Homemade Lactation Cookies Recipe
Adapted from www.howsweeteats.com.
As a new (breastfeeding) mom, I can remember feeling hungry all of the time. I knew I was supposed to be making good choices when it came to food — after all, baby was eating what I was eating. But I’m just going to be honest; most of the time I scarfed down whatever was quickest and easiest. Sleep-deprived, and up to my eyeballs in dirty dishes and laundry, I was so grateful for the delicious, home cooked meals sweet friends delivered to us nightly those first couple of weeks.
Because the last thing I felt like doing was making dinner.
And then something miraculous happened. I received some pre-made, pre-packaged lactation cookies in a care package. This was basically life-changing: these delicious (and healthy) cookies were the perfect quick grab, on-the-go, breastfeeding snack. I thought to myself: self, you can make these. And I was right! I will warn you, some lactation cookies are not very good. They taste healthy… This recipe that I’m about to share taste like cookies. Bonus: they are safe for the entire family, and can help mom maintain her milk supply!
Here’s how you make them.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk together in a large bowl:
- three cups old fashioned oats
- one and a half cups all purpose flour
- five tablespoons brewers yeast
- three tablespoons ground flaxseed
- a half a teaspoon baking powder
- a half a teaspoon baking soda
- a half a teaspoon ground cinnamon
- and a fourth of a teaspoon of salt
- Next, beat together 12 tablespoons of butter and four tablespoons virgin coconut oil in the bowl of your electric mixer on medium until creamy.
- Add a cup and a half of sugar to the bowl — beat until fluffy on a medium to high speed (approximately four to five minutes).
- Add one egg plus one egg yolk to the mixture, and beat until well combined.
- Then add two teaspoons vanilla extract.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing on a low speed until just combined.
- Finally, stir in one and a half cups chocolate chips with a spatula — you want these evenly dispersed.
- Grease your baking sheet (this helps with sticking). Then scoop the dough onto the baking sheet — using an ice cream scoop helps with size uniformity.
- Bake for 10 to 14 minutes. Cool completely before storing. The dough also freezes well (if you want to make a bunch at once to keep on hand).
These cookies are the perfect gift for new moms! A cute, welcome home outfit for baby or a new stuffed animal is also a nice addition. Or even a sweet, encouraging, handwritten note.
What were your favorite healthy (or not so healthy) breastfeeding snacks? We would love to hear! Feel free to share in the comments section below. And as always, #eatmorecookies. xoxo