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Jessica Tomes is a wife and mommy to three precious (but rambunctious) little girls. She has a degree in broadcast journalism from Texas Christian University, and a nerd-like love for political science. She is passionate about writing, marketing, social media management, and this wonderfully beautiful mess we call parenthood. She happily lives in beautiful Houston, Texas, and also sells real estate!
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