With a toddler and an infant, I’m pretty much in the thick of it over here. Some days are harder than others. Do you know what always helps? Cookies.
Ok, now that I’ve got your attention, this recipe is actually for “lactation cookies” No, these cookies will not make you lactate if you’re not a nursing mama and they are delicious and healthy for anyone. The ingredients, like oats, almonds, and brewers yeast, are known to enhance lactation. They are also super healthy foods for anyone and will give you a nice dose of healthy carbs, protein, fiber, and B vitamins, so don’t knock ’em til you try ’em!
…and if you are a nursing mama, the good news is that you can eat these cookies and feel GOOD about it! Not that you should ever feel bad about treating yourself to a cookie or two, but these ones make you feel like a superwoman because you’re helping to feed and grow a human being, so therefor you ARE a superhero!
Ingredients: (yields approximately one dozen small cookies)
- 3/4 c oats
- 1 heaping tablespoon brewers yeast
- 1 heaping tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup OR honey (option to sub for unsweetened applesauce to avoid added sugar)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4c dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp baking soda (if you have it, I’ve made them a bunch of times without as well)
- a pinch of sea salt
- optional: 1/2 mashed banana, 1/4 cup nuts or nut butter of choice, coconut flakes, raisins or other dried fruit
If you’re a baker, you would mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another and then combine. If you’re me, you throw everything in the Vitamix (except chocolate chips) because what new mom has time for that? Roll into balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Cook at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy.
One Healthy Breakdown: just another excuse to eat cookies!
P.S. apologize to the new moms who I promised this recipe months ago. I have no excuse other than motherhood and I think you get it 😉