By BridgetMarie on October 26, 2006
Photo by jugglingmom4
Photo by jugglingmom4
"This recipe is great for mothers who are breastfeeding. It helps to keep your milk supply up or increase your milk supply. Use more brewers yeast and oatmeal if you are wanting to increase your milk supply. You can use more chocolate chips if you like or any kind of chips."
Serving Size: 1 (31 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 54
"These taste pretty good and do boost your milk supply, but it's not the healthiest recipe. I'm a doula and I make some variation of these for all of my moms. I follow the basic recipe, but I always use scant cups of sugars, 4 heaping T. of Brewer's yeast (this is the most crucial ingredient), 2-4T. Blackstrap molasses, half whole wheat flour and half whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour. Depending on what I have on hand and my mom's taste and needs, I usually add walnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, hemp seeds, carob, almond butter, spirulina, sesame seeds or any combination of the above. I also add ginger if a mom has slow letdown, but only if she didn't have significant blood loss after the birth since ginger is a natural blood thinner. If it's been a few weeks since she gave birth and her bleeding has stopped, ginger is fine. I have added fenugreek to the recipe as well, but only if the mom is having serious supply issues. Otherwise, I recommend fenugreek tea since it's milder and easier to control the amount you consume. I've even made them vegan by using Ener-G and vegan margarine and shortening. I think it's a good base recipe and it adapts well. Every version I've ever made has been tasty."
"I make these for my wife, and she likes them a lot... I make one alteration: Only use 2 T of water instead of 4. The cookies won't spread out or fall apart, and hold their shape much better than if you use 4."
"I'd give this five stars once I altered it (keeping in mind that I intended for it to be a healthy snack to give to the kids while boosting my milk supply. Don't expect chips ahoy and you won't be disappointed). Here's an important note: The whole point of flax is to boost milk supply. WHY ON EARTH does this (and every other similar recipe I've found) contain eggs, then?? Ground flax is a natural egg substitute! Forget the eggs, double the flax, and not only have you boosted the nutritional value and lowered the cholesterol/calories, you've increased one of the most important ingredients for helping your milk supply! You won't even notice they're missing.
So here's my recipe, using this recipe as a guideline. I've just about changed the whole thing, so I better just type it out. The sweeteners can be flexible according to what you have on hand. Hopefully that isn't sugar, but nobody is perfect!
1 1/2 cup pureed/mashed sweet potato (can probably also use applesauce, banana, or finely shredded zucchini, though I haven't tried it)
1/2 cup Suconat
1/2 cup honey
1 Dropper Liquid Stevia
4 heaping TBS ground flax (preferably freshly ground, as it's more nutritious)
2/3 cup water
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2- 2 cups Hard white whole wheat flour (also known as white wheat whole wheat)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Ground Fennel
1/4 heaping cup Nutritional Yeast (otherwise known as Brewers Yeast)
3 cups Rolled Oats (preferably thick cut)
1 cup Chocolate Chips (or cacao chips, cranberries, raisins, nuts, or any combination of the above)
Mix ground flax with water and let sit while beating mashed sweet potatoes and sweeteners. Add ground flax mix and vanilla, beat again.
In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, fennel and nutritional yeast.
Add flour mix to wet mix. (Depending on what you use as a butter substitute, you may need more or less flour, depending on how wet it is. You want to be able to stir it after the oats are added, but not too easily...You don't want the cookies to mash together in the oven. I always do a test cookie before spooning out the whole batch.)
Stir in oatmeal and other mix-ins.
Spray cookie sheet with olive oil (remember there is no butter in these cookies), drop cookies and lightly press with your fingers. Bake 10-12 minutes."
"These are very tasty! My alterations - 1/2 white bread flour, 1/2 whole wheat flour; no brewer's yeast (couldn't find it); added 7 opened capsules of fneugreek powder; added 1 cup dried crasins/cranberries. Overall, they're tasty and the fneugreek makes them have an interesting maple flavor. I approve! We'll have to wait and see what they do for supply, since I've just pulled them out of the oven and eaten 3."
"These are great. I have so many problems with my milk supply that I'm pumping constantly (trying to pump while nursing, now that's a trick!). Like many of the other reviewers I was worried about the nutrition content/white sugar & white flour. I found these Lactation Cookies at www.YummyMummyCookies.com which are organic and contain Fenugreek as well as Brewers Yeast. The Lemon Poppyseed Lactation Cookie one is addictive but they're so healthy I feel ok eating them everyday and they REALLY helped me. I started pumping an extra 8oz a day sometimes."
"Ok first off, thanks so much for the awesome recipe. I have made this a few times now and after a little bit of tweaking and trial and error, I've pretty much got the hang of this recipe. The things I tweaked were as follows:<br/><br/>Flax and water: I am generous with my 2Tbs Flax and instead of 4 Tbs of water I did 2.<br/>Brewers Yeast: I am also very generous on my 4Tbs of Brewers Yeast. <br/><br/>The result is a nice fat great looking cookie that tastes awesome and has a bit extra of the main ingredients that help with milk production. On my first attempt I think the extra water made my cookies flat like a pancake, so these tweaks definitely made a difference in that, and now they are plump and attractive, especially for giving as gifts."
