easily when pressed between your fingers. If the mixture doesn't stick together, try adding one tablespoon of water and process again.
  2. Use your hands to roll the dough into bite-sized balls, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Arrange them in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet, cover tightly, and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve. (Once cold, you can pile them into a smaller storage container without them sticking to each other.)