My boy is a foodie.  He loves to eat.  I love that he loves to eat.  I love making his baby food for him too.  His love for food has one serious side effect though and that is my rapid reduction of milk production.  I have been nursing him for nearly nine months and have found that milk production is slowing down in the past month.  While I am ready to take my baby’s cues and wean him from nursing when he is ready, I know that he isn’t quite there yet.  So, I turned to the kitchen to help increase my milk production so that we can continue nursing until he is truly ready to wean.

I found this recipe on pinterest and tweaked it a little to make it a little more lactation friendly.   Honestly, this cookie already had good bones though as it contains no added sugar and it’s base is oats!  I am a dairy free, gluten free mama so this cookie is perfect for me.  This is definitely not your sugar laden cookie though so if you are looking for that recipe there are a ton of them online!  If you want the hippie version, keep reading.



3 ripe bananas

2 cups gluten free oats

1/4 cup olive oil   1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup of freshly ground almond butter or peanut butter

1/2 cup grain free, dairy free chocolate chips

1 cup ground flax

3 Tbsp brewers yeast

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

shredded coconut ( I eyeballed mine and added approx 1/2 cup)

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Blend all ingredients in mixer.  Spoon ( I use a cookie scoop from Williams and Sonoma which is perfect!)  onto parchment lined baking sheet or non-stick baking sheet.  Use the back of spoon to flatten cookie a little as this mix will not spread.  Bake 12-15 minutes.  Let cool and store in air tight container.  Yields 2.5 dozen cookies.

These cookies have all the good stuff and will hopefully help increase or maintain milk supply.  A couple of cookies a day is all I need to notice that milk production is steadily increasing.  Let me know if you try this cookie and what you think!


boss lady

EDIT:  I have made some minor adjustments to the recipe by swapping out the olive oil for coconut and including shredded coconut in the recipe.  

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16 Responses to “Gluten free, dairy free lactation cookies”

  1. Katie says:

    These cookies sound delish. Do oats help increase milk supply? I could have used these cookies nine months ago. I was devastated when my supply ran out. Thanks for sharing.

    • superfreshbabypants says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Oats, brewers yeast and flax are all known to help maintain and increase supply! They have been super helpful in my house :)

  2. Jen says:

    Thank you!! Made some today & they are yummy! I did throw a few chocolate chips in (1 in each cookie) — love the healthy version vs. some of the recipes I have seen that really are not great for you. I did also sub olive oil for coconut oil & it worked perfect. Great recipe really appreciate you posting!!

  3. Lauren says:

    I made them today! Fabulous. Was wondering how many cookies are in a serving size? Was thinking about the coconut oil and will do that next time.

    • superfreshbabypants says:

      so glad you like them! I am planning to make some this week. In my house, I eat many…probably too many and usually consider that a serving size!

  4. Lauren says:

    Also, I burnt mine a little :(
    That won’t affect the brewers yeast will it?

    • superfreshbabypants says:

      Good question! You’re probably safe since oats and brewer’s yeast are known to help increase and establish milk supply!

      • Anna says:

        I think Lauren was asking if the high temperature/burning would damage the yeast or negate its supposed beneficial properties. Since the cookies will be heated above 120ºF whether you burn them or not, the yeast will be killed by the cooking process anyway, so I can’t really imagine how burning them would further affect the efficacy of the yeast. For what it’s worth I have searched for peer reviewed studies on the yeast and lactation and haven’t really found anything to support the claim that it increases milk supply. The cookies do look like they taste good, though.

        • superfreshbabypants says:

          Thank you for the feedback and clearing that up :) Good info to know. I didn’t realize that the yeast would be killed through the cooking process. They are delicious and I actually still make them sometimes. I am a believer in old wive’s tales though :)

  5. Lauren says:

    thanks for answering……i like the changes you made. another one for you, how long is a batch good for? Can’t wait to make again and do your changes.

  6. Lauren says:

    OH….didn’t realize they needed to be refrigerated. Good to know. How many days wuld you say they are good for?

    • superfreshbabypants says:

      I keep mine for about 3-5 days. I am pretty sure they are fine on the counter too! I just have a habit of storing them in the refrigerator!

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  8. Oh, thank you so much for posting this! It is gonna help when I get Coconut Milk at the market! Super Magnificent!

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