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  • 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!

    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!

    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

        Ingredients

        • 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

        Instructions

        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

        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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        Sorry if this was mentioned at some point, I didn’t read all the comments. I started a dairy and now soy free diet this week to try to help my little guys belly. I wasn’t sure what to use instead of the shortening. I just found earth balance soy and dairy free buttery spread. I fretted over using it, as I’m not much of a baker and didn’t know if it would work. Time is so precious right now and I didn’t want to waste that or the money on cookies that would be a flop! (I have to admit my hormones are out of control too. If they didn’t work I’d probably cry!) Oh my! Success!! These were AMAZING! Four a day! Ooookay if you insist! Thank you so much for posting. Now if I can keep my husband out of them. (Also FYI for folks. I got Enjoy Life dairy nut and soy free chocolate chips at Earth Fare and found the Brewer’s Yeast in the medicine section there too. I think everything else I found at a regular grocery store.)

        If you want these to be dairy free and still healthy you could switch out the shortening for coconut oil. Shortening I’d made up entirely of partially hydrogenated oils, which are one of the worst things you can put in your body! Also, there is always Kerry gold butter, which is a grass-fed butter so it is loaded with B vitamins abs vitamin k!

          Could also use palm shortening as a healthier alternative too.

        These are delicious and worked great. My friend brought some to me when I had my baby and I just made another batch! And 4 cookies a day? Shucks. Feeds my sugar addiction, but not so good for when you are trying to lose weight!

        Hi. Is it ok to use butter instead of shortening and not put in the Brewers Yeast? Thank you.

          The brewers yeast is one of the ingredients that boost your milk supply

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

          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.

        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!

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

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

        Thank you!

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