Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on August 5, 2013

So I recently put a post up on my facebook page about some lactation cookies I had made.  I ended up getting more emails and private messages than I knew what to do with.  So I decided to get this recipe up fast so that everyone would be able to make them!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

So I recently put a post up on my Facebook page about some lactation cookies I had made. I ended up getting more emails and private messages than I knew what to do with. So I decided to get this recipe up fast so that everyone would be able to make them!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chip cookies, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 1/2 c oats can be quick oats
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp. Brewers yeast
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 3/4 c shortening
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp. all spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 10 oz bag Dairy Free mini chocolate chips
  1. Heat oven to 350 (I baked at 325 in convection oven)
  2. In medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, all spice and cocoa.
  3. In stand mixer on medium speed, add shortening, sugar and vanilla. Add in eggs one at a time. Mix on medium high for 1-2 minutes to ensure well combined.

  4. Turn mixer to lowest setting in slowly add in flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  5. Remove bowl from mixer and add in oats, mini chocolate chips, yeast and flaxseed. Mix by hand.
  6. These cookies work best when on silpat or parchment paper on your baking sheet. I made each cookie roughly a tablespoon and placed about 2 inches apart.

  7. Bake for 7-9 minutes and then cool on cooling rack. Keep a close eye on these cookies and remove when edges are just barely browned. The center may appear slightly "wet" and that is ok. Cookie will continue to bake after it is removed from oven.


Dairy Free Lactation Cookies


What is a lactation cookie exactly?  It a cookie that has a few key ingredients that promote lactation, or increase a nursing mom’s milk supply.

For instance, in this cookie I have included oats.  Researchers have long since known that oatmeal has properties in it that help to lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy blood pressure.  Oats also provide plenty of iron as well as an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  New moms definitely need all that!

Lactation Cookies

These delicious cookies also contain Brewers yeast, ground flaxseed and dairy free mini chocolate chips.  The yeast and flaxseed are classic components to a Lactation cookie, but I wanted to take it one step further.  I decided to use all shortening instead of butter and the dairy free chocolate in my recipe to ensure it was dairy free.

I know when I was nursing Eddie I experimented with a dairy free diet in the hopes it would help with his colic.  To have been able to enjoy a scrumptious chocolate chip cookie during that time would have been such a treat!

Dairy Free Lactation Cookies

These cookies do contain cinnamon and all spice and you may certainly omit them if you have a sensitivity.

In the research I did, it wasn’t recommended to use a cinnamon supplement while breastfeeding or consume more than 1 tsp per day. (In very small doses cinnamon can actually be beneficial.)

These cookies have a crispy crunchy exterior and a chewy center.  I loved the juxtaposition!

Dairy Free Lactation Cookies

Here is the nitty gritty.  New moms need all the blessings they can get.  To be able to make cookies for a nursing mom that not only help her but taste good?  AND it’s recommended to eat about 4 a day.

I can’t think of a better prescription!

***These cookies are delicious and can be eaten by anyone.

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  • Amani says:

    Can I still make a lactation cookies if I omit brewer’s yeast? or its the main ingredient for lactation? thanks!

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, of course you can still make them! But yes, if you want to make sure they help to promote lactation, the yeast is important.

  • Erin says:

    Has anyone ever tried making these as cookie bars, maybe in a 9×13? If so, how long did you bake them for? Being a new mom, I’m sometimes short on time so making bars in one pan as opposed to multiple batches of cookies is easier. I’ve made these as cookies before and love them!

  • Leslie says:

    Hi! What do you mean by 1/2 tsp of all spice?

  • Aliyah says:

    Hi Amanda, thanks for the great cookies recipes!! Just like to find out, if the dough needs to be refrigerate before baking?

    Thank you!

  • Rhonda says:

    I want to make these for my niece but she doesn’t like chocolate. Can I omit the cocoa and replace the chocolate chips with raisins?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I haven’t tested that but I believe you could.