LACTATION COOKIES

Okay, I totally get that “lactation cookies” sound disgusting. But contrary to what it sounds like– they are NOT made with breast milk. And they are pretty darn delicious. I didn’t make this up.. it’s a thing. I promise. Pinterest it: Lactation cookies. Pinterest doesn’t lie. The reason they are called “lactation cookies” is because the three ingredients of oats, flaxseed, and yeast are supposed to boost your milk supply. I don’t know if there is science to back this up; but it gives me a good reason to eat a lot of cookies. So I’m a believer.

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I’ve made a batch of these each week for the past three weeks. That amounts to two or three cookies a day and I still can’t get enough. They taste like a hybrid between an energy bar and a cookie. They’re not too sweet and I love the oaty flavor. Since they’re not packed with a ton of butter or sugar, I feel like I could eat a lot of them without getting a sugar headache.

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(I know you guys are totally marveling at my food photography skills… oh wait! Not!)

INGREDIENTS
2 Tbsp flaxseed
4 Tbsp water
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups wheat flour
2 Tbsp active, dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

RECIPE
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together flaxseed and water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
3. In bowl, beat together margarine and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix well.
4. Add vanilla to flaxseed mixture, stir, and add to margarine mix. Beat until blended.
5. In separate bowl, sift together flour, yeast, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.
6. Add flour mix to margarine mix, stirring as you go. Stir in oats and then chocolate chips.
7. Spoon 1.5″ drops onto nonstick, ungreased baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean from cookie’s center.)

Why did I think of making lactation cookies? Mainly because you google and pinterest a lot when you’re up every other hour at night feeding a baby. Where did I get this recipe? I read over a lot of oat/ chocolate chip cookie recipes that claim to boost milk supply and altered them a bit with (always) less sugar and butter. I like using the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips because they’re more evenly dispersed throughout a cookie. Dark chocolate is even better!

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Yes, Derek has eaten some. And no, he is not producing milk for our newborn. Mya likes them too… but she’d rather have a blue sucker or jellybean. In any case, they’re packed with fiber, so I’ll find comfort in knowing they’re somewhat more nutritious. And since they’re apparently helping my milk supply for my baby, I figure I’ll keep baking each week. Because I’ll do anything for my baby. Even if that means eating yummy cookies. ;P

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