As a breastfeeding mama, you are multitasking at every moment, so why not multitask with your foods – make it healthy, nutritious, and taste like a dessert! These vegan dairy free lactation cookies are not only delicious but have ingredients that help support a healthy milk supply. The best part? They come together in one bowl and are done in less than 15 minutes. In this post, you’ll learn why this is a healthier version of your typical lactation cookie recipe, how it can help to increase your breastmilk supply, and exactly how to make these tasty vegan lactation cookies in a matter of minutes.
If you are hoping to boost milk production for your new baby this is the recipe for you. Whether you’re having a hard time because you currently have a low milk supply, or if you’d like to increase milk production because your baby is having a growth spurt, or if you are hoping to increase your breast milk supply so that you can pump more, this recipe is for you.
Lactogenic Ingredients in Vegan Lactation Cookies
While there are lots of amazing products and recipes that will increase your breastmilk supply, lactation cookies are one of the originals. They are filled with multiple ingredients called galactogogues that are known to increase breastmilk supply in many women.
It’s important to note that not all galactogogues work well for every woman. You need to try out different lactogenic foods to see what works best for your personal milk supply. But in knowing that, I’ve been sure to include multiple ingredients known to increase breast milk production so that this tasty recipe will work for most new moms to increase your breast milk supply quickly.
There are a lot more lactogenic foods that you can add into your diet to increase your breastmilk supply as well as munching on these tasty vegan lactation cookies.
3 Key Ingredients in This Recipe Known to Increase Breastmilk Supply
Rolled Oats: This main ingredient is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals that are high in plant estrogens as well as B vitamins iron, and magnesium. (source) Oatmeal is a great choice for all phases of life, but it’s especially important for breastfeeding moms to boost milk supply. Low iron has been linked to a decreased milk supply, while plant estrogens have been linked to an increased milk supply. Additionally, the oats lend a great texture and healthy fiber to maintain an optimal blood sugar level.
Brewers Yeast: Brewer’s yeast is exactly what it sounds like – yeast used in brewing beer or bread. It is a great source of protein and iron, but its claim to fame in recent years has been its effect on milk production. While science has varying reports on its efficacy, many feel they have seen a positive change when adding this supplement to their routines.
Flaxseed Meal: As a high fiber food that is rich in healthy fats, flax seeds are an overall healthy food that can help keep you feeling satiated. In addition, flax contains phytochemicals that may be linked to maintaining a healthy milk supply. Because our recipe is vegan, flax also stands in for eggs as a binder, holding our cookies together.
More Healthy Ingredients in Vegan Lactose Free Lactation Cookies
Agave: Agave is a great vegan sweetener. It lends a mild sweetness to our cookies and one of its best health benefits is its low glycemic index, which means it will provide an even boost of energy, rather than a quick sugar high and crash.
Sunflower Seed Butter: With its healthy fats, high protein, and generous vitamin E content, sunflower seed butter is a great choice. Vitamin E can help boost the immune system to fight germs, passing on optimal health to your baby. It’s important to choose a natural unsweetened sunflower seed butter for our vegan lactation cookies. The natural versions tend to be looser, so mixing is easy. If you do have a thicker sunflower seed butter, you can lightly heat it on the stove before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Vegan Lactose Free Lactation Cookies
This really is the best lactation cookies recipe if you are trying to stay lactose free or vegan. It doesn’t get much easier than mixing, scooping, and baking. Be sure to not skip the first step of pulsing the rolled oats. This allows for a more desirable texture. Quick oats work just fine in this recipe as well but will give you a softer and smoother cookie texture.
Next, remember that your flax and water mixture needs time to incorporate before adding it to the rest of your mixture. When the ground flax absorbs the water, it achieves a gelatinous consistency that allows it to become a binder for these healthy lactation cookies.
You will want to be using ground flaxseed, also known as flax meal, to achieve this consistency and to be able to absorb all the nutrients like rich fatty acids that they contain that will benefit your breastmilk supply. This is a vegan recipe trick and is sometimes called “flax eggs.”
Last, don’t skimp on mixing all the milk-boosting ingredients. You want to be sure that all the ingredients in your vegan lactation cookies are evenly dispersed throughout the mixture for the best results.
Like most of our recipes, this one is made to be customized. This is the perfect template for you to add your favorite flavors and make your own version using the base recipe. For example – these vegan lactation cookies can go from chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin by simply swapping the chocolate chips for the same amount of raisins. Or add some ginger to kick it up a bit.
You can try following this recipe exactly and making oatmeal chocolate chip cookies the first time, and then next time try swapping out the chocolate chips for raisins, adding a spoonful of peanut butter, or another alternative.
Additionally, if you’d prefer vegan lactation granola bars to vegan lactation cookies, you can simply press this mixture into a parchment paper lined baking pan then cut into bars after it bakes and cools. If you want another tasty and really easy milk boosting recipe give our easy no bake coconut lactation bites a try too.
This recipe was made to be allergen-free in addition to vegan, but the sunflower seed butter can certainly be swapped for any other nut butter. Just be sure to purchase the natural nut butter that requires stirring.
We want that loose consistency so we can easily combine our mixture and we want to avoid any added sugars. As mentioned above, if you end up with a thicker nut butter, you can thin it out by warming it on the stove before mixing it with the other ingredients.
Vegan Lactation Cookies Recipe
Makes: ~20 cookies
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3 Tablespoons Brewer’s yeast
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspono salt
- ¼ cup agave
- ¼ cup unsweetened creamy sunflower butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup vegan mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk ground flax with 3 Tablespoons water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- In a food processor, pulse rolled oats 4-5 times, until roughly chopped, but not quite powder.
- Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Add flax mixture and remaining ingredients to bowl with oats. Stir until well combined.
- Scoop 1 heaping Tablespoon onto prepared sheet pan and gently press to flatten. Repeat to make ~20 cookies.
- Transfer pan to oven and bake 6-8 minutes, until flighty puffed and golden. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 3 months.