When I received the shipment of the Kangaroo Tube Top from MilkandBaby.com, a recipe for lactation cookies was very smartly tucked inside. What a clever idea! As a new mom purchasing nursing wear, I was very happy to find this little surprise!
While my milk supply is well-established with no sign of diminishing, I like the idea of snacking on a special treat that will support abundant and healthy nutrition for my little Ben. These cookies were easy to prepare and they store nicely in the fridge. With top lactogenic ingredients like oats and flax, they taste great and keep me full. When I need a little pick-me-up (which happens often thanks to massive sleep deprivation!), I can count on this homemade sweet treat. These cookies would make a great gift for new moms!
My only issue with this recipe is the amount of sugar – 2 cups is a lot. I reduced it by 25% and the cookies still turned out great! Also, the recipe calls for brewer’s yeast. After looking (incorrectly) in the baking aisle for this unfamiliar ingredient, I found it in the health and nutrition section of Whole Foods. Turns out that brewer’s yeast is a well-known lactogenic food that not only increases milk supply, but can also combat fatigue and the baby blues.
No Bake Lactation Cookies (courtesy of milkandbaby.com)
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 sticks butter (I used an equal amount of coconut oil and the results were great)
1 cup milk
5 cups rolled oats
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup crushed walnuts
6 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1 cup flaxseed (meal or ground)
2 teaspoons vanilla
Set up cookie sheets with waxed paper.
Mix oats, brewer’s yeast, flax and nuts in a large bowl.
Bring first four ingredients to a roaring boil and cook for 1 minute.
Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract. Pour into oat mixture. Mix thoroughly and quickly. Spoon onto cookie sheets and allow to cool.
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