February 26, 2018

Recipe: No-Bake Lactation Cookies

As a breastfeeding momma, keeping up my milk supply is crucial and can be extremely difficult if you aren't eating the right foods. I'll be honest, I'm not the healthiest eater. I'm just a sucker for pizza, tacos and chocolate.

After scouring Pinterest to find tips for increasing milk supply, I came across one of the many no-bake recipes for Oatmeal Choco-Peanut Butter cookies. YUM! Let me preface this post that this is not my own recipe. You can find the original recipe HERE.

I made the easier version this time around mostly because my local grocer didn't have Brewer's Yeast available for delivery service to make the healthier version. The link above gives you the alternate recipe, also. But I'll try it both ways and update this post with the difference in milk supply increase.

Here is the recipe:

No-Bake Lactation Cookies

Makes: About 20 cookies (dollop size)

2 cups sugar (if you don't like it super sweet, cut in half)
4 Tbl. cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups oats
Wax paper

- Mix all dry ingredients (sugar, cocoa powder, oats) into medium sized mixing bowl.
- Mix all wet ingredients (milk, butter, peanut butter, vanilla) into a small pot. Heat on medium heat, stirring occasionally just until all are blended together.
- Fold all wet ingredients into mixing bowl until oats are completely covered.
- Scoop mixture of dollop sized onto wax paper. Let stand to cool about 1-2 hours.
- Once cooled, store in air-tight container.

These cookies are so delicious and addicting to eat! The only thing I'd personally change is to either melt the sugar a bit before mixing or cut the amount in half. They were a little too sweet for my taste, but if you have a sweet tooth, these are definitely the cookies for you! Also, if you have the room in the fridge, I'd even through them in there to cool a little longer so they harden a bit more. They can be a bit sticky. Otherwise, I can't wait to make these again and try some different variations. They'd probably be delicious with some dried cranberries mixed in. And they are so quick to make, I can do these any day as long as I have the ingredients on hand. 

I did notice this morning a definite increase in my milk supply when I pumped this morning. Within the first 10 minutes of pumping, I had almost an extra ounce on each side than I normally do.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! I'd also love to hear any variations you add to it. 

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