I decided to make some of these for the mum I am looking after at the moment, as baby wasn’t putting on weight and the IBCLC diagnosed a problem with mum’s milk supply. I got the main gist of the recipe from Housepoet’s Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Flaxseed cookies… but added my own twist to it as this is what I normally do to recipes. I tend to alter recipes to suit my needs and I decided to add some dried apricots and cranberries to the recipe as dried apricots are a good source of iron. I also did this because I wasn’t sure how the brewer’s yeast would taste as I had smelled it and wanted something to mask the rather distinct flavour it may give. I had made some choc chip, oatmeal and cranberry cookies for this mum before and she really liked them so thought the cranberries would be a good idea to add. Dark chocolate is also a good source of iron but I am not sure how much dark chocolate there is in the semi-sweet dark choc chips. In addition, I also altered the amount of flour used to make a softer cookie.
So, my lactation cookies contains all the vital milk producing ingredients… oatmeal, flaxseed meal, brewers yeast but also has a few lovely tasting bits in them.
Lactation Cookies Doing the Doula Style (makes about 80 small cookies)
1 cup butter, you can use margarine if wished
1 coup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp flaxseed meal ( available from health food shops and bulk barn, I went to bulk barn)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 and 3/4 cup flour, or if using wholemeal 1 and 1/4 cups
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
3 cups rolled oats, I used thick cut
1 cup choc chips
2 oz dried apricots, snipped into small bits
1/2 cup dried and sweetened cranberries
2 tbsps brewers yeast. No substitutions, has to be brewers yeast. Be generous and I got this from bulk barn too
Preheat oven to 375 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
Mix together the flaxseed meal and water and set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix well, add the flaxseed meal mixture and vanilla. Beat well. Whisk together the dry ingredients except the oatmeal, chic chips and dried fruit. Add dried ingredients to butter mix, stir in oats, chic chips and dried fruit.
Drop cookie size blobs onto baking sheet, I used 2 teaspoons to do this, cookies will expand a bit due to baking powder. Bake 8-12 minutes depending on size of cookies.
I made about 80 cookies with this recipe.
They tasted quite nice, soft and slightly chewy. I was generous with the yeast and so my normal food tasters weren’t too keen on them but the mum I gave them too really likes them. So, now to see if they work!