- Makes 16
- 45 minutes
- Difficulty Easy
- 14 Ingredients
Lactation Cookies are a godsend for breastfeeding Mums.
The basic premise behind lactation cookies is that breastfeeding Mums need more energy each day. After all they are feeding another tiny human!
Importantly however these additional calories should be nutritious calories.
Even better if all those nutritious calories are packed up in a neat little easy to nibble cookie!
What’s the best recipe for Lactation Cookies?
Lactation Cookies seem to be a fairly new idea. We believe they were created for those times when you wake up starving but need to feed your baby before yourself.
Or it’s the middle of the night and you’re craving something sweet. Forget the empty calories in a piece of chocolate and go for one or two lactation cookies instead.
These lactation cookies are dense. Packed with nutritious ingredients that will nourish everyone. Especially breastfeeding Mums.
Last but not least, the best recipe for lactation cookies is the cookie that goes perfectly with a hot cup of tea. Or a warm tumeric latte made with almond milk.
What are the main ingredients in Lactation Cookies?
There are many recipes for lactation cookies available. There are also lactation cookies that can be purchased ready made.
The key ingredients in all lactation cookies are linked to an increased in the production of breast milk. The evidence is largely word of mouth with even manufactured cookies claiming “results may vary from mother to mother”.
Above all else, the ingredients need to be nourishing and easy to find. They also need to taste good once baked up into cookies.
This recipe for lactation cookies includes the 5 top ingredients that are said to be beneficial in breast milk production.
- Brewer’s Yeast – high in protein, iron, zinc, magnesium and chromium, B vitamins and also a probiotic. So even if it doesn’t stimulate breastmilk production it’s still very good for you. You may need to look in a health shop rather than the supermarket. It can also be quite bitter! This recipe uses 2 tablespoons of Brewer’s Yeast. If you really can’t stand it, reduce to 1 tablespoon or add a little more sugar to balance out the bitterness. The chocolate chips do help too!
- Rolled Oats – nourishing, inexpensive and relatively unprocessed (especially if you go for organic and uncut).
- LSA – a pre-ground mixture of Linseeds, Sunflower Seeds and Almonds. You can opt for ground flaxseeds instead.
- Dark Chocolate Chips – full of antioxidants and guaranteed to add a little decadence.
- Coconut and Coconut Oil – The fatty acids in coconut oil can encourage the body to burn fat, and they provide quick energy to the body and brain.
Can non-breastfeeding adults and children eat lactation cookies?
Absolutely! On the face of it, these lactation cookies are just nutrient dense cookies that are good for everyone!
There are no ingredients in this recipe that will cause any problems for non-breastfeeding cookie lovers (e.g. husbands or children). Don’t worry – they are not about to start lactating!
We’d love to hear whether you enjoyed these lactation cookies once you’re tried them.
We’d also love to know whether they proved to be a perfect little bite sized snack to keep you going through your breastfeeding journey.
Ingredients (makes 16 Cookies)
- 1.5 cups Rolled Oats (Instant Oats or milled in your food processor)
- 2 tbsp LSA (Linseed, Sunflower and Almond) mixture
- 2 tbsp Brewer's Yeast
- 1 cup Buckwheat Flour
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 4 Medjool Dates (seeded and chopped into small chunks)
- 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 4 tbsp Water
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of a large food processor.
- Whisk together the egg, vanilla extract, water and coconut oil then add to the dry mixture.
- Combine all ingredients on a slow speed until a dough ball forms.
- Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and then form into a disc shape a little larger than a 50 cent piece. Place about 10cm apart on the tray.
- Cook for 8 - 10 minutes. 8 minutes will give you a slightly paler, more chewy cookie. 10 minutes will make the cookie a little drier and more crunchy.
Feel free to add or subtract ingredients if there's something you'd prefer! You could switch out the dates for currants, you could delete the chia seeds, you could add a handful of slivered almonds and you could delete the choc chips or replace with white chocolate chips.