Lactation cookies with chocolate chips, oats, brewers yeast and flax meal.

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 156kcal
Author Kelly @ trial and eater


  • 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