I tried the Milkmakers lactation cookies a few weeks ago. I had been meaning to try them and they were on zulily.com at a discount, so I jumped on it.
I tried to get a picture below to show size with my grande Starbucks cup. But the cookie still looks smaller than actual size. It’s one big cookie! Not that it’s bad, but I would rather a few smaller cookies. I have been eating half at a time sometimes, but it’s hard to put half a cookie back!
They taste good as well. I usually make oatmeal chocolate chip ones, and these are raisin instead. I like mine better, and I think it is more than just the chocolate. Mine are a bit sweeter. These are on the spiced side. But I do like them.
I have bought another batch since my first, so I obviously give them a thumbs up! It is hard to judge them for milk production as I do so much to boost that and keep it up. I continue to break even though. In theory, I’ll continue making my own and have these for back up, but each day I say I’ll make cookies, I have something pop up. I bought raisins for the next batch, so I’ll post about that once I test them out!
First, lots of people have asked me about the ingredients for the lactation cookies. I got anything difficult to find on Amazon – vat of coconut oil, brewers yeast, ground flaxseed and dairy free chocolate chips. The coconut oil and flaxseed were easy to find, but I wanted large amounts and it was cheaper this way!
Yesterday, we went to a Yogibaby class…yoga for mom and baby. Baby was not into it. She cried most of the time so we ended up having “calm the baby at the yoga studio” time. She did laugh at the end so maybe she liked it. We will try again! I didn’t really count it as a workout but I feel some soreness from a few things we did!
I’m feeling so close to all better. The only time I’m having sinus pain is when I exercise, and even that is minimal!
Workout yesterday – TurboFire HIIT25 and Stretch10
Workout today – practicing TurboKick
At least when it comes to lactation cookies, I’m good. I made a third recipe and I think I have all I need.
The last one I made was the one recommended by most of my friends. I first saw the list of ingredients and was extremely overwhelmed. With a one month old! All these things to gather? And I would have to make changes to make the recipe dairy free. But I made them on a day when my husband was home and able to take over once the cookies were ready for the oven and the baby was ready to be fed. It wasn’t a difficult recipe with the hardest part being avoidable – I should have started with at least partially melted coconut oil.
This recipe with my adjustments to make dairy free and use what I had on hand came in at just over 80 calories a cookie. Not bad at all! But very tempting to just grab while in the kitchen.
Allison’s New Go To Lactation Cookie recipe (adapted from here)
1 cup coconut oil (heated)
1 cup Splenda
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 egg whites ( 2 egg equivalent)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Beat coconut oil, Splenda, and brown sugar well. Add egg whites and mix well. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mix. Stir in oats and chips.
Scoop onto baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Let sit for a couple minutes then remove from baking sheet.
It took two rounds of cooking while Zoe slept but I made two recipes today! I was highly motivated to make lactation cookies after I didn’t get as much out of the pump as usual and I figured I may as well put together some Shakeology balls while in there.
First, a little about the lactation cookies. Anyone can eat them, even dudes. They just happen to have ingredients that are said to promote milk production. I used the recipe here modified for what I had in the kitchen and for a mistake. Because that’s how I roll in the kitchen. Happy accidents, or at least ones that don’t make the cookie crumble.
Dairy Free Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp baking powder
egg white equivalent of 1 egg
1 1/2 cup oat flour
1 cup ground flaxseeds
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix ingredients together. Place spoonfuls on cookie sheet and use a fork to create the peanut butter cookie lines. Bake for 10 minutes. Makes about 20 cookies.
This was the easiest recipe I saw and also had the least ingredients…and ones I knew I had or could switch out. The cookies are tasty also! Next time I will lower the oat flour/flaxseed mixture to a total of 1.5 cups.
Shakeology Balls (recipe seen all over)
8 tbsp PB2
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
½ cup Shakeology Protein Powder
3 tbsp Honey
½ cup oats (I used regular, most would prefer it with quick oats)
Mix PB2 with water (I usually use the same amount of water as pb2). Mix all ingredients (may take some time) adding water or Shakeology if necessary. Roll mixture into small individual balls and place on wax paper. Put in freezer until firm. Makes about 12 balls.
These both took little time to make and are great to grab quickly, which is what I need right now! Enjoy!