Gluten Free Lactation Cookies
I love the idea lactation cookies. Not only are they yummy and easy to grab when you are nursing and hungry, they are something that other people can easily make for you! However, I noticed that most recipes were loaded with sugar and white flour, even though they also contained great lactation supporting ingredients. I wanted to find something that was healthier. Ideally, I wanted something that was gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free (except for the chocolate chips)… and I’ve come up with just that! It took some tweaking, but what we’ve got here is a healthy AND delicious cookie! They are soft and chewy and just… so yummy! Truly, you would never know they weren’t traditional oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (just ask my kids). So what makes these “lactation” cookies? First, don’t worry, guys… these won’t make you lactate; they simply support and give a boost to those mamas who already are. Here’s how the ingredients support a good milk supply:
Oats are a whole grain, high in fiber and iron, and lend plenty of quality calories. It is all three of these things which are believed to help with milk production.
Brewer’s yeast is high in B vitamins. B vitamins are water soluble vitamins which give a much needed energy boost as well as support immune function. Brewer’s yeast also provides protein.
Flax seed oil contains omega-3′s which are needed for your body to produce the necessary hormones for breastfeeding.
This particular recipe also contains unsweetened coconut, which is believed to support lactation as well as increase the amount of protective antimicrobials passed on to the baby through the mother’s milk.
All of these ingredients have lots of health benefits for everyone!
Jo’s Lactation Cookies
Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 cups (16 oz) almond butter
3/4 cup real honey or pure maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp brewer’s yeast
1/2 cup flax meal
1/2 cup oat flour (you can just whir 1/2 cup oats in your food processor until very fine)
3 1/2 cups rolled or old fashioned oats
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened flake coconut
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 350º.
Stir together coconut oil, almond butter, and honey/maple syrup until well combined.
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix.
Add the salt, brewer’s yeast, flax meal, oat flour, oats, baking soda, and coconut; mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips. Just a heads up, the dough will be wet and sticky.
Use a small scoop to shape cookies. Gently press them flat on cookie sheet before baking.
Bake 8-10 minutes. Do not over-bake them! The cookies should be chewy and soft, and not crunchy.
Let cool on a wire rack at least until they are cool enough not to burn your tongue. Enjoy!