Super Mama Lactation Cookies


Thank you to Mothering member Cathlin for sharing this recipe.

You’ll love this delicious recipe for lactation cookies! They’ll provide lots of tasty energy for breastfeeding moms and are perfect for kids and non lactating mamas too! (especially if you replace the sugar with honey or maple syrup)


  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour (organic when possible, grain free flours such as almond and coconut can work too)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 rounded tsp kosher salt (use sea salt if possible)
  • 3/4 c almond peanut butter* (natural or almond butter are great choices)
  • 3/4 c butter*, softened (consider pasture raised butter, it has many additional nutrients and brain benefiting fats)
  • 1 c flax
  • 3 T brewer’s yeast
  • 1/3 c water
  • 1/3 c sugar (consider replacing sugar with honey or maple syrup for a healthier choice!)
  • 2/3 c brown sugar (see above for sugar replacements)
  • 2 tsp vanilla (pure, not imitation) 
  • 2 large eggs (free range have the most benefits)
  • 10 oz chocolate chips* (dark, fair trade chocolate is the healthiest choice)
  • 1 3/4 c old-fashioned oats* (organic when possible, don’t use quick oats)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax and water until creamy.
  4. Gently add in eggs.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Add chocolate chips.
  7. Gradually add oats.
  8. Place spoonfuls of dough onto greased baking sheets pressing down with the back of the spoon to flatten a bit.
  9. Bake 12 minutes.

*Ingredient Notes

  • Almond or Peanut butter, I’ve tried both and like them either way
  • Oats: I use gluten-free whole oats, just don’t use quick oats
  • Butter: I use earth balance, because we are dairy-free, but you can use regular butter in the same quantity. If using regular butter, consider pasture raised.
  • I use Enjoy Life Mega chunk chocolate chips (dairy free)
  • You could add nuts if you like that sort of thing

Originally published Sept 2013

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