Gluten Free Lactation Cookies

These Gluten Free Lactation Cookies are a nursing mom’s best friend. Packed with nutrient-rich flaxseed and oats, these cookies help keep a new mom fueled throughout the day. They are simple to put together and free from gluten, refined sugars, eggs, and dairy. Made in partnership with my friends at Spectra.

Lactation Cookies on a sheet tray.Healthy Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

These lactation cookies don’t look much different than your average oatmeal cookie, but they do combine a couple of ingredients that are said to support a mom’s milk supply AND they’re really delicious. These vegan cookies are made in 1-bowl and are free from gluten, refined sugar, dairy and eggs. Make them as oatmeal raisin cookies or oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, depending on what you have on hand. And now that our sweet little girl has arrived (more on that soon), I have an excuse to dive into the freezer stash I have of these with my name on it!

What are lactation cookies?

Lactation cookies are simply cookies made with ingredients that are said to support a woman’s milk supply. According to KellyMom.com (a popular and useful source for breastfeeding women), certain substances are anecdotally helpful in supporting or increasing a woman’s milk supply. They can be either herbal, or more popularly common kitchen ingredients, such as oats, flaxseed, and brewer’s yeast. These are known as galactagogues! While scientifically there may not be fool-proof data that says galactagogues absolutely increase milk supply, we do know that these healthy additions to cookies can’t hurt, and most definitely have beneficial health properties!

Oats

Oats contain plant estrogens which support prolactin, the hormone responsible for the production of breast milk. Oats are also a complex carb, providing long-term energy for exhausted mothers.

Flaxseed

Flaxseeds have estrogenic properties, which are connected to breast milk production. They also contain healthy fats which are important for nursing mothers and their babies.

Brewer’s Yeast

Brewer’s yeast is packed with vitamins and minerals and can boost energy and fights fatigue. It contains chromium to help regulate blood sugar levels, and acts as a probiotic, aiding in digestive health. See below for more information about brewer’s yeast!

 

The dough being made for gluten free lacatation cookies.Ingredients Needed

  • Flaxseed
  • Water
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Rolled Oats (be sure to check for gluten-free if you need it!)
  • Oat Flour (store-bought or homemade is fine!)
  • Brewer’s Yeast (optional, see below for more info)
  • Baking Soda
  • Sea Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins or Chocolate Chips

Can I Make my Own Oat Flour?

Yes! You can make your own oat flour for this recipe by blitzing whole rolled oats in a blender or food processor until they are a fine powder. If you have a kitchen scale at home, simply measure out 120 grams of rolled oats, as that is how much oat flour you need. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, measure out about 1 heaping cup of oats.

What is Brewer’s Yeast and Do I Need It?

Brewer’s yeast is a fungus, often derived as a by-product of brewing beer. Beer of course is often made with wheat, which would mean that brewer’s yeast can contain gluten. However, there are several brands that are gluten-free, just make sure to check the labels. Brewer’s yeast comes in the form of a powder and can be easily purchased either in a local health food store or on Amazon.

Each brand can vary in terms of taste. Some have more of an after taste than others. Those labeled as “debittered” have less of an aftertaste, but depending on how fine your taste buds are you still might be able to notice it.

If you do not want to buy brewer’s yeast for this recipe and wish to leave it out, that is totally fine. You will just need to replace it with an extra tablespoon of oat flour.

Spectra breast pump device for breastfeeding.

Why I chose Spectra

I’m really excited to partner with my friends at Spectra today to bring you this recipe! Spectra is run by a team of registered nurses, lactation consultants, and fellow mothers and as a new mom, this gives me peace to know! If you read my registry post, you may have already seen that most mamas recommended Spectra to me, and per my research, they were the clear winner.

Breastfeeding pump through your health insurance: Did you know many insurance companies actually cover or partially cover the cost of a breast pump? All you have to do is call the number on the back of your card and ask about options for breast pumps. I opted to go through my insurance and contribute a portion of the cost to get the Spectra S1.

Why I picked the Spectra S1? This pump will be my main one for at home, but I love that it can also be on-the-go if need be. The S1 can be plugged into an outlet or be battery operated, which seems like the way to go in my opinion rather than only having the outlet option (thinking in the car here). It’s super quiet, yet hospital strength, and it’s a true closed system, so breast milk only contacts flanges and bottles (not tubing or pump), keeping pumping sanitary.

