In celebration of my daughter Luna Ray turning 5 months, I’ve put together a video demo of my Healthy No-Bake Lactation Cookies recipe, plus at the end of the video I’ve included some video clips of Luna Ray and an update on how she’s doing (over the past month she’s starting to learn how to crawl and just last week two of her bottom teeth came in!!!)
I have to say, these lactation cookies are awesome! Towards the end of my pregnancy I would see many pregnant women exchanging lactation cookies recipes online, many of these recipes were filled with less healthy ingredients and were pretty much oatmeal cookies disguised as lactation cookies! I decided to use the information on lactogenic ingredients and make my own healthier version, plus being a new mom, I don’t have time to bake, so I needed to also make a faster, easier version! I love these cookies, not only can they help boost one’s breast milk supply, but they’re nutritious and easy to make. I have been exclusively breastfeeding my daughter Luna Ray since her birth and I have to say that breastfeeding makes me crave sweets and gives me a huge appetite that these cookies are perfect- they hit the spot with their sweetness and give me the extra energy and calories I need!
I just want to mention that anyone can eat these cookies! Men, non-breastfeeding women and children can all enjoy these cookies and won’t start producing breast milk from them! Since many woman after giving birth have low iron stores, I’ve made sure to include iron-rich ingredients in this recipe to boost women’s nutritional reserves. Also if you have any issues with constipation, these cookies can help too!!!
Below is the recipe and video demo to make these Healthy No-Bake Lactation Cookies, plus I’ve put together a list of other ingredients you can add or substitute.
Healthy No-Bake Lactation Cookies (makes 20 small cookies)
1/2 Cup Oats
1/3 Cup Dates*
1/4 Cup Raw Cashews (or any other raw nuts)
2 Tbsps Flax Seeds
2 Tbsps Raw Pumpkin Seeds
2 Tbsp Hot Water
1 Tbsp Black Strap Molasses
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Allspice
1 pinch Sea Salt
* if using Medjool dates, reduce the quantity to just 3 or 4 Medjool dates because they are much sweeter than other dates.
1- Place flaxseeds in a high speed blender or food processor and blend to a powder.
2- Add all dry ingredients (oats, cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, allspice, salt) to flaxseed powder and blend until everything becomes a powder.
3- Add dates to the powdered mixture and blend until dates are broken down and mixed thoroughly with the other ingredients.
4- Add water and molasses and mix everything thoroughly into a batter/cookie dough.
5- Roll cookie dough into small balls and place balls on a pan or plate.
6- Press individual cookies balls flat into a cookie shape.
7- Place in a freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Enjoy and keep in the fridge or freezer until eaten!
If you don’t have time to roll the dough into cookies, you can alway make it into a cake! Just put the cookie dough batter into a small glass pan, press it flat into the shape of a cake and place in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes. When ready to eat, cut into squares and this will make a great lactation cake or brownies!!
Other ingredients you can add:
Dried shredded coconut
Dried fruits (figs, prunes, apricots, raisins, etc.)
Nuts/Seeds (almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, hemp seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, etc.)
Cold pressed coconut oil
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