Lactation Cookies – Not just for moms!

Who knew that cookies were good for breastfeeding? Yay, I say! These are basically PB/Banana/Oatmeal/Choc-Chip cookies with some other tasty bits thrown in, and are good for everyone. They’re adapted from this recipe. I made half and froze half, and am having a hard time not just eating the whole batch. I think next time I’ll cut even more of the sugar and maybe add some nuts and some dried cranberries.


  • 1.5 C Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 C Steel-Cut Oats
  • 3/4 C Nut Butter (I used PB)
  • 1tsp Salt (less if using salted PB)
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C Butter (1 stick), Softened
  • 1 C Milled Flax (Bob’s Red Mill makes a good organic flax meal)
  • 3T Brewers Yeast (NOT bread yeast, friends!)
  • 1/3 C Water
  • 1 C Banana Pulp
  • 1/2 C Brown Sugar (could be cut to 1/4 and still be tasty, I think, or subbed out altogether)
  • 3 tsp Spices (I used 1tsp fenugreek, 1tsp cinnamon and 1tsp cloves)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 bag of choc chips (about 2 cups)
  • Nuts or other things…

Combine flour, salt, spices and baking soda in a bowl. In the mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and nut butter until creamy, then add the banana, flax, yeast and vanilla, blending thoroughly. Add the eggs and mix well. Add the flour mix in several parts, and then add the water until it looks like a good, goopy consistency. Mix in your chocolate chips and nuts, and then add your oats slowly, mixing thoroughly. Add more oats or liquid as needed to make them sticky – not too wet but not dry, either. Make balls of the desired size on cookie sheets and flatten with a fork. (I used parchment paper for easy clean up). Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350. Let cool, and then consume!

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