Time to do some baking…
I have come across lots of different recipes for lactation cookies and every time I backed them I was changing the ingredients, sometimes the mixture was too dry sometimes too wet and usually way too sweet, not to mention some recipes I found looked complicated.
I’ve put together a recipe that’s easy to make, that does not require the use of 5 different bowls, food processor or other complicated equipment and makes extremely tasty cookies.
Those cookies are for busy breastfeeding mums, who don’t have endless amounts of time on their hands to bake and clean up the mess in the kitchen afterwards. You also don’t have to worry about the exact measurements.
I do like to cook and bake from scratch, so here you go, the simplest lactation cookie recipe you’ll ever find.
1 large saucepan (the size is important – it will be your mixing bowl)
measuring spoons (teaspoon and tablespoon)
US measuring cups or measuring jug
wooden spoon to mix the cookie dough
scale (if you want to be exact)
for 25-30 cookies (double it if you want more cookies)
1/2 cup butter – 115 g butter (I buy 200g pack of butter, and use 1/2 pack plus 1 tablespoon)
1/4 cup brown sugar – 3 1/2 tablespoon sugar (I used cane sugar)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1/2 packet of vanilla sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup flour (235 ml, if using a measuring jug) flour (wheat flour, spelt flour or gluten free mix)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (skip it if you don’t like it)
the “do not substitute” ingredients *
2 tablespoons flax seed
2 tablespoons of Brewers Yeast
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 – 2 cup (350-450ml, if using a measuring jug) rolled oats
the yummy addition
1/3 cup (4.5 tablespoons) chocolate chips or chopped cooking chocolate (usually dark) and 1/3 cup (4.5 tablespoons) dried cranberries
1/3 cup (4.5 tablespoons) raisins and 1/3 cup (4.5 tablespoons) chopped walnuts
the possibly needed
2 tablespoons of milk or water
1. Preheat over to 175°C or 160°C fan (350°F)
2. Line baking tray with baking paper and set aside
3. Melt butter and sugar in a large saucepan, let it cool
4. Mix in egg and salt
5. Add flour and baking soda, mix well
6. Add flaxseed, oats, brewers yeast, chia seeds, mix well
7. Add the yummy ingredients, mix well
If the mixture is to dry, too crumbly add a tablespoon of milk or water at a time, it will help to combine it better. The mixture will be quite stiff but should hold together.
8. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie on the prepared baking tray, not too close together
9. Bake 8 -12 min depending the size of cookies
10. Let it cool
Tried and tested by mums, you can bake more and freeze them.
*) The 4 “do not substitute” ingredients can help with increasing your milk supply. It’s not scientifically proven they do, it might be an old wive’s tale, but these are healthy ingredients and definitely worth having in your diet, especially when breastfeeding.
Adding some flax to a diet makes good nutritional sense, it’s a natural sourse of essential fatty acids. Flax seeds and flax seed oil are a great source of alpha linolenic acid (the source for omega-6 fatty acid) and omega-3 fatty acid. The whole seeds provide fiber, the ground seeds are rich in protein.
Chia seeds are highly nutritious, they contain high percentage of fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acid. They are a great source of calcium and anti-oxidants.
Brewers yeast is a highly nutritious dietary supplement that contains protein, iron, and B vitamins, as well as chromium, selenium, and other trace minerals. If you take brewer’s yeast as a dietary supplement while you’re breastfeeding, the protein, iron, and B vitamins may help to combat fatigue.
Saponins — which oats are full of — are antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, supporting the immune system, but they also impact the milk-making hormones produced by the pituitary gland. Oats are also a good source of iron. Apart from using in cookies you can enjoy a bowl of porridge / oatmeal for breakfast, as it’s said it’s comfort food and helps you relax which leads to increased milk production.
Enjoy and let me know which yummy ingredients are your favourite, just comment below.