"My tasty additions: 10 capsules of Fenugreek. 10 capsules of Blessed Thistle. 4T of flax seed, 4T of pumpkin seed. I blended these in a food processor for about 5 minutes, then added the 4T of water the recipe called for. The water was absorbed the the seeds. I also used 4T of Brewer's Yeast. I couldn't taste any of these additions so that's a big plus! So yummy. I felt fuller after eating way too many. We'll see what the pump says today."
"Excellent base recipe. The cookies are a treat to eat! My alterations: Instead of 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of honey or agave nectar; 1/2 regular and 1/2 whole wheat flour; added an extra teaspoon of vanilla and a generous sprinkling (probably about 2 tsp) of cinammon; used chocolate chunks instead of chips. The recipe made just over 4 dozen drop cookies. I was able to split a batch into quarters and freeze for later as well."
"very yummy. i cut the sugar in half so only 1/2 cup of each and used whole what flour and they were still delicious. because of past surgeries, i have very low milk supply but i do notice a difference when i eat a whole bunch of these. and i really hope they are ok for my kids to eat because they love them too!"
"Delicious! I followed the recipe and they turned out great. I even used the full 4 Tbs of yeast. I didn't have choco chips so I put in raisins and pecans instead. mmm I will be making these again and again. I think I might even try making a "mix" to give to new moms."
"I'd give this 5 stars if the recipe had worked well the first time. As it is, it has two problems: (1) WAY too sugary, and (2) WAY too liquid; I put 15 tablespoon-sized cookies on a tray and they melted together into 1 big cookie. To cut down the sugar shock and preserve the flavor: Instead of 1 cup sugar and 1 cup brown sugar, use 1/2 cup sugar, a couple tablespoonfs of honey, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of stevia powder (1/2 teaspoon is approximately the sweetness of 1 cup sugar, but it's greatly diminished in baking). Combine the water and vanilla and dissolve the stevia powder in it before adding the flax meal. You can also cut down the chocolate chips because they aggravate uterine fibroids, but keep in mind the chocolate chips also contribute to the sweetness. To prevent runniness while baking, add 1/2 cup more flour to the recipe. I use this modified recipe cut in half to make 2 dozen cookies."
"Delish! These are super addictive and really do help with milk supply. Thanks for this recipe!"
"These are so delicious! I used the full cup of brown sugar but reduced down the white sugar to 1/2 cup (I used organic evaporated cane juice sugar). I used the full 4 TB of brewer's yeast and really couldn't even taste it. They taste just a little savory with the sweet, which I LOVE. Everyone in my family loves these!"
"I never write reviews, but WOW has this made a difference! I'm pumping double what I was before. When I had to go back to work, my supply went down drastically. I was beyond worried and thought I would give this recipe a try. I did take a few others advice and added 4 tbsp. of Brewers yeast and 4 tbsp. of ground organic flaxseed. This recipe is a complete lifesaver!! (And super good too!!)"
"Thanks for posting this receipe. I love these cookies. I do however, make one change. I add a cup of raisins and only half the recommended amount of chocolate chips."
"I followed the recipe exactly except for the water. I just left it out completely. The cookies turned out great and are delicious. I know they are not the healthiest but I honestly don't care!"
"The first time I made these I forced myself to eat them but my husband"
"Everyone is super stressed out about the health of these cookies, but my motto is everything in moderation! I love these AS IS (although I don't love chocolate so I used butterscotch chips instead). I just eat 1 cookie for dessert and would rather have 1 deliciously sweet cookie than something that tastes like a vitamin store (sorry, I say this with love for my healthy sisters out there... I too shop at whole foods ;). I live at high altitude and these came out perfect with the addition of a few tablespoons of extra flour (a must for anyone in CO). DELISH. For those who find it watery or whose cookies spread -- try some extra oats or flour and never over-beat your eggs/butter. I think these will be my go-too sweet treat for nursing friends after having a baby. I haven't noticed any change in my supply, but I am hoping these will help keep the status quo when I go back to work and rely on all-day pumping..."
"I love these cookies!! I made a few change to make these cookies more indulgent. Instead of butter I used coconut oil I added 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup of craisons 1 1/2 tablespoons of organic vanilla extract 2 cups of old fashioned oats and 1 cup.steal cut oats. 4 large.tablespoons of brewers yeast. They turned out so so yummy!! Enjoy!"
"So, the main players for lactation are the flax seed and most important: the brewers yeast. Dont skip this. if you double the brewers yeast and flax seed amt, the amt of sugar in the recipe helps. I found brewers yeast to be pretty "earthy" tasting (gag). Here's what I ended up doing: whole wheat instead of white flour, 4 heaping tbsp ground flax meal ( to this I added enough water 4tbsp ish to make a thick paste, think weird egg consistency) a whole bunch of brewers yeast, way more then 4 heaping tbsps, 1cup packed brown sugar, I also added some real maple syrup instead of granulated sugar, (fenugreek is another milk maker that smells like maple syrup but it didn't agree with me) I used 1 1/2 c butter and 1/2 c coconut oil. And I added chocolate chips and shredded unsweetened coconut, the coconut helped hide the earthiness, so I added some more, then some cocoa powder. I also added a bit more baking powder because of the heaviness of the whole wheat flour.... Baked 8 min at 350. <br/><br/>I tried the super doula recipe with molasses and no egg and minimal sugar.....I choked them down, didn't enjoy the cookies at. All. Which is a shame when eating a cookie. These whole wheat, brown sugar, butter, chocolate coconut cookies are actually somewhat tasty!!!!"