Lactation cookies? You may be a bit confused. No, I am not pregnant nor have I just had a baby! However, my dear friend Kirstin of Taste & See Blog has. I recently shared a guest post on her blog all about nutrition while breastfeeding, and part of that post was this amazing lactation cookie recipe. This recipe is just so good that I thought it needed to be on my website too!
Now if you somehow stumbled on this post without googling lactation cookies, do not run away! While these are labelled as “lactation”cookies, they really are just delicious cookies with some ingredients that are suggested to help milk supply. If you aren’t lactating, I promise it won’t make you start!
Do lactation cookies work?
There are many herbal remedies that are suggested to boost milk supply. While many women swear by these remedies, known as galactogogues, sadly there is little scientific evidence to support that they increase milk production volume. However, whether it is a true effect or just a placebo, many women find them beneficial and feel more confident about breastfeeding while using them, which is also highly beneficial. Really it is up to the mother to decide for herself what she feels comfortable and confident with, many of these galactogogues are normal foods or herbal remedies that pose no danger so it cannot hurt to try and consume more of these foods! With that in mind, here is a recipe for some delicious Coconut & Dark Chocolate Lactation Cookies which are full of oats, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast which are all galactogogues. Galactogogues aside, they are delicious cookies which make a great snack to provide energy and a little treat while breastfeeding! Lactation cookies can just be cookies that you eat while lactating if you don’t believe in the milk-boosting benefits!
Where to find brewer’s yeast?
This is a completely optional ingredient in this recipe as it can be a bit harder to find. Feel free to leave it out, as there are still two other great galactogogues in there: oats and flaxseed. I have seen brewer’s yeast available in Holland & Barrett and from Buy Whole Foods Online. Make sure you buy the powdered version!
Dark Chocolate and Coconut Lactation Cookie Recipe
Dark Chocolate and Coconut Lactation Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 3/4 cups plain flour
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp brewer’s yeast optional
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut unsweetened
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
- 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 tbsp milk
- Preheat the oven to 180˚C/370˚F. Line a baking tray with a silicone baking mat or baking paper.
- In a bowl, mix together the oats, flour, cinnamon, ground flaxseed, yeast, baking soda and baking powder.
- In a stand mixer or using a handheld mixer, beat together the coconut oil and sugar for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla.
- Fold the dry ingredients in to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Fold through the coconut and chocolate chunks.
- Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out balls around the size of a pingpong ball and arrange on the baking tray. You should have enough dough for 12-13 cookies.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and press down on the cookies lightly with a spatula to flatten them in to thick rounds.
- Place on a cooling rack and allow to cool – if you can resist!
Let me know if you enjoy this recipe – and if it does help your milk supply! Looking for another great recipe full of galactogogues? Try my Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal, it has lots of oats and flaxseed in it and is a delicious breakfast recipe!