Lactation Cookie recipe (Sugar free. Can be gluten, dairy, nut and egg free)

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These lactation cookies have been carefully researched so every ingredient is going to make you feel more energised and increase your milk supply. If you have a low milk supply or a very hungry baby, try these lactation cookies and let us know about your success.

Do you know someone who is about to give birth, these cookies are a perfect gift for a new a Mum, she will have something yummy to eat and she will not have to worry about cooking. Make some as a present if you are popping in to meet a new baby.

Forward this healthy lactation cookie recipe to your Mother’s Group or take a batch next time you meet up, they will be enjoyed and will increase your energy levels and general well being.

Let your Maternal Health Nurse know that this Sugar Free lactation cookie recipe could help many breastfeeding Mums. She may like to recommend this recipe, I would have loved someone offer this recipe to me when I was a new Mum, forward the link now.

These may be called lactation cookies but they are excellent for a healthy boost during pregnancy or for anyone. My husband liked the brewer’s yeast taste, my son loves them too, a perfect healthy snack for toddlers.

The three main ingredients which will increase supply are Oats, Flax seed (linseed) and Brewer’s yeast, more information the benefits on these ingredients can be found at Dr Momma.

Here is the reasons these ingredients are included to boost your milk supply:

  • Oats: full of fibre, protein and importantly iron which breastfeeding mums require
  • Flax seed or Linseed meal: high in fibre and omega-3 (essential fatty acids) which is necessary while breastfeeding because our babies rapidly growing brains are dependent on these fatty acids
  • Brewer’s Yeast: a top source of B vitamins, vital for good health and increased sugar metabolism, it has a very strong taste so you can reduce the amount but this ingredient is important to help increase the supply
  • Molasses:  extremely rich in B vitamins, copper, phosphorus, calcium, iron and potassium, I only recommend the Spiral Foods brand as it only has 10% sugar but the taste is very strong, use less if you like
  • Eggs: a complete source of protein, healthy fats and several vitamins and minerals, including choline which is an important nutrient for nursing women to ensure healthy fetal brain development
  • Coconut Oil and / or Butter – good fat omega-3 (essential fatty acids) which is absolutely healthy while breastfeeding because our babies rapidly growing brain. Coconut oil will also shield you from ill health with high lauric acid levels
  • Tahini (Sesame seed paste): an excellent source of calcium, protein , copper, manganese, and the healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. Black Tahini has high antioxidant levels
  • Sunflower seeds: an excellent source of vitamin E, the key fat-soluble antioxidant in our bodies and magnesium which is essential for healthy bones and energy levels
  • Quinoa: contains protein, essential amino acids and high levels of calcium, phosphorus, and iron
  • Figs or Apricots: Apricots and Figs (especially dried) contain phytoestrogens which help to balance the hormones involved in lactation.  They are high in fiber, Vitamin A, C, potassium and calcium.  They are thought to help with milk production like some other lactogenic foods

These lactation cookies actually work! More details on how these ingredients have increased supplies can be found at Belly Belly.

As well as enjoying these amazing lactation cookies please also drink more water and herbal tea, keeping your fluids up is key!

More top foods which will increase your milk supply include chicken soup, my recipe is amazing, or fenugreek capsules or fenugreek tea (don’t include fenugreek in cookies as it’s too bitter). The rest are already included in this recipe so enjoy!

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Healthy Lactation cookies that actually work

By September 17, 2013

These lactation cookies have been carefully researched so every ingredient is going to make you feel more energised and increase your milk supply.

Prep Time : 45 minutes. Cook Time : 15-20 minutes Yield : 42 Allergens : , , , , ,

Rating 4.13 stars - based on 15 review(s)


