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."
"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 liked this recipe. Easy to over eat them! This is a good recipe if you're looking for more classic chocolate chips cookies. If you want to add more Yeast I would use milk chocolate chips to combat the potential bitterness!"
"I made these for my wife, and she loved them! I added a bit more chocolate and also a little fenugreek (which is also good for lactation). I've also added some peanut butter, which is tasty as well. Great easy recipe."
"Very good!!! I made the cookies following the recipe as written. However, I had a hard time keeping them together the broke before I could get them off the pan. Nevertheless, very good cookies. Will update if my Milk Supply increases."
"Like most of the other people rating the cookie, I made my own alterations too, though I read through the reviews first.
I used maybe 1 cup of brown sugar total, 4 heaping Tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal to 5 Tablespoons of water, 2 cups whole wheat flour, and 5 heaping Tablespoons of brewer's yeast. As I'm allergic to chocolate, I used a double handful of carob chips, then added a scant handful of sesame seeds, and a handful of sliced almonds.
I ate the dough as has been recommended by different people (both on this recipe & others), I noticed a difference in the increase of milk in about 2 hours after eating the dough each time and my breasts seemed to stay fuller longer even slightly engorged.
I cooked the rest of the dough up, using a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop, and got about 4 dozen cookies, but I made sure they were on the small side. I probably eat 3-4 each time I nurse my daughter (she is 4 weeks old today, made this about a week ago), and she likes to eat often. Other than the first time I ate teh dough in the evening, I have noticed that my milk is significantly lower in the evenings, so i am hoping to get enough milk pumped that I can offer her a 3-4 ounce bottle in the evenings around bedtime so she is less fussy -- I am going to use the Adiri bottle I have because it's made to look, feel & work like a human breast and be easier for baby to switch back & forth between beast and bottle.
I am definitely going to make these cookies again... my kids like them too, good food all around for us all, great for the fiber too. Thanks for sharing the recipe."
"These are delicious! I just ate my first few so I can't speak to their effectiveness yet, but I'm sick and noticed a drop in my supply so I'm hoping these will do the trick!"
"The cookies are great and work. I am a Doula and Midwife student. I have altered the recipe to make it gluten free. I used gluten free oats and rice flour. I also did molasses instead of brown sugar. Great taste!!"
"Thank you so much for this recipe. I have baked quite a few cookies now and they turn out perfectly. I%u2019ve already begun to see improvement in my supply after eating quite a few for a couple days. And I absolutely love that you%u2019ve included a calorie label right there on the page! This is simply wonderful.
I did not make any alterations to the recipe and they turned out fantastic. Beautiful texture, evenly shaped, that delicious crunch on the outside with the moist insides. My husband even ate a couple because they looked so good, hehe!"
"Tried this recipe and it was very food. Cut back the sugar to 3/4 cups each then added 12 caps of Fenugreek. I was just wondering if I can double the amount of flax seed and brewer's yeast in this recipe? Has anyone tried it?"