So I’ve been doing some research on ways to increase your milk supply and someone suggested lactation cookies. Hmm…lactation cookies…sounds like a pleasant way to increase your milk supply…I mean cookies?!? Heck yeah!
These cookies owe their lactation capacities to three key ingredients: oatmeal, flax, and brewers yeast. Supposedly they have super-hero powers. Some women have seen increases anywhere from 10-20% in their capacity from eating a cookie or two as their breastfeeding snack.
I was a little hesitant to try these, but I mean they’re cookies, how bad could they be? I think the better question would have been how good could they be? They are seriously yummy! These remind me of “Cowboy Cookies” my mom used to make as a kid—chewy and full with just the right combo of peanut butter, raisins and chocolate chips.
This recipe is modified from this recipe.
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup Flaxseed
3 Tablespoons Brewer’s Yeast
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup raisins
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Mix flour, oats, baking soda, and salt together. Combine remaining ingredients (except raisins and chocolate chips) and beat with mixer 2-3 minutes until smooth. Gradually stir in oat mixture, adding a little bit at a time. Fold in chocolate chips and raisins.
Drop by spoonful on cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie using a spoon or bottom of a cup. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Enjoy 1-2 cookies as a snack after breastfeeding.
Basically a huge upside to breastfeeding is an excuse to eat these cookies! If you aren’t breastfeeding and still want to enjoy their deliciousness, reduce the flaxseed to 1/4 cup and eliminate the Brewer’s yeast!
Now I’m off to enjoy the bebe and eat a cookie!