Sunday, May 16, 2010

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (Lactation) Cookies

I've been wanting to try making lactation cookies for a while, but I haven't had a reason to until now. These are chock-full of galactagogues (oats, almonds, flax, brewer's yeast), but they're also just plain yummy! J and I made the batter yesterday to put in the fridge until after baby comes, but we couldn't wait and had to bake a few last night just to have a taste! I adapted this recipe slightly:

You will need:

1 Cup butter
1 Cup white cane sugar
1 Cup firmly packed brown cane sugar
4 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons flax seed meal
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 Cups oats
1¼ Cups dark chocolate (or carob) chips (At least 1C, we had some extra and decided to go for it)
1 Cup (plus 1/3 cup almonds, optional) slivered
2-4 Tablespoons brewer's yeast (I used 3 tablespoons)

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  • Beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
  • Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Add both the flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat thoroughly.
  • Sift together the flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mix.
  • Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and 1 cup of almonds.
  • Scoop the batter onto a cookie sheet by the heaping spoonful.
  • Top each cookie with a few of the remaining almond slivers (optional).
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Let your cookies sit for a couple minutes then transfer them from the baking sheet to a cooling rack.

They're hearty and delicious, and not just for making more milk!


  1. that looks phenomenal

  2. Soo, good! I can't wait to make more for myself!

    --- Jennifer

  3. Do you make these for your clients?

  4. @Arual: I assume you're referring to my doula clients. I haven't taken a labor doula client since during my pregnancy. I haven't felt yet that I'm able to devote the time I feel is needed for a doula client, since I have a young baby at home.

    I HAVE made them for several friends who've had babies though, and also for myself. When I'm ready to take on a new client again, I will definitely make these for her postpartum!


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