Lactation Cookies - two ways
These nutrition-packed cookies are referred to as lactation cookies because they help nursing mothers produce milk, but can be eaten by anyone! See notes for the gluten-free oat version as well as optional mix-ins for customization.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened or melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons brewers yeast (I've gone up to 6 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons flax seed meal (I've gone up to 4 tablespoons)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (see notes for gluten free version)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add flax meal and brewers yeast and mix well.
Add flour, baking soda and salt to butter mixture and stir until combined. Stir in rolled oats and chocolate chips.
Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 11-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
TO MAKE THESE GLUTEN-FREE: Replace the 2 cups flour with 2 cups additional oats, and no need to add the baking soda. I also like to add 1/2 cup melted peanut butter to this version for peanut butter + oat cookies. (Note that not all brewers yeasts are gluten-free, so make sure you check the label. You may have better luck with brewers yeast pills for gluten-free.)
Optional mix-in ideas for either version: nuts, nut butter, dried fruit, coconut flakes, chia seeds, peanut butter chips, or more chocolate chips.
*I've also tried to replace half or more of the butter with coconut oil, with success. Note that the cookies will spread using the oil.
Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.7mg