Lactation cookies
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Lactation Cookies (gluten & dairy free)

What are lactation cookies?

When I had my first child, I though lactation cookies were a marketing gimmick. Oh those silly women who spend $2 on one cookie thinking it will help their milk supply. Well, a few months into nursing my baby hit a growth spurt and my supply was barely sufficient. I did a bunch of research and discovered their really is truth to it!

There are things called “galactagogues,” which are substances that can help increase milk production. Some of these foods are put in “lactation cookies” and therefore they really can help with your milk supply. I didn’t have the money to buy individual cookies, and the cookie mixes were pretty expensive too so I stayed away from those.

Another problem was that I needed to be gluten free and dairy free. I certainly couldn’t find a lactation cookie that fit that bill. Hence, I made my own! These are packed with good foods to support nursing (like oats, brewers yeast, flax, coconut oil, and cinnamon). They have a lot more than a commercially sold lactation cookie, as I am ok compromising the traditional cookie taste if it helps my milk production. I really do notice a difference when I eat these!

Of note: the foods considered to be galactagogues have not been officially studied and therefore not technically recommended by the medical community. They are some of those home remedies a lot of people have success in, but I am not giving you technical advice from a doctor. Feel free to pass up this blog post if you aren’t a ‘home remedy’ person.

About the taste

Please know these are not regular chocolate chip cookies. They will taste familiar but a bit odd at first. They are an acquired taste though, and pretty soon you might just prefer these to regular cookies! After each of my babies (3), I have made these cookies. At first I think “oh ya, these are kind of funny,” then after a few days I think “actually, these are really good!” and a few days later I crave them. The brewers yeast is the strongest flavor, but I actually really like it.

Lactation Cookies:
3/4 c. Butter or margarine
1/4 c. Coconut oil, melted
1 c. Raw sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3 c. Quick oats
1 1/2 c. Flour (1 c. oat flour, 1/2 c. cassava flour)
6 Tbsp Brewers yeast
3 Tbsp Flax meal (ground flax)
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
2 scoops Protein powder
1 1/2 c. Dark chocolate chips
1/2 c. Nuts, chopped

About the ingredients

If you can’t have butter you can use margarine, or use all coconut oil. Whenever I use sugar (which isn’t very often) I use raw (also called “sugar in the raw,” “demerera,” or “turbinado” sugar) simply because it is less processed than white sugar. Regular sugar will work fine here.

I use quick oats, but if you don’t have any you can either use rolled oats (I’ve done it, and it works fine) or put rolled oats in a blender for a few seconds just to break them up a bit. If you don’t have cassava you can use tapioca starch, or a different starch entirely, or just do the full flour amount as a GF flour blend if that is what you have.

I use dark chocolate, but substitute semi-sweet or milk chocolate if you prefer. The protein powder is optional, but I use collagen protein powder.

Directions

Mix up the wet ingredients. This helps distribute the coconut oil so it doesn’t solidify. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. If using an electric mixer you might want to hold off on the nuts and chocolate chips until the rest of the ingredients are mixed, or your mixer might break the nuts and struggle incorporating the chocolate chips.

Use a cookie scoop or spoon to plop them onto a cookie sheet. I do about 2 Tbsp sized balls, using my small cookie scoop.

Bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes.

They look funny because I use homemade chocolate chips which melt in the oven.

Confession: I don’t usually even bake these. As we have our own chickens I don’t mind eating the eggs raw, and I prefer these cookies as dough rather than baked. Often I drop the dough balls on a cookie sheet, freeze them, and put them in a zip-lock bag. My husband and I both like eating them straight out of the freezer as dough balls.

Lactation Cookies

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Lactation cookies
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. Butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c. Coconut oil melted
  • 1 c. Raw sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 c. Quick oats
  • 1 c. Oat flour
  • 1/2 c. Cassava flour
  • 6 Tbsp Brewers yeast
  • 3 Tbsp Flax ground
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 scoops Protein powder
  • 1 1/2 c. Dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. Nuts chopped

Instructions

  • Mix up the wet ingredients. This helps distribute the coconut oil so it doesn't solidify. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. If using an electric mixer you might want to hold off on the nuts and chocolate chips until the rest of the ingredients are mixed, or your mixer might break the nuts and struggle incorporating the chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to plop them onto a cookie sheet. I do about 2 Tbsp sized balls, using my small cookie scoop.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes.

Notes

About the ingredients:
  • If you can’t have butter you can use margarine, or use all coconut oil.
  • Whenever I use sugar (which isn’t very often) I use raw (also called “sugar in the raw,” “demerera,” or “turbinado” sugar) simply because it is less processed than white sugar. Regular sugar will work fine here.
  • I use quick oats, but if you don’t have any you can either use rolled oats (I’ve done it, and it works fine) or put rolled oats in a blender for a few seconds just to break them up a bit.
  • If you don’t have cassava you can use tapioca starch, or a different starch entirely, or just do the full flour amount as a GF flour blend if that is what you have.
  • I use dark chocolate, but substitute semi-sweet or milk chocolate if you prefer.
  • The protein powder is optional, but I use collagen protein powder.

 

Servings: 36 Cookies

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