Okay so breastfeeding cookies may sound a little scary but really they are just yummy choc oat cookies with the addition of a couple of key ingredients (flaxseed and brewers yeast) to help with milk production. They are perfectly safe for the menfolk in your life to eat too!
These cookies make a great gift for a new mum and I will be making a big batch of dough before our little man arrives and freezing it to bake as required.
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal (also called linseed meal). You can find this in the health food aisle at the supermarket
- ¼ cup water
- 200g butter, softened
- ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups plain flour, sifted
- 1½ cups whole rolled oats
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup brewers yeast. This is a very important part of the cookies as it helps with milk production. You can find it at specialty health food stores.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¾ cup dried cranberries (or sultanas)
- Preheat oven to 180°C (conventional). Line baking trays with baking paper.
- Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl. Set aside for 3 minutes.
- Beat the butter and sugars in an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, flaxseed mixture and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- Add the flour, oats, coconut, yeast, baking soda and cinnamon and beat until just combined. Stir through the chocolate and cranberries.
- Spoon heaped tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto prepared trays. You will probably need to do this in batches. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until light golden. Cool on trays.
For more info on how these main ingredients help to increase milk supply check out this post.
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