Healthy Lactation Cookies

Healthy lactation cookies made with ingredients to help boost milk production and supply for breastfeeding. Vegan + gluten-free.

I’m really excited about sharing this recipe! Before I was even pregnant, I remember looking up lactation cookie recipes to make for friends and I had a really hard time finding any recipes that were actually healthy and not loaded with sugar and white flour. Knowing that some babies don’t do well with dairy and having a lot of friends who are gluten-free, I decided to create a lactation cookie that’s healthier than most, vegan, gluten-free and still delicious!

Plate of chocolate chip lactation cookies next to a cooking rack with cookies and a glass of milk.

When recipe testing for these cookies, I made several batches to make sure they were perfect. Lucky for me, this meant that I had plenty on hand to freeze as part of my pre-baby meal prep. I didn’t want to eat too many during testing (because as a pregnant woman you don’t want to start increasing milk supply since your boobs are already getting ready and might start leaking) so I had Isaac taste test them and he LOVED them.

Spoiler alert: it is fine for men to eat these cookies… they won’t start lactating. But feel free to tell your hubby that they will make him lactate if you want to keep all the cookies for yourself. 😉 It can be our little secret.

Hand holding a chocolate chip lactation cookie.

Foods That Help Increase Milk Supply

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started thinking about breastfeeding and knew I wanted to at least try it. I know women have vastly different experiences with this, so I wanted to go into it with an open mind, but also as prepared as possible. I researched which foods are best to keep your milk supply up and help with milk production. Here’s a little list of the foods I found:

  • Oats – One of the reasons for decreased milk supply is low iron levels. Oats are super high in iron so some studies have shown that oats help with milk production.
  • Barley – Whole barely is the richest dietary source of beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that has been shown to increase prolactin (aka the breastfeeding hormone).
  • Brewer’s yeast – It is packed with vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. It has a lot of benefits, but you should check with your doctor before adding brewer’s yeast to your diet. It can interact with a variety of medications and can cause some unwanted side effects. You can learn more about brewer’s yeast in my lactation bites post.
  • Flaxseed – Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids (which are great for baby) and it also contains phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production.
  • Fennel – Like flaxseed, fennel and its seeds contain phytoestrogens, which are known to help with milk production. If you’re looking for ways to include whole fennel in your diet, I love these recipes: crackling cauliflower, fennel salad and orange tofu with fennel.
  • Fenugreek seeds – Both fenugreek seeds and fennel can be found in Mother’s Milk tea.

Stack of chocolate chip lactation cookies. One is broken in half.

These lactation cookies have three key ingredients to help with milk production — oats, brewer’s yeast and flaxseed!

Can I Make Lactation Cookies in Advance?

Yes! Like I said, I ended up making several batches while recipe testing these cookies. I gifted a few to friends who had babies, but I also popped a bunch in a freezer bag and froze them until I was ready to enjoy. They held up just fine and I had peace of mind knowing I had some prepped for when I needed them.

Mixing bowl with chocolate chip lactation cookie dough.

Ingredients in Lactation Cookies

  • quick cooking oats and oat flour
  • brewer’s yeast
  • cinnamon and sea salt
  • coconut oil
  • coconut sugar (organic brown sugar works too)
  • ground flaxseed 
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips (dairy-free, if needed)

How to Make Healthy Lactation Cookies

This recipe is based off my healthy oatmeal cookies – which are super simple and delicious!

For these cookies, you’ll start by making your flax eggs by whisking together ground flaxseed and water. Prep two baking sheets by spraying with cooking spray or lining with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: the oats, oat flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: the oil, sugar, flaxseed eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.

Take about a tablespoon of dough and round into a cookie, placing about two inches apart on the baking sheet. Press each cookie down with a fork a bit to make more of a cookie shape. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. The cookies may seem a little soft but don’t over bake or they’ll get too crisp. They will continue to set as they cool. Store in an airtight container or freeze if you’re prepping in advance!

Baking sheet with chocolate chip lactation cookies.

