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My dear sweet husband asked if I could make cookies more often for the blog (or for general consumption). About that same time, my daughter-in-law Callie asked if I had ever seen a recipe for Lactation Cookies. Callie’s a brand new first time mom, working full-time and breastfeeding. Our granddaughter Jayden (3 months old) is thriving and of course she’s a little doll! Also, our daughter Allie is expecting a baby girl (any minute!) so I thought this would be a good time to make cookies that help promote a good milk supply for our breastfeeding family members.
First of all, these oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies are delicious and we loved them. In addition to being delicious, they’re pretty healthy without tasting healthy! I can’t tell you if my husband owned up to the fact that he had lactation cookies packed in his office lunch, but I bet those big strong professional co-worker guys would have loved them too.
The cookies are made with old fashioned oats, flaxseed meal and brewer’s yeast so they’re perfect for everybody in your family, young and old.
My baby (Allie) just turned 28 years old so it’s been a long time since I had to worry about things such as nursing. Back then I don’t remember anybody mentioning cookies as a way to maintain a good milk supply. Times have changed and we now have blogs, the internet, and immediate sources of information to help keep us on the right track. As a result, it seems a little easier to find help when needed. Successful breastfeeding takes a big commitment from both parents; they must work hard to eat right and the mom must stay hydrated, get plenty of rest and stay healthy. This is especially important in the first few months or even weeks of nursing and can make a huge difference in the health of the baby. And what grandmother wouldn’t want to help their grandchildren?
Therefore, in a round about away, I baked Jayden’s very first homemade cookie. I hope she loves them as much as we do. And please don’t let the name scare you away, these are just cookies – nothing weird or strange about ’em!
If you’re looking for a (sneaky) way to incorporate the health benefits of flaxseed, oats and Brewer’s yeast into your family’s diet, try making these cookies!
Don’t forget about the healthy antioxidants found in dark chocolate – bonus!
This is not that kind of blog, so I’ll skip over the fine points of breastfeeding, lactating, etc. But trust me when I say that these are the kind of cookies you can feel good about sharing with anyone in your family.
Most of all, if you know a new mom who is breastfeeding, a batch of these cookies would make a nice and thoughtful gift!
Dark Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies
- 3 tablespoons flaxseed meal, ground
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons brewers yeast
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons almond butter, optional
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla paste, or pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, not quick oats
- 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips, I used a 10-ounce package of Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a small bowl combine the flaxseed meal and water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, brewers yeast, soda and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter and almond butter together until light and creamy.
- Add the brown and granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl and beat another 30 seconds.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, blending just until the yolk disappears.
- Add the vanilla and flaxseed paste and mix just until blended.
- Gradually add the flour mixture in 3 steps, mixing on low and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Fold in the oats and chocolate chips with a spatula.
- Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds (using a cookie scoop if you have one) and bake on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet for about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Recipe adapted from Milkin' Mamas Lactation Cookie Recipe and from How Sweet It Is
- To freeze the unbaked cookies, scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds and place on a baking sheet and freeze for about 2 hours. Place the frozen dough balls in an airtight container and freeze until needed. Add 1-2 minutes to baking time if frozen.
- You can substitute coconut oil for 1/4 of the butter if you have it.
- Brewer’s yeast can be found in larger grocery stores, health food store or natural food markets. Do not substitute regular baking yeast for the brewer’s yeast. If taking medications please check with your physician before adding this product to your diet.
So there you have it … a great way to show you care by gifting a batch of Dark Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies to a new family. Bake a few cookies and freeze the rest to bake when needed. Be sure to save a few for yourself too, this recipe makes a lot! Thanks so much for stopping by!