Tuesday Treats: Super Protein Cookies aka Milk Making Lactation Cookies

Ok, ok, we haven't had a Tuesday treats in for.ev.er 'cause I didn't feel much like cooking or baking for about ten months. But after my little stay in the hospital last week let's just say I'm looking for any homeopathic way to, ahem, make more food for my baby bee.

In my search I stumbled on a recipe for milk making cookies. Wait, wait, don't stop reading! Apparently lots of protein and whole grains and basically good nutrition does a new mom's body good, but those things do anyone's body good, right? And when a cookie this tasty is also a bit more on the healthy side of desserts then isn't that a win-win? Well, I think they're delicious and I'm not really a fan of baked cookies. Give me cookie dough any day, but cooked? I rarely go back after the first batch has cooled.
These cookies just might become our regulars, 'cause when S eats a half dozen cookies when he's ravenous on the drive home from work it's probably a good idea to have a little nutritional value in there. Who knows, maybe they'll give him the energy to stay up extra late during the baby's fussy hours, so I can get some sleep.

Protein Cookies aka Milk Making Cookies
created by Kathleen Major, PNP, RN, barely adapted from peaceful parenting

1/2 c. softened butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 large eggs
3/4 c. almond butter (or peanut butter)
1/3 c. water
1 t. cinnamon, optional
1 c. ground flax (sometimes called flax flour)
3 T. brewer's yeast
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 3/4 c. old fashioned oatmeal (not quick oats)
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 c. chocolate chips - I used 1c. mini chips and 1c. of chocolate chunks
1 c. chopped nuts of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. Combine butter and sugars, beating until pale and fluffy

2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well

3. Add almond butter and mix until combined

4. Add water, mix well

5. Add cinnamon (optional), flax, brewers yeast, flour, oats, soda and salt, mix until well incorporated

6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts

7. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with a silpat. Bake at 350 degrees for ~10 minutes until set in the center.

The cookies freeze very well!

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  1. Cookies look and sound wonderful, at this point I'm just thanking God that I do NOT have the ingredients for these in my cabinet right now. Congratulations on winning the Nursery contest for December.. You should really win for the whole year, it is so pretty. Congratulations on your new fan in the bathroom. I'm glad your better, hope it was not anything to serious.. And Baby B is so adorable wrapped up like a Christmas Present!

  2. Anonymous1/03/2012

    Those cookies look so good! And they are healthy so I don't have to worry about breaking any New Year goals, right?....right? :)

  3. Anonymous1/04/2012

    Oatmeal is excellent for milk making.

    A mother and successful breast feeder of 10.

  4. These cookies are super delicious! I'm not lactating yet, but am happy to have something nutritious to snack on. Thanks for sharing.


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