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 mamas need to be dairy-free + soy-free and/or gluten-free, I created a lactation cookie that’s 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 also had Isaac taste-test them just to be sure the flavor was good and he LOVED them too!

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.

Woman putting lactation cookies in a freezer bag.

Ingredients in Lactation Cookies

You only need 10 ingredients for these 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)

Mixing bowl with chocolate chip lactation cookie dough.

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 in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Baking sheet with chocolate chip lactation cookies.

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!

Baking sheet with chocolate chip lactation cookies.

The Best Lactation Cookies {for Milk Supply}

Brittany Mullins
Healthy lactation cookies made with ingredients like oats, flaxseed and brewer's yeast... all known to help boost milk production and supply for breastfeeding.
4.45 from 80 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Servings 24
Calories 155 kcal

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
 

  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Make flax eggs: Make flax eggs by whisking together ground flaxseed with water. Set aside.
  • Prepare baking sheets: Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment or Silpat and set aside.
  • Mix dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, mix together oats, oat flour, brewer's yeast, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • Mix wet ingredients: 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. 
  • Scoop dough: 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.
  • Bake: 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.
  • Store: Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Video

Notes

  • Eggs: If you don't have flaxseed feel free to use 2 large eggs instead.
  • Quick oats: If you don't have quick oats on hand, you can quickly process rolled oats in your food processor for 30 seconds or until they are the texture of quick oats.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 63mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13g
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    145 comments
    1. Olivia
      June 7, 2021 AT 11:25 pm

      5 stars
      I decided to make a batch to build up my milk supply as I want to breastfeed longer this time round & wow they are delicious! I will definitely make them again – Thankyou Brittany 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2021 AT 1:18 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Olivia. Thanks for trying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Melissa
      June 2, 2021 AT 8:14 am

      5 stars
      I’ve made this recipe a few times.It’s so good and I love that it’s dairy free since my daughter has a dairy allergy! I’m wondering if you add some honey or almond, cashew butter something sticky do you think they could be lactation balls instead?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2021 AT 1:21 pm

        So glad you’ve loving these cookies, Melissa! I actually already have a lactation bites recipe that you could follow. 🙂

    3. Lauren
      May 23, 2021 AT 11:26 am

      I’m currently making the dough to freeze (I am due in two weeks with my second). I ran out of coconut oil so subbed a bit of coconut butter into the remaining oil I had & the dough is super super dry like I cannot roll into balls.. what do I do?!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 24, 2021 AT 2:51 pm

        Hey Lauren – You could always use a different oil or add a splash of milk to the dough to moisten it up. Let me know how it turns out for you!

      2. Brittany Mullins
        May 24, 2021 AT 1:38 pm

        I’d add more oil or something to moisten the dough (like applesauce). Let me know how they turn out!

    4. Amber Urlie
      May 16, 2021 AT 10:33 pm

      5 stars
      I loved the flavor of these cookies! I need a little help though. Mine came out crumbly and wouldn’t stay together. Any tips?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2021 AT 11:16 am

        Oh no! Did you measure you coconut oil in a liquid state? Did you change anything else about the recipe?

    5. Britt
      May 13, 2021 AT 1:16 pm

      5 stars
      I’ve made this recipe three times now, and let’s just say it’s absolutely effective and delicious! Modifications made this third time helped me achieve that tender, chewy texture I personally enjoy: lowering my oven temp to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (I’m sure this is my own oven issues) and cooking for 8.5 minutes. I also added dried cranberries. My mom and husband both love them! I’ve also seen an increase in my milk supply! Thank you for this great recipe! It’s a definite keeper.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 14, 2021 AT 1:44 pm

        Yay!! This makes me so happy to hear, Britt! I’m so glad these cookies have been a hit! Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

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