Looking to Increase Your Milk Supply? Here Are More Lactation Recipes to Try!

If you make these lactation cookies, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

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Healthy Lactation Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24

Description

Healthy lactation cookies made with ingredients like oats, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast… all known to help boost milk production and supply for breastfeeding.


Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 3 Tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (organic brown sugar works too)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed + ⅓ cup water*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dairy-free, if needed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make flax eggs by whisking together ground flaxseed with water. Set aside.
  3. Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment or Silpat and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, oat flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl mix together oil, sugar, flaxseed eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently stir in chocolate chips. 
  6. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press each cookie down with a fork a bit.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. The cookies may seem a little soft, but do not over bake or they’ll get too crisp. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for about 5 minutes or until they start to harden up a bit. At this point you can transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • If you don’t have flaxseed feel free to use 2 large eggs instead.
  • If you don’t have quick oats on hand, you can quickly process rolled oats in your food processor (affiliate link) for 30 seconds or until they are the texture of quick oats.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 148
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 61mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: lactation cookies

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    24 comments
  1. I have tried three healthy versions of lactation cookies and these are the best!! I’m used to the brewers yeast so upped it to 1/4 cup this last batch and threw in a couple teaspoons of instant coffee, just enough to make the chocolate taste more chocolatey.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Taylor!! I’m glad you enjoyed these cookies! And I love that you added some instant coffee!! I’m sure they were delicious. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!

  2. These are SO yummy !! I had my 3rd baby on 1/18. As soon as I got home I made them, they really helped my milk supply come in. Since then I have made 3 batches. My husband and kiddos cannot get enough of them !

    • Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Cristhy! I’m so glad these cookies have helped your supply. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it! <3

  3. So yummy! Doubled salt and used 1/4 c brewers yeast, 3/4 c brown sugar and dark chocolate morsels. I’ve already made three batches.

  4. I eat these directly out of my freezer! They are great! I use eggs instead of the flax meal and used mini chocolate chips. Thank you!

  5. Just tried this recipe to freeze in preparation for baby’s arrival! Can the dough be portioned and frozen prior to baking? What are your suggestions for doing so? Thanks!

    • Hey Vicky – I haven’t tried freezing the dough, but I don’t see that being an issue at all. I would just store the dough in an airtight container and take it out a few hours before you’re ready to cook them to thaw. You could also bake the cookies now, let them cool and freeze them. They’ll last about 3-4 months in the freezer. 🙂

  6. These are so good! I even halved the sugar and they are still delicious. And they seem to work very quickly – sometimes just several minutes after eating one!

    P.S. Congratulations Brittany on little Olivia! She’s beautiful! I was following along for your whole pregnancy as I was just 2 weeks behind you. I would use your updates as insight into what I might be able to expect for the upcoming weeks 😅. Although my little girl ended up arriving early on November 1st so I wasn’t able to see how your delivery went beforehand lol. Wishing you and your family well!

  7. So tbh.. I thought these were going to be nasty bc I’ve tried a gluten free cake recipe before and I really disliked the texture but I thought I’d give it a shot bc of the ingredients. I needed a cookie i could eat and feel good about. I didn’t want a recipe with butter and lots of flour. And *drumroll* they were delicious!!! I can taste the coconut oil but that’s fine bc I love coconut. Maybe next time I’ll even add some shredded coconut. I love that the recipe made a lot of cookies too. I forgot to count but around 2 dozen. And they seem to work about an hour or less after eating them. I can hear my baby swallowing a lot of milk after I eat a couple so I’m really happy. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m going to have to try your pumpkin oatmeal cookies next.

      • I’m back again making this recipe again lol. I just wanted to add that my 6 year old who is the pickiest eater in the world LOVES these cookies! I’m going to have to triple the recipe and freeze the balls before baking. Another question, do u have a lactation brownie recipe? Or have u tried one? I’ve been craving some brownies.😊

        • Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Misha! I don’t have lactation brownies, but that’s a good idea. I’ll definitely add it to my list. I do have a lactation bites recipe though. Thank you so much for leaving a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it!

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