Lactation Cookies (5 Must-Try Recipes)

Lactation Cookies

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Lactation cookies are super yummy snacks that are said to help improve the production of breast milk. The key ingredients in lactation cookies are oats, brewer’s yeast, coconut oil and flax seeds. Some contain chocolate chips, while others add dried fruit. Baking your own batch of lactation cookies allow for flexibility in terms of ingredients, but if you do not have time to prepare them yourself, there is a variety of ready-made lactation cookies available. Here are a few ways to prepare and enjoy lactation cookies as compiled from the internet.


Lactation cookies classic recipe (by Crunchy Granola Sweet)

I chose to feature this recipe because it uses healthier alternatives to common ingredients (eg white whole wheat and coconut sugar).


  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2-5 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional; use more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds (optional; use more or less to taste)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats, flour, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. In a separate bowl or stand mixer, beat butter and coconut oil until they are creamy. Add in sugar and beat again. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Form dough into roughly 1 inch balls (or use a cookie scoop) and place on greased cookie sheet about two inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes or until cookies just start to become golden around the edges.

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Dark chocolate chip lactation cookies (by Saving Room For Dessert)

Dark chocolate is said to be one of the best sources of antioxidants, improving health and lowering the risk of heart disease. The dark chocolate chips used in this recipe was a 10-ounce pack of Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Chips.


  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (ground)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons brewers yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (optional)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract)
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

Lactation Cookie Receipe: Dark Chocolate Chip

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed meal and water. Set aside for five minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brewer’s yeast, soda and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and almond butter together until light and creamy. Add the brown and granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl and beat another 30 seconds. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending just until the yolk disappears. Add the vanilla and flaxseed paste and mix just until blended. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing on low and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Fold in the oats and chocolate chips with a spatula. Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds (using a cookie scoop if you have one) and bake on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet for about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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Dairy free lactation cookies (by Tastes Lovely)

No to dairy? No problem! You can still enjoy lactation cookies by following this recipe. For the chocolate chips, either Trader Joe’s or Kirkland brands are preferred as both are dairy free.


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground or milled flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Dairy Free Lactation Cookies

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees with the oven rack in the upper and lower third. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium size bowl, combine the oats, flour, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, hemp seed, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside. Using your stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer) beat the coconut oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar over medium high until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat another minute until combined. Turn the speed down to low, and slowly add the dry ingredients. Beat until combined. Add the chocolate chips and beat briefly until just combined. Using a medium size cookie scoop (1.5 tablespoons), scoop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheets, 12 per sheet. Will make exactly 24 cookies. No need to chill the dough. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies are just starting to turn golden on the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet for five minutes before eating. Will keep in an airtight container for one week.

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No-bake lactation bites (by The BakerMama)

This recipe is my personal favorite because it’s so quick and simple. It can be prepared within 10 minutes, and you don’t even need an oven!


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground or milled flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

No bake cookie

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In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until mixture is well combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or enjoy right away. Once the bites have set, transfer them to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Vegan lactation cookies (by Vegan Mammy)

These lactation cookies can be also made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats and gluten-free self-raising white flour such as Doves Farm. If you cannot find certified gluten-free brewer’s yeast, use nutritional yeast as a substitute.


  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup porridge oats
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 45 grams raisins, dried cranberries or a mix
  • 45 grams vegan chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate bar
  • 30 grams chopped walnuts
  • 30 grams pumpkin seeds

Vegan Cookie Recipe

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Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Mix the ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water and set aside. Melt the coconut oil over a gentle heat. Grind the fennel seeds with a pestle and mortar. In a large bowl, mix the oats, flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar, brewer’s yeast, ground fennel seeds and salt. Make a well in the centre and add the flaxseed mixture, the melted coconut oil, the vanilla essence and 1/4 of a cup of water. Add the raisins/dried cranberries, chocolate chips, chopped walnuts and pumpkin seeds and mix it all well with a wooden spoon. Take 1 tablespoon of the dough at a time and shape it into a cookie shape with your hands. Place the cookies on a lined baking tray with a little space between them. Bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool before serving.

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There are many ways to prepare lactation cookies that would suit your dietary needs but if you do not have the time to make any of these lactation cookies yourself, there are ready-made packs available for you to buy. Check these out:

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You can also check out a recipe for Cranberry white chocolate chip lactation cookies here.

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