TASTE: Milkmaid Cookies (for lactating mamas!)
This recipe is my secret weapon.
As a nursing mother, I have experienced the highs and lows of breastfeeding during my almost 10-month journey. If you are experiencing a drop in your milk supply, but you want to continue breastfeeding, cook up a batch of these cookies and get to eating! The combination of flaxseed, Brewers Yeast (an awesome super food!) and oatmeal is some kind of magic sauce, and helps increase the lactation. I like to refer to these as my boobie cookies, but that probably seems kind of crude to some of you. Although, if you do refer to them as your boobie cookies around the house, it might scare your husband from polishing them all off. I told mine that these would make him grow boobs and start spraying milk in public. However, doesn't seem to fear this, because these cookies still disappear... I need a new scare tactic.
Many thanks to my sister for introducing this recipe to me. I've tweaked it a bit, subbing in a few different kinds of sugar instead of using white sugar. I also added in the variety of chocolate and white chocolate chips and raisins, because I like my cookies to have some extra flavor. Plus, the flavor of the Brewers Yeast (the main ingredient that helps increase milk supply) is pretty bitter, so adding in some punches of add-ins really helps. Also, I used some steel-cut oats because it makes the cookies super nutty and chunky, but if you don't love that texture, you can use all regular oats.
Ingredients: (*Updated as of 4/12/2017!)
- 3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1.5 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
- 5 tbsp. brewers yeast
- 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 4 tbsp. coconut oil, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup organic white sugar
- 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- ½ cup dark or milk chocolate chips (the Ghirardelli kind are my fave)
- ½ cup white chocolate chips (again, the Ghirardelli are the best)
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup shredded coconut
I had the cutest little kitchen helper.
Mixing bowls really entertain babies in the kitchen. Another secret weapon!
I like to freeze half the batch in this "cookie log", then have some for later! Just wrap the remainder in parchment paper and then re-wrap in plastic wrap and store in the freezer.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
3. In another bowl, cream together the softened butter and coconut oil on medium speed. (Letting the butter sit out for an hour before baking makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE. It makes the entire batter soft and fluffy.) Slowly add in the white sugar, then the coconut sugar, then finally the maple syrup. Add in the two eggs and continue to beat until combined.
4. Slowly begin to pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture, continuously beating the mixture to combine the two until both are fully combined.
5. Begin stirring in the chocolate (white and dark/milk) chips and raisins until evenly distributed.
6. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop 1-inch rounds onto a baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms are just slightly golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.
A few notes:- I recently changed over to this recipe and it tastes sooo good, not like a "healthy" cookie, but like a really good cookie! So beware, your family will totally snatch these from your stash. Even if you warn them that they will grow boobs from eating them - my boys are willing to take that chance apparently ;)
- This recipe will yield so many cookies. I actually baked about 1/4 of what this calls for a froze the rest into the cookie logs shown above. It's always nice to pull the frozen dough out of the freezer, slice them up and have hot cookies in 10 minutes. :)
Let thy milk flow.
I guarantee that you will experience some increase in your milk supply if you eat a few of these cookies each day. Let me know if you give these a try and how they work out for you!
Get your milk on, ladies.