Milk and Cookies

Lactation Cookie 1

Have you ever felt like you needed more milk?  That is me lately–but it’s milk for my baby!  🙂

Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those creepy TMI (too much info) posts, I promise.  I just plan to share with you a cookie recipe that is first of all delicious; but is also rich in galoctagogues; which are substances that improve lactation.

Will you start lactating if you eat these cookies?  Probably not. But if you do, let me know, because you’re awesome!  🙂  *Sigh*  If it were only that easy

If you love dark chocolate, oatmeal, pumpkin (and beer!), well; you’re in luck.  In these cookies you will find all of those things and a healthy helping of brewer’s yeast, which is also a super food– but alas, ’tis another blog post for another day.

I have made these cookies probably 5 different variations of this recipe.  (The one I refer to is the second on the page).  But my variation I share with you is my favorite by far!

Milk and Cookies

  • Dark Chocolate 3 c oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour (GF flour works fine too)
  • 6 T brewer’s yeast
  • 1 c ground flax seed
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 c walnuts (or nuts of your choice)
  • 1 whole dark chocolate bar chopped. (3 oz.)
  • 1/2 c dried fruit (I like cherries or cranberries for this)
  • 3/4 c pumpkin
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c raw honey
  • 1/2 c coconut oil
  • 1/4 c water


(I gotta say that this takes too many bowls and is sticky, but, I think, along with all who have tried it, that it’s worth it.  I’m all about full disclosure though…)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 2 large cookie sheets.

  • In a small bowl mix flax and water until incorporated.
  • In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt and brewer’s yeast. (Dry ingredients– minus the oats).
  • In another bowl mix together coconut oil, 1/2 c honey (save the rest for later), vanilla, eggs and pumpkin.  (Wet ingredients).  Whisk until incorporated.
  • Add the flax to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir.  (You might want to bust out your mixing bowl, but I never do because I don’t want to clean a 4th bowl!)
  • Mix in walnuts, chopped chocolate, and dried fruit.
  • Mix in oats.  It’s super sticky by now so I am mixing with my hands for this step.
  • Add final amount of honey and mix well.  Note: I say ‘amount’ because I only add another 1/2 c at this step, making my total amount of honey 1 c.  If you like sweeter cookies, add 1 c, making your total amount of honey 1 1/2 c.  Personal preference).

Scoop onto greased sheets and press down lightly.  Bake for 13-14 minutes.

Note: My friend had a genius idea, that these should be pressed into a pan and baked, and then cut into squares.  I think she’s right.  At the time of writing, I had not tried that method yet, but, it is on my list of never-ending things to do!  If you try it, share your results with us!

Makes: Enough for the week and then some…

Lactation Cookie


*If you would like additional breast feeding resources, in addition to a doctor’s advice, my favorite resources are:

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  1. Just did the pan version and they turned out fabulously! I think of them as little energy bars, since I don’t have babies to breastfeed and need an excuse to make these delicious morsels!!! I added a bit more nuts (pecans) and used chocolate chips instead of a bar chocolate (dark chocolate, bulk, 50% cacao). Also, I didn’t use the last bit of honey (because I forgot) and they are still sweet enough! Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  2. These look like a real treasure! I too had problems with not enough milk when I was breastfeeding. I only wish I knew about the following recipe with my first 2. My 3rd child benefited tremendously with me drinking a good cup of this a day. I would soak the herbs overnight, then pour hot water over them with some stevia to sweeten it up and a touch of cream. Seriously worked for me. I like that they give you the recipe, so if you had these herbs at home already, you can make your own. So, if you have anymore bundles of joy, I would highly recommend checking this out. 🙂

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