As a nursing mother myself, I’ve been hearing a lot about lactation cookies. Becoming quite intrigued with them, I began to research exactly what is in these magical treats.
Two of the most beneficial ingredients to increase milk supply are believed to be brewers yeast & oatmeal. I did notice however that many of these seemingly healthy cookie recipes were loaded with sugar! Up to TWO cups of sugar! Plus a full cup of butter and white flour. That’s dessert, not a snack. If you want dessert, find one of those recipes, but if you want a plant based muffin that can energize your body and provide your baby with much needed nutrients, give my muffin recipe a try.
Oatmeal is full of fiber and is a great vegan source of iron. Maternal anemia is shown to result in a lower milk supply, which may be why some women struggle to produce enough milk. Oatmeal is also thought to create a relaxing affect causing the body to release oxytocin which may help with letdown.
Brewers Yeast is a galactagogue herb, (aka an herb that increases milk supply in nursing mothers), and is considered safe for breastfeeding. it’s a good source of iron, chromium and selenium along with several B vitamins.
Coconut oil is not only believed to increase milk supply, but it also produces fattier & more nutritious breast milk, as it contains high levels of lauric acid.
I understand that busy moms struggle to find time for baking, but I assure you that these muffins take only minutes to prepare and you can whip them up in one bowl. I make them them twice a week and my ten year old goes crazy for them!
As always, I encourage you to use organic ingredients if possible, especially while breastfeeding.
2 ripe bananas mashed
2 cups oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons brewers yeast
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
powdered sugar optional
preheat oven ro 350 degrees
combine all ingredients except powdered sugar and pour into greased muffin pan.
Bake 25-30 min
sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar if desired
makes 12-14 muffins