When I had gotten home from the hospital one of the first things I did was bake these lactation cookies. I wanted to help encourage my milk to come in as much as I could and besides who doesn’t enjoy a little treat in the process!? I was extremely surprised at how delicious these cookies really were. I call them cookies but they are more like a granola bar taste and consistency to me.
I have since made two more batches of these and am needing to make another soon! For a brief period when we were battling reflux, I cut them out thinking that maybe they were causing an issue with Levi. At that point, I was doing anything I could to stop him from screaming for hours a day. Now that we have diagnosed reflux and are on meds, I am back to enjoying these cookies guilt free! I seriously eat two to three of them a day. They are also handy to have around for when I need a quick snack!
I know some moms try and avoid grains (like wheat) while breastfeeding. Feel free to sub a grain-free flour (like almond or coconut) for the wheat flour. This recipe yields a TON of cookies (3-4 dozen), feel free to cut it in half OR freeze half of the dough for easy baking later on!
- 2 tablespoons flax meal or ground flax
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat)
- 4 tablespoons brewer's yeast (I ordered on Amazon)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 cups oats (steel cut or old fashioned oats)
- 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the flax meal and water in a small bowl and set aside.
- Cream together the butter and the sugar with a hand or stand mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
- Add the flax meal and water mixture. Beat until combined.
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, yeast, cinnamon, and baking powder). Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture. Beat until fully combined.
- Stir in the oats and chocolate chips by hand using a spatula or large spoon.
- Form the dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden brown.
- Cool and enjoy!
- Recipe yields three to four dozen, feel free to cut in half or freeze half for easy baking!