During the holiday season, with cookies cropping up on countertops and in break rooms everywhere, it can be easy to forget about eating foods to support milk supply. The good news is, that with so many ingredients that encourage milk production, you can enjoy your very own cookies that support healthy lactation.
Recipes for lactation cookies can be found all over the Internet and Pinterest but they’re not all created equally. While most of the milk-boosting ingredients are the same (fenugreek, oatmeal and brewers yeast, among others) many of them are loaded with sugar and other unnecessary ingredients. Look for recipes containing whole wheat or oatmeal flour and small amounts of sugar or honey. You can even avoid grains altogether by opting for a paleo lactation cookie or even have someone else make them and ship them straight to you.
After playing around with several recipes while I was nursing I created my own go-to recipe. It’s filled with superfoods such as goji berries and blackstrap molasses, which make them healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast while still being delicious.
½ cup butter (organic, pastured)
¼ cup brown sugar
1/6-cup blackstrap molasses
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. flaxseed meal
1 large egg (cage-free, organic)
½ teaspoon vanilla
1-cup whole-wheat flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ cups thick cut oats
1-cup goji berries
¼ cup raisins (you can sub this for your favorite dried fruit or even dark chocolate chips)
2 tbsp. brewers yeast
2 tbsp. of your favorite milk (organic whole, coconut, almond)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together flaxseed meal and water and set aside to gel
Cream together butter, molasses and sugar then add egg, flaxseed mixture and vanilla.
In a separate bowl mix together the flour, oatmeal, baking soda and salt and add to the butter mixture.
Stir in the goji berries, raisins and milk. The mixture should be thick.
Scoop them onto a cookie sheet greased with coconut oil, they won’t expand so shape them however you like and don’t worry about leaving space between them.
Bake for about 12 minutes.
Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Visit her blog and website at JacquelineBanks.com.