Due to a reduction mammaplasty 10 years ago, and birth trauma which meant my milk came in late, I have had to supplement from nearly day one with formula. Sucks, yes, but whaddya gonna do but press on? So, I hit the Internet to look for anything I could do to increase my supply. So among all the warm baths, breast compressions, thinking ‘milky thoughts’ (wtf?), and the such, I also found a recipe for lactation cookies. There are many variations, but they all contain the main ingredients of brewer’s yeast (not regular yeast, Brewers), milled flax (high in Omega 3 and iron), and oats (a common galgalo- a galgalogue – it builds your supply and I can’t spell it). Unfortunately, the cookies taste like…um…I’ll say it, they taste like freeze dried poo. So, I endeavored to make a recipe that has all the same ingredients but don’t taste like you just lost a bet.
Without further ado, my cookie recipe, Badass Boobage Biscuit.
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
150 g butter
1 cup flour (if you use self rising flour, don’t add bicarbonate of soda)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 cups milled flax (I got mine from Holland and Barret, check your local health food stores. Mine has ground cocoa in it, om nom!)
3 cups oats (if you can get steel cut, great, if not rolled is fine)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup brewer’s yeast (I found mine at Whole Foods)
1 teaspoon salt
Crap additives – I like chocolate chips, raisins, peanut butter, or Nutella!
Cream butter with brown and white sugar using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Add eggs and olive oil. Set aside.
In GINORMOUS bowl (seriously, I use our stock pot), sift flour, flax, brewer’s yeast, salt, and soda. Add butter mixture. I use my hands to mix it, as a spoon will not hit the crevices of the bowl, and your arms will get tired. Might as well get your hands dirty (if you have kids, they will LOVE to do this part!). Once that is well well well mixed, add oatmeal and your favorite additives. In this recent batch, I added some raisins and 3 spoonglops of Nutella. You can add walnuts, dried fruits, whatever. You may find that the mixture is a bit dry at this point – feel free to add a couple of tablespoons of water at a time till it seems like it won’t crumble the minute you put it on the cookie tray. Roll cookie mixture into small balls and place on tray. I like to put a little thumb print in mine, and then slap a little jam in it before I pop them in the oven – 375 (190C) for 12 mins. Let cool slightly and nom. Should make about 4-5 dozen or so.
The nice part about this is it plays to your strengths. I love chocolate, so I add a crapload. You might really like fruit, so you can add it. Point is, you are getting good healthy stuff from the oats, yeast, and flax. Even if your supply doesn’t need a boost (and it should be noted that no doctor/etc has said this stuff will increase supply), they taste really good and are a fab pick me up as you sit nursing for what feels like forever.
Boobage biscuits! It’s what’s for dinner. 🙂