Lactation Cookies

Lactation Cookies recipe from weelicious.com

Since I started nursing Gemma I’ve been starving! We’re talking a nonstop, all day long hunger that doesn’t end morning, noon and night. I’ve been making sure to have a Pregnancy Parfait and Pregnancy Smoothie every day to make sure to get tons of nutritional balanced high fiber foods. You would think that you need to eat more calories when you’re pregnant, but when you’re nursing your baby 7 times or more a day you need to make sure you have tons of fuel to keep you going as well. While it’s important to consume tons of nutritionally dense foods, you need to have a treat every now and then, so these Lactation Cookies are a twofer.

Lactation Cookies recipe from weelicious.com

Never did I think I would write the words “lactation” and “cookie” in the same sentence, but these bad boys are seriously delicious. If you look at a list of lactation producing foods like oats, flax seeds, brewers yeast, nuts and coconut oil they’re high in vitamins and good fats as well as being incredibly tasty. When I was testing the recipe I accidentally bought and used nutritional yeast instead of brewers yeast when making the first batch. After realizing the switch up I couldn’t believe how delicious they tasted with the nutritional yeast which is packed with B vitamins. Having said that you can use either ingredient you choose, but if you’re nursing you may want to stick with the brewers yeast.

Lactation Cookies recipe from weelicious.com

Kenya, Chloe and their friends couldn’t care less what’s in them as they snarfed as many as I would allow them to consume. I even brought them to the kids school with adults telling me how much they loved them until I mentioned the word “lactation”. I had several parents looking at me thinking I had added breast milk to them. No, they’re not that kind of lactation cookie.

If you have a friend who just had a baby this is the best gift for a new mama. They’re nice and crunchy, freeze beautiful and since I made dozens of them I know they last for 2 weeks covered on your counter, if you can keep them around that long!

Lactation Cookies recipe from weelicious.com

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Lactation Cookies

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons Brewers Yeast
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 350F

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer or with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and coconut oil until creamy. Add the sugar and continue to beat 5 minutes, until fluffy.

4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Add in the vanilla.

5. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and almonds until combined.

6. Using a mini ice cream scoop or 1 tablespoon measure, scoop the dough onto a silpat-lined baking sheet.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

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20 comments

  • Rebecca

    My son was born last February and I made batches and batches of lactation cookies Id tweek the recipe here and there but they were all delicious.. 11 months later and still lots of nursing going on so may need to revisit these again but will plan on making a vegan versions interim off all dairy and eggs

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    • Amanda

      Love lactation cookies and looking forward to trying this one with the coconut oil! Rebecca, have you tried the Earth Balance vegan \"butter\"? I'm dairy/soy free due to my daughter's dairy issues and I find that their fake butter sticks sub great in recipes if you just omit any added salt.

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  • Jaime

    Putting this aside for the next baby, with my son, I actually overproduced so I didn't feel the need for lactation cookies, and we've been done with our nursing journey for a while (he's about 3 1/2, but he stopped nursing at just over 2 years old). However, these sound good just as a treat on it's own!

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  • Courtney

    These sounds great! I am 6 months pregnant and have been constantly starving this pregnancy.. I just can't keep up with my hunger. I often feel overwhelmed with how to feed myself these days because no matter what I eat I am hungry 1-2 hours later. It's crazy. I wonder if it will be even more intense nursing this time as well. I'll definitely be keeping this bookmarked!

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  • Peyton

    I've been nursing my third child for about 11 months. Keeping up with all three young kids I have needed lactation cookies to produce extra milk for my freezer stash. Plan to nurse for 2 years. Excited to try this new lactation cookie recipe. Thanks!

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  • Michelle

    I've made these with 2 of my 4 babies and it was so hard to stop myself. They are so yummy, I would find myself sneaking some throughout the day.

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    • McCord

      lol they're just too good!

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  • Sarah

    I plan to make these cookies for my new mommy friends :)

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  • Kelly

    Can these be made GF? What would you suggest?

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    • McCord

      I haven't tested it in this recipe, but whenever I need to make something gluten free I use Cup 4 Cup or King Arthur Flour gluten free all purpose blend!

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  • Starr

    I'm trying to use up some almond butter. Think I could substitute it for the chopped almonds?

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    • McCord

      I haven't tried that, but I think it would work! Let me know if you try and how they come out!

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  • Emerald

    Did you freeze the raw dough, or the cookies already baked? Do you bake the cookies in ball form, or smash them down?

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    • McCord

      I form into balls and freeze the dough raw, then add a few minutes to the baking time. I scoop them with an ice cream scoop and put them straight onto the baking sheet without smashing them down. :)

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  • Evi

    is this chewy or not?

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  • Maria

    How can I substitute some or all of the butter in this recipe?

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    • McCord

      I haven't tested it, but you can use a vegan butter substitute like Earth Balance. You can also try coconut oil, but that will affect the consistency of the finished cookies! Let me know what you try and how it comes out!

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  • Amanda

    Thank you for the recipe, I am so excited to try! Is the coconut oil necessary for the recipe or added nutrition? Is there a different between flax seed and flax seed meal? Where do you purchase brewer's yeast?

    Thank you!

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    • McCord

      I usually get Brewer's Yeast at the health food store or online. Flax Seed Meal is just ground up flax seeds - you can use either one! Coconut products aide in the production of milk, which is why its in this recipe. You can replace it with a different flavorless oil or butter if you prefer since there are so many ingredients in this recipe that help with milk supply.

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