Is there a creepier word than “lactation”? Ugh. If you don’t happen to be producing milk at this point, you’ll still be able to enjoy these homemade Chocolate Fudge Lactation Cookies, no lanolin required.
A wise poet once said, “ain’t no party like a West Coast party, cause a West Coast party don’t stop”. I would also add “ain’t no hunger like a breastfeeding hunger because I’ll cut a punk for some food”. For at least the first month after we brought Bennett home, I would constantly need a giant water bottle next to me, and a whole mess of snacks, lest I stab someone. One of my go-to snacks were Cliff Bars. I’m not a fan of products in single-use wrappers or spending $1.25 on something that likely wouldn’t be too hard to make yourself. But, I was kinda busy so I forgave my over-consumption of ready-made snacks. And once we had a chance to come up for air, I resolved to make my own version.
It just so happens that many of the ingredients in Chocolate Fudge Lactation Cookies are also things that aid in healthy breastfeeding.
- Brewers yeast – not to be confused with nutritional yeast – is high in protein, B vitamins, and iron; all are great for increasing or maintaining a consistent milk supply. Quick note, according to some websites, some babies react negatively to brewers yeast in the form of colic-like symptoms. My kid acts like a raging butthead regardless if I’m eating these or not.
- Peanut/almond butter is full of protein which any hungry person can appreciate for keeping them fuller, longer.
- Flaxseed for omega-3s and fiber. And because pooping.
- Dates for calcium and iron. And because pooping.
- Oats for fiber and some sources say it can help increase milk supply. And because pooping.
Not breastfeeding? Just leave out the brewers yeast. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Also, one of the ingredients is Lyle’s Golden Syrup, which can be crazy hard to find. If you can’t find it or don’t want to order it on Amazon, just sub in brown rice syrup, or more honey. Lyle’s Golden Syrup is a magical elixir that my friends refer to as “the sex sauce” because while trying to describe the taste to them, I said it was like if maple syrup had sex with a stick of butter. Charmed, I’m sure.
These are best served with your favorite beverage and are delicious with a nice bottle of milk. 🙂
Chocolate Fudge Lactation Cookies
- 4 tbsp brewers yeast
- 3 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 8 dates pitted
- 1 cup of old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup peanut or almond butter
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 4 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp brown rice syrup or Lyle's Golden Syrup
- 1 cup crisp rice cereal
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
In a food processor, pulse dates 10 times. Add the oats, brewers yeast, flax seed, and cocoa powder, and pulse to combine. Add the cashews, and pulse a few times depending on how chunky you want the cashews (I like them chunky).
In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, brown rice syrup/Lyle's Golden Syrup, and vanilla, and microwave it for 1 minute. Stir to combine.
Add the dry ingredients from the food processor to the peanut butter mixture, and stir to combine.
Add the crisp rice cereal, and stir. Let everything cool for a few minutes, then add the mini chocolate chips, and stir to combine.
Make small "pancakes" out of the mixture, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. In a 250 degree oven, bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely, and then store in an airtight container at room temperature.