  • Sunflower seeds - 1/2 cup or nuts if you prefer (not Walnuts, they do not help milk supply)
  • Oats - 2 cups (Organic is best, you can also buy GF oats if required)
  • Butter - 1/4 cup or use 1/2 cup coconut oil in total
  • Coconut Oil - 1/4 cup or use 1/2 cup butter in total
  • Natvia - 1/2 cup or sweetener of choice
  • Blackstrap Molasses - Optional 2 Tablespoons - Spiral Foods brand is only 10% natural sugar, avoid most other brands - the taste is strong, don't overdo it
  • Rice Syrup - 3 heaped Tablespoons or sweetener of choice
  • Eggs - 2 XL eggs or 2 heaped Tablespoons of Chia seed left in 4 Tablespoons of water for 10 minutes to form a gel substitute for eggs
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 - 2 Tablespoon
  • Tahini - 1/4 cup - Unhulled or black tahini are most nutrient or use nut butter
  • Cinnamon - 2 teaspoons
  • Salt - 1/4 teaspoon - Himalayian has most minerals
  • Baking Soda - 1 heaped teaspoon - must be Sifted
  • Brewer's Yeast - 2 - 3 Tablespoons - do not replace with other yeast, very different, you can replace with more flax meal. Available at health food stores - it has a very strong taste so you can reduce the amount but this ingredient is important to help increase the supply
  • Flax seed meal (Ground Linseeds) - 1 cup - available at health food stores or health section of supermarket
  • Cooked Quinoa - 1 and 1/4 cups - use a heaped 1/3 cup dry quinoa and 1/2 cup boling water with lid on for 15 minutes then rest for 10 minutes with lid still on then fluff with fork and leave to cool
  • Dried Figs - 3/4 cup (you can use apricot too) chopped small - the soft juicy ones are best, avoid preservative 220
  • Almond Flakes - 3/4 cup to decorate or coconut or sesame seeds if nut free


  • Precook your quinoa
  • Soak your chopped dried fruit
  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • Line 3 baking trays with grease proof paper (if you only have 1 or 2, no problem to do batches)
  • Put the Sunflower seeds (or nuts) in processor and blitz on high until desired consistency (I like a flour like texture, but you can have more chunky)
  • Add the rolled oats and process further til desired texture for both
  • Set the sunflower and oat meal aside
  • Add butter and / or coconut oil (1/2 cup in total), molasses, natvia and rice syrup to processor and process on medium until the sweeteners have dissolved into the butters, you will need to scrap the sides back down a few times
  • Add eggs (or chia gel) one at a time process to incorporate
  • Add vanilla, tahini (or nut butter), cinnamon, salt, baking soda, brewer's yeast, flax meal, cooked quinoa and process on medium high to combine well, scraping down sides if needed
  • Add chopped fig or apricot and combine
  • Leave the processor running on a slow speed and very slowly pour in the oat and sunflower meal until you have a doughy dense batter
  • Have a bowl of water ready to keep your hands wet when making the balls, the dough is too sticky and you'll need wet hands
  • Make small balls, about 2cm diameter and flatten them onto your trays
  • Press on some Almond flakes or sesame seeds or coconut
  • Place in oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown
  • The cookies will rise slightly and come out chewy, for crunchier make them smaller and bake longer
  • Repeat if you only have one tray (it takes about 10 minutes to prepare a tray of balls so you can bake while making the next batch)
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack
  • Store in air tight container
  • Being such a big batch, it is perfect to share with your mother's group or freeze some for later
  • Enjoy xoxSha
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10 Responses to Lactation Cookie recipe (Sugar free. Can be gluten, dairy, nut and egg free)

  1. Gemma

    I’m so excited to try these Sha!! Couldn’t have come at a better time! Thanks xxxx

    • Sha

      I’m so glad Gem! Let us know your success!

      • Gemma

        They were really good Sha. I didn’t make them to increase milk supply but they certainly did! Thanks for creating them!!

  2. Kristy

    Hello, I just made these and they are really yum so thank you! How often would you recommend to eat per day?

    • Sha

      I believe about 3 per day will be enough to show an increase in milk supply. See how you go, let me know if you have success with them. I’m glad you like them. Thanks!

  3. Zoe

    My friend just put me onto your blog and I was so excited to find these cookies as I’m almost due with my second and had very low supply with my daughter. Thanks, will let you know how I go!

    • Sha

      Thanks Zoe. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  4. Abby

    Hi Sha,These have been great to boost my supply, thank you so much for the recipe. I have recently found out though that my 3mo might be reacting to oats so was wondering if you think there is something I could substitute them with.
    thanks, Abby

    • Sha

      That is great news Abby! Thank you. Perhaps try another rolled grain instead of oats. Most health food shops have rolled rye, quinoa flakes etc. Even Woolworths stock a 5 grain porridge mix in the health section which has the above plus rice. If this is tricky please try another flour of choice and omit blending it. Thanks for your message xoxSha

  5. Kat

    Hi 🙂 my little one is sensitive to Gluten so I can’t have the brewers yeast as I hear that has gluten in it. Can I sub nutritional yeast for it?

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