Many moms grab two pumps (especially if traveling or working). While travel is up in the air right now, I decided to also snag the Spectra 9 Plus (and give away one to one of you!), to have the extra flexibility when I need it.

The 9 Plus is only half a pound, and can actually fit in your pocket! It allows you to multitask while you pump so you can work or cook or anything else you might need to be doing. Its size makes it great for mobility. So with the size and weight of the 9 Plus, it’s portable and great for travel, and it’s still hospital strength despite its compact size.

Gluten free lactation cookies on a plate near a glass of milk.

How to Make these Gluten-Free Lactation Cookies

It couldn’t be easier to make these cookies! They’re made all in one bowl. The most complicated part about making these is that you have to let the flaxseed thicken up for about 10 minutes before you mix in the rest of the ingredients. The flaxseed takes the place of eggs, so it’s important to let it absorb the water, prior to moving on to adding in the rest of the ingredients.

After you mix together the dough, scoop out the dough onto two baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes. If you like your cookies a bit more soft, bake closer to 10 minutes, and if you like them a bit more set, bake more towards the 15-minute mark.

Let them cool slightly before trying to handle, as they will be delicate when hot. Once cool enough to handle, they’re ready to eat!

A lactation cookie with a bite taken out of it.

Other ways to boost milk supply:

While everyone is different, know that generally your supply is based on demand. So, nursing more often or pumping will let your body know you need it to start making more milk. Here’s a list of a few things to try:

  • Nurse on demand.
  • Get out the PUMP!
  • Try out these cookies and other recipes, like this one!
  • Make a loaded smoothie with galactagogues (see above for more explanation of this).
  • Get your nutrients in through your diet.
  • Drink A LOT of water.
  • Try some nursing teas.
  • Rest and sleep when you can, it’s important!

How to Store Lactation Cookies

These cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. Keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Or they can be frozen for up to 2 months. We recommend you bake the cookies before freezing, as the dough doesn’t keep as well in the freezer as the baked cookies do.

When ready to eat, simply defrost at room temperature for about an hour.

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Gluten Free Lactation Cookies

These Gluten Free Lactation Cookies are a nursing mom's best friend. Made primarily from oats, these cookies are a nutrient-rich treat, making it the perfect snack to keep a new mom fueled throughout the day. They are simple to put together and free from gluten, refined sugars, eggs and dairy.


Yields 20
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Recipe Type: Cookies

Difficulty: Easy
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup flax seed
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup (120 grams) oat flour
  • ¼ cup brewer’s yeast (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins or chocolate chips, more as desired

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add flaxseed and water to a bowl, and let sit for 10 minutes to thicken up. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the bowl and mix together.
  3. Scoop dough into balls about 2 tablespoons in size and place on baking sheet about 1-½” apart. Gently press down on the dough to flatten it.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven in the middle rack for 10-15 minutes, until the edges are set. The cookie will still be soft when hot.
  5. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool at least 1 hour to allow them to finish setting up.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are gluten-intolerant, make sure to look for gluten-free rolled oats and oat flour, as well as gluten-free brewer’s yeast.
  2. If you want to skip the brewer’s yeast, increase the oat flour by 1 tablespoon.
  3. We preferred these cookies baked at 10 minutes, for a slightly "underbaked" cookie. If you prefer your cookies more set, bake for the full 15 minutes.

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DISCLAIMERS:

  • Spectra doesn’t claim that Lactation cookies will improve milk supply.
  • This website provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided on this website, or in any linked materials, are for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment. Reliance on any information provided on this website or any linked websites is solely at your own risk.
  • This post is sponsored by Spectra but all opinions are always, 100% my own.

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  1. Thank you for this post! I’m excited to make these ahead of my baby’s arrival this summer. When freezing, do you bake them first or just freeze the dough balls?

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  2. These cookies are amazing, I did have to add a little extra water because I might have had the oat flour and flaxseed measurements off after grinding them but they have definitely helped boost my milk supply and I’ll be making a double batch of these today! I froze the batch after making them and heat them up for 15 seconds in the microwave before eating them and they are nice and gooey 🙂 Thank you!!

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