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.

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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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    74 comments
  1. I substituted out the sugar with half a cup of honey and the choc chips with sultanas for a slightly healthier version. Tasted like sultana bran! Delicious! Will definitely make these again.

  2. These are really delicious and an easy recipe to play around with. I have a 10day old and haven’t gotten out of bed to do anything except make 2 batches of these as my kids kept eating them 🙂 really great recipe. Thanks so much

  3. I am obsessed with these. They’re almost *too* good, I made a double batch a week ago and they’re nearly gone! Perfect as a snack while nursing my newborn. I did half raisins / half chocolate chips and the raisins add a nice chew. Fully recommend!!

  4. I had trouble finding the willpower to even bake these these are so good. I had to make a batch every other day because I was going through so many of these a week

  5. So tasty and easy to make! I could have ate the whole batch in one sitting but I didn’t. I used them to maintain my supple but the taste alone was good enough reason for me. My husband tried them and loved the taste too!

  6. Just made these and they taste great! It was my first time baking with coconut sugar so I was nervous, but I can’t tell the difference. I didn’t have oat flour, so I used all purpose flour. It’s going to be hard not to eat them all, so I put some into the freezer right away so I wouldn’t be tempted…

    • So glad you’re enjoying these cookies, Louise! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating and for sharing the sub you made with the flour. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it. 🙂

  7. I just made these and they are sooooo good! Will definitely be making on repeat. Thank you for the mouth watering recipe!

  8. So easy to make and tasty 😋 I’m being induced on Friday and will be taking to the hospital with me to help bring in my supply, how many a day do you suggest to eat?

  9. These cookies are the best!! How many cookies can I eat a day? I can seriously eat the whole batch in one day!

  10. Excited to try these! I only have quick cooking steel cut oats at home, is there a way to modify them to work with this recipe? Thanks!

  11. These lactation cookies are ABSOLUTELY delicious and I feel like they’ve been helping my supply. I’ve recommended them to all my breastfeeding friends – even those who don’t need the egg-free, dairy-free or gluten-free options. Can’t wait to make more nomnomnom

  12. Thanks for the recipe, it took care of my cravings and lactation at the same time 👍👍👍

  13. Made these cookies today and they turned out to be delicious. Thanks for creating this yummy recipe!!

  14. I made these for the 1st time 3 weeks ago, and I absolutely love this recipe! These cookies weren’t only a hit my sister (who I specifically made them for) but also her husband, my 2 toddlers and my husband. I think I’ll make these regularly for my family(leaving out the brewer’s yeast) as a healthier chocolate chip cookie! Thank you so much for this incredible recipe!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Laurel!! I’m so glad these cookies were a hit, even with the husbands. 🙂 Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

  15. Have made these a few times and love them every time!!!! I think they help with my supply- either way- I’ll continue to make them!!!!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Alex!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying these cookies and that they are hopefully helping with your supply. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  16. Love it! Used half the sugar more cinnamon and instead of oat flour regular GF flour worked like a charm thnx for sharing!

  17. These cookies exceeded my expectations! They were absolutely delicious and really helped my supply. I’ve had other lactation cookies that had a strong brewers yeast taste- but not these. I will definitely be making these again!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Sarah!! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it!

  18. Thanks. Great recipe.
    These cookies are the bane of my life right now. My lactating wife thinks these are like crack cocaine (not that she’d know)…I have to make a double or triple batch weekly.
    Substitutions I have made:
    1. Nutelex vegan spread instead of coconut oil.
    2. Plain flour instead of oat.
    3. Oat flour made from oats in blender.

    Can recommend:
    A. Putting in two tablespoons of LSA (ground linseed and almond). No need for more liquid.
    B. Putting mix in fridge for 1/2 hour to make forming easier.
    C. Don’t add choc chips to mix, but add to top after squashing cookies on tray (and squash into top).

    Thanks again x

  19. Hello from India! I have already made this twice and it’s absolutely delicious. The first time I baked it for ten mins like you said at 180°c but found it a bit chewy. Today I baked it for 20 mins and turned out so light and crispy! Unbelievable how tasty and perfect these are! Thanks a lot for sharing <3

  20. Really easy to make. I been making this since I had my baby in February. The only strange flavor I noted was when I used the flaxseed.. I made another batch with using the eggs instead and they are better and the flavor is better.

    • That’s interesting you noticed a strange flavor when using the flaxseed. Was your flaxseed expired? Either way, I’m so glad you’re loving this recipe, Catalina! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  21. These are awesome! I’ve made them multiple times now. Delicious and definitely help my supply. This time I reduced the sugar to 2/3 c and they are still sweet enough. Next time I might try taking it down to 1/2c. Thank you for this recipe!

  22. Hi! I haven’t made these yet but I am very excited to have found a healthy lactation recipe! Was just wondering if I could substitute the oat flour for almond or coconut flour? Which you think would be best. Thank you!! 🙂

    • Hey Katin! I haven’t tried using anything besides the oat flour in this recipe, but I would try almond flour versus coconut because coconut flour soaks up way more liquid. Let me know if you try it and how they turn out!!

  23. Hi, Brittany

    Okay, so I’ve used all of these ingredients in the past with the exception of the Brewers yeast. These cookies have a funky flavor and I’m wondering if this is why. Maybe I’m not used to it? Literally just purchased all ingredients from Thrive Market so everything is fresh. The Brewers Yeast I purchased from Amazon and it’s Anthony’s brand. Please let me know if I’m the odd duck. I will absolutely eat them though, baby’s milk is more important than anything 🙂

    • Hey Michelle! It could totally be because you’re not used to the brewer’s yeast. The brewer’s yeast can definitely have a bitter taste to it. You can always start with just 1-2 Tablespoons of the brewer’s yeast until you get used to it.

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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. 🙂

  29. 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!

  30. 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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