Ingredients Prep time: Approximately 15 minutes Oven temp: Preheat to 170C or 338F Makes: Approximately 14-16 cookies, using a dessert spoon per cookie (double the recipe for more)

Source organic, local ingredients wherever possible. Lactation cookies need to be sweet enough to hide the very bitter taste of one of the most powerful ingredients, brewers yeast.

1 cup self raising wholemeal flour (if you have plain flour, add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)

1/2 cup butter (you can use organic virgin coconut oil instead if you prefer)

3/4 cup brown sugar (if you want to reduce sugar, you could try just 1/2 cup)

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

1 egg

2-3 tablespoons of water (depends on how moist you prefer the cookies to be)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional, for flavour)

1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, for flavour)

1-2 tablespoons of brewers yeast – do not substitute with bakers yeast or any other yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 & 1/2 cups oats – organic, steel cut oats are best for you, but rolled oats are fine

OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup of your favourite biscuit ingredients (see suggested list below) DO NOT leave out or substitute the brewers yeast when making lactation cookies. It’s one of the main ingredients that makes them work.

Method

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flaxseed and water and let them sit for a few minutes before adding to mix. Add the dry ingredients (apart from the oats and your additional ingredients) and mix well again. Finally, stir in the oats and your additional ingredients. Make the biscuits (use a dessert spoon as a rough size guide) and place them onto a lightly greased or lined baking tray. Flatten them a little with your fingers or a spatula – if you like a soft centre, don’t squash them down too much. If you like you can just make them into balls – I do this and I love the soft centre! Bake the lactation cookies for around 10-12 minutes, depending on how well cooked or crunchy you like your biscuits.

Boosting Your Lactation Cookies For Better Results

Try the above lactation cookies recipe first, but if you don’t notice much of an increase in supply, add more brewers yeast. If you like, add more flaxseed meal too, but don’t forget to increase the water when you add more dry ingredients. Add a tablespoon of water for each tablespoon of flaxseed meal. If the lactation cookies aren’t working or for supply issues in general, please get some reliable help from a qualified lactation consultant or breastfeeding support organisation. Lactation Cookies – Ingredient and Variation Ideas There are so many delicious ingredients you can add to your lactation cookies to flavour them up! You might like to add coconut, banana, grated apple, chic chips, sultanas, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, chopped dried apricots, chopped prunes, dates… the list is endless.

Delicious combinations: Coconut and banana Choc chip and cranberry White choc chips and macadamias Dried apricot and white chocolate Apple cinnamon: 1 teaspoon of cinnamon instead of vanilla, 1/2 cup chopped dried apple and 1/2 cup sultanas. For a healthier, lower carb and more fibre rich flour, use 50% or 100% coconut flour (you might need to add an extra egg). If you only have regular white flour to make lactation cookies, it’s fine, but remember it’s the most unhealthy flour.

Happy baking.