Cranberry & White Chocolate Lactation Cookies
2/3 cup butter, softened (I substitute some coconut oil.)
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp flax seed meal mixed w/ 6 Tbsp water
2 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
½ cup brewer’s yeast
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup Craisins (or other dried fruit)
1 cup white chocolate chunks/ chips (I found non-hydrogenated at Kings Soopers, amazingly, but they’re also at Whole Foods.)
Preheat oven to 350*F (180*C). Beat butter/ coconut oil and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Add flax mixture and blend well. Combine flours, brewer’s yeast, baking soda and salt in a small bowl, then add to wet ingredients; mix well. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned on bottom. Immediately remove from baking sheets to cool completely on wire racks. Yield, approx 4 ½ dozen.
These freeze great- baked and unbaked, and are wonderful for nursing mamas! The oats, flax, and brewer’s yeast will help boost/ maintain/ increase your milk supply; the dried cranberries are a compact source of antioxidants, and the white chocolate chips just make me happy. Feel free to substitute ingredients as you like: a different kind of chips, all white flour or a higher proportion of whole wheat, whatever works for you! The recipe is very forgiving. Keep this one in your arsenal even when you’re no longer nursing- the brewer’s yeast is a great source of B vitamins and protein, coconut oil is a prime source of medium chain fatty acids, and the flax is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. You can feel good about giving these to your kids! Suggested “dose” for nursing mamas is 4 cookies a day- sweet!