There’s a lot they don’t tell you when you get pregnant. We hear a lot about the lack of sleep, the stretch marks, and the infinite loss of personal space. We’re prepared for birthing classes and diaper changing, we hear whispers of the terrible twos, and some of us can even sing “Rockabye Baby” in three-part harmonies by the time the kid arrives. But there’s other things, things people don’t tell you about, and that’s the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night.
People don’t mention legs cramps and night sweats and that weird upper lip discoloration that looks like a mustache. They don’t tell you that everything, even your little pinkies and nose, will swell, or that postpartum hair loss might leave you looking a little like Danny DeVito. There is a very real dying to self in motherhood, and there’s very little that can prepare you for the inner draining and temporary identity confusion that can ensue post-baby. Some of the most terrifying unmentionables are the ones surrounding nursing. Just brace yourself for the mystery there.
Moms Need Cookies?
If you’ve ever nursed a child, you’ve heard of lactation cookies. There’s something about subjecting yourself to be a human chew toy that will send you deep into a black hole of the internet to read anything that will make that process easier. For some, milk production is an easy feat that flows in abundance, but for others it’s a daily struggle that can be incredibly stressful (as if we needed more of that, right?) I made these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (aka, lactation cookies that don’t suck) for the baby mamas who need their sweets to be dual-purpose: delicious and healthyish.
These lactation cookies are loaded with the stuff that encourages milk production in nursing Mamas but has enough of the goodness (read: butter, sugar, and chocolate chips) to make them not taste like garbage. If you’ve ever made lactation cookies before, forget that recipe and keep this one forever. These lactation cookies are the actual bomb.com and will be the only one you’ll want for yourself and your gal pals with kiddos.
What’s a Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie, Anyways?
So what’s so healthyish about these cookies? The star ingredients here are chia seeds, flaxseed meal, brewer’s yeast, and oats. All of these have milk producing properties that will help spur on that Vitamin D. More good news: MEN CAN EAT THESE TOO. Would you believe these are actually some of Brett’s *Favorite* cookies? No, your guy won’t start leaking if he eats these, but you have my full support in telling him that they will. After all, the nursing mom shouldn’t have to share these with anyone. (Sidebar: I know most of the guys have already stopped reading by now. I’m sorry that you’ve somehow made it this far, but to be fair there’s only, like, 2 of you anyways.)
Now I know someone is going to write me and tell me these aren’t healthy because of the processed sugar or all-purpose flour or yada yada yada. I hear you, but that is not how we’re rolling, okay? I tested a million versions of this cookie, and this is the one my heart desires. Feel free to bypass this for some other cookie that may or may not (read: will not) taste as good.
Next week we will get back to posting everyday recipes that won’t feel totally weird for everyone. Just be glad I didn’t get into any uncomfortable boob talk, okay? Make these lactation cookies for yourself or any of your nursing friends and let me know what you think! Happy baking and happy lactating!
If you like these lactation cookies you should try:
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Almost-Paleo Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies
Morning Glory Muffins
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
These lactation cookies are healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies containing ingredients that help stimulate milk production!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 48
- Category: Dessert
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on low to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, yeast, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, baking soda, and salt, stirring on low just until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl again and add the oats and chocolate chips. Scoop 1-1/2 tablespoon sized balls of dough (I use a medium cookie scoop) onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 11 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are golden and the centers are set. Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- If you prefer an even healthier cookie, these can be prepared with 1/2 cup LESS granulated sugar and 1/2 cup LESS chocolate chips. The Brewer’s yeast has a strong flavor, so I prefer to cover it up a bit. 🙂
20 thoughts on “Lactation Cookies (aka Healthyish Chocolate Chip Cookies)”
Thank you Kate for sharing this recipe!
For gluten sensitive mommas out there, I just tried the recipe simply with Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 gluten free blend and it worked wonderfully! I can confirm husbands and toddlers have no problems downing these!
Next time, I may try to do 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (even 1/2 is still too sweet for me) and do 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup of crushed peanuts. Keep you guys posted!
HOORAYYYY!!! I’m so happy to hear this! Enjoy!
Hello! I can’t find brewer’s yeast where I live, is there something else that can be a subsitute?
I couldn’t find it at a store either but was able to order it on amazon
I have a 5.5 month breastfed bub here getting heavier as soon as I started eating these. I’ve made countless choc chip cookies including the double tree hilton, pan banging, and David Leite’s 48 hour choc chips in isolation and my husband and my favourite ones are surprisingly these ones! They have great texture and taste from all the added lactation ingredients and I love you used butter instead of coconut oil unlike other lactation cookies.
I made these originally for a friend with a newborn but I don’t think it’ll leave the house. Thanks for developing and sharing the recipe.
I’m thrilled to hear this!!
I don’t have a baby, but love brewers yeast. I’m going straight to make these!! (Thanks for the recipe, and also informative post :))
hooray! I’m thrilled to hear this!
Hi Kate, is there a substitute for eggs for this recipe?
Hi there! I haven’t tested this, but typically you can use 3 tablespoons of water plus one tablespoon of flaxseed meal as an egg substitute. I can’t speak to this in this specific recipe, but could work!
Can’t wait to try these! Few questions — Will the dough freeze well? I’d love to make a big batch and freeze some so that I can bake some fresh & warm cookies whenever I want. Also, can I add walnuts to the dough?
Go ahead and bake up the cookies- they thaw out well after being frozen.:)
I am a mom of six, as of February 7! Truly blessed! I have nursed all of my babies and milk production has always been a struggle. A week after baby six was born, a friend gave me a bag of “No-Bake lactation bites”. They have revolutionized my milk production! Baby six is fully satisfied after each feeding. The key ingredient for the bites is “Brewers Yeast”. I loved reading this post because it was a great reminder that I’m not alone in my 6 attempts to be a milk machine! I am looking forward to baking your cookies.
I’m thrilled to hear this! Thank you for sharing!
These cookies really are the bomb. I love them. I made some for myself and shared with a friend and our husbands couldn’t stop eating them.
YESSSS. OG cookie maker.
Amen, sister. I wish we had these when our boys were born. I would have a great excuse for gaining the ‘sympathy’ weight with my wife. IMO, I think that there is too much stigma around breast feeding in public. It’s all about baby and momma’s well being and comfort.
So funny! Brings back so many memories!! Also, where were these delicious nuggets when I was nursing my littles??
You can eat them now! 🙂