Sunday, December 30, 2012

Lactation Cookies.

That's right friends. Lactation cookies of the oatmeal and chocolate chip variety.  This month good friends of mine welcomed their child into the world.  I was hoping to find a way to help or support in this time, and my friend suggested the idea for lactation cookies as thought of by her lactation consultant.  As a novice baker I'm usually pumped to try something new.  This recipe is inspired by the recipe for Momma's Milk Cookies on this website, which will also give you information on why the key ingredients of oats, brewer's yeast, and flax are helpful.  The key ingredients just provide nutrients that are helpful for lactation;  I ate a couple and nothing weird happened.  The recipe is definitely unique and the cookies are different from any oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I've had before.  I'm going to try the other recipe on the linked site soon, and if you have any ideas for other uses for brewer's yeast please pass them my way.

Found in the vitamins & supplement section in 
Whole Foods.

Momma's Milk Cookies

Yields 3-4 dozen

1 c. flax, milled
1/4 c. water
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 c. brewer's yeast
1/2 c. butter, room temp
1c. granulated sugar (calls for this as 1c agave, 2 cups total for the recipe, but it's expensive)
2 eggs
1/2 Tbsp Vanilla
3/4 c. walnuts, crushed (optional; I didn't include)
2. chocolate chips
3/4 c. rasins (left these out too)
3 c. oats
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 c. agave nectar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

In a bowl mix flax and water until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.

Flax + water mush. 

In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, and brewer's yeast.
In another bowl beat together butter and sugar until mixed and fluffy.  Add eggs, mixing after each one.  Add vanilla.  Add in the flax and combine well.

Finally, we have a hand mixer.  Thank you Raeanna!

Add the dry ingredient mixture slowly and mix well.
Fold in walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins.
Add in oats.
After everything is blended together well, add the applesauce and cup of Agave nectar and stir through well.

Scoop onto greased or parchment-lined sheets, and press down each ball of dough lightly.

Bake 9 minutes, or until golden around the edges. My oven runs a little hot.  Let them cool on the sheet before transfering.

Like I said these are different but nutrient rich and tasty.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.  It seems to be birthing season so I'm sure that are many new mothers that could benefit from these. 


  1. birthing season?????????????? this is an educational addition to our extensive cookie recipe collection. :)

  2. I know a lot of couples who have recently had babies or will soon, but it feels like an odd gesture to bring someone unsolicited lactation aids.



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