Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies (with chocolate!)

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As a breastfeeding mom, you know the importance of eating nutrient-dense foods, preferably those that support lactation and help keep breastmilk supply up. And that’s exactly why you need to give these peanut butter lactation cookies a try. 

This lactation cookie recipe is high in protein and low in sugar. It combines peanut butter with a hint of chocolate for a chewy and deliciously indulgent cookie. Plus oatmeal and flax to help milk supply.

And these peanut butter cookies are gluten free, dairy free and soy free if you are avoiding these allergens while nursing.

They’re incredibly easy to put together, and you’ll need just a few basic ingredients and 1 bowl to make them.

These little cookies can be made in a big batch and stored for later- that way, you’ll always have a little healthy snack to keep yourself going after a breastfeeding session. 

Check out our whole guide to What to Eat When Breastfeeding and let’s take a closer look at these cookies, and what it takes to make them the right way. 

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What Are Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies?

Peanut butter lactation cookies are cookies for breastfeeding moms that are made with peanut butter as the main ingredient, and pack in a few other ingredients that support lactation. 

Lactation cookies are a nice breastfeeding treat, though you should not rely on them alone to keep your milk supply up.

When indulging in lactation cookies make sure to look for recipes that are low in sugar or use sugar alternatives, as well as milk supply boosting ingredients.

Make sure to follow a healthy breastfeeding meal plan and have plenty of breastfeeding drinks as well throughout the day.

Another great thing about these cookies is the fact that they are freezer-friendly. You can make these over the weekend and then have them as you need a snack through out the week.

If you like to make your own lactation snacks, check out our Homemade Breastfeeding Snacks Ebook with 13 recipes to help boost milk supply.

Don’t have time to make your own lactation snacks? Check out these snacks you can buy!

What You’ll Need to Make Lactation Peanut Butter Cookies

You’ll need just a few additional ingredients apart from the peanut butter to make these peanut butter lactation cookies. 

You can also consider adding more galactagogues like Brewer’s yeast or lactation protein powder to these cookies for an added milk supply boost.

The oatmeal and ground flax are the essential ingredients in these lactation cookies for milk supply. Oatmeal is a common food recommended to breastfeeding moms and great for milk supply. Make sure to use gluten free oats to keep this recipe gluten free.

Ground flax is a food that boost milk supply, it also helps these cookies stick together.

The eggs provide protein and are also rich in choline which is an essential needed in higher amounts while breastfeeding.

This recipe uses cacao powder, because it provides a richer flavor and more nutrients than cocoa powder. But you can certainly use regular cocoa powder if you have it on hand.

To keep these cookies healthy-ish, choose peanut butter that does not include “partially hydrogenated oil,” “hydrogenated oil” in the ingredients list. Look for brands that are just peanuts and salt.

This lactation cookie recipe is sweetened with maple syrup rather than refined sugar. This adds nice flavor, but also helps to cut the glycemic load and help reduce blood sugar spikes.

No time (or energy) to make cookies? Check out these pre packaged breastfeeding snacks!

How to Make this Peanut Butter Lactation Cookie Recipe

Making these cookies is incredibly easy. Here’s the step-by-step rundown of how to do it right. 

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, add all your ingredients.

Next, mix all the ingredients together with a spatula. Make sure that it is thoroughly mixed.

The dough will be soft and gooey.

Cover a baking pan with parchment paper, or a silicone baking sheet. This makes for easy clean up! No greasing the pan necessary.

Put tablespoons full of dough onto the pan. You can use an ice cream scoop like this one or a large spoon. Use the back to gently press the rounds on dough down and flatten.

You could also press with a fork at this point too for the look of more traditional peanut butter cookies.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. You will know they are done when the color changes from dark brown to light brown.

The cookies will still seem some what soft out of the oven. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before enjoying or they will be very crumbly. The longer they cool, the better they hold together.

Tips to Make the BEST Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies

Ready to make these delicious cookies? Here are a few tips and tricks that might help you take things up a notch. 

  • To lend these cookies a bit more chocolaty flavor and texture, you can add some chocolate chips into the mix before you bake them. 
  • Fancy your cookies to have a bit of that warm, fall flavor? You can add a pinch or two of cinnamon into the cookie dough. 
  • You can also add some chopped peanuts or pecans into the dough to give the cookies a nice element of crunch. 
  • After the cookies are done, get them out and wait for 3-5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. 
  • Allow them to cool down completely before you move them to an airtight container or a Ziploc bag. These cookies are crumbly and the longer you let them cool the more time they have to set.
  • If you’re planning to have these cookies within 1 week, you can refrigerate them, but if you want to store them for longer, put them into the freezer. 

The next time you find yourself getting voraciously hungry after feeding your baby, bite into one of these peanut butter lactation cookies to get a powerful dose of nutrition and some deliciousness all in one. 

Want to make more lactation cookies? Check out all our recipes:

Healthy Lactation Cookies Recipe (that won’t sabotage your diet!)

Pumpkin Lactation Cookies

DIY Lactation Cookie Mix

Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies

Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A chewy peanut butter lactation cookie with a hint of chocolate and maple syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp ground flax meal
  • ¼ cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cover a baking pan with parchment paper, or a silicone baking sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together with a spatula.
  4. Use a an ice cream scoop, or large spoon to place mounds of dough onto the pan. Press to flatten.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before enjoying!
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for 3 months.

Notes

The cookies will still seem soft out of the oven. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes or they will be very crumbly. The longer they cool better they hold together.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g

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How Do I Store These For Later?

If you’re planning to make these cookies in a big batch to last you for a month, you can do that too! These cookies would be great to add to your postpartum freezer meal plan.

Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

To freeze them right, you’ll need to place the cookies on a baking tray and pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes or so until they turn hard. Then, get them out, and transfer them into a Ziploc bag or a container. Easy peasy! 

To preserve the freshness and the structural integrity of these cookies, you can also individually wrap them in plastic wrap, and then store them in an airtight container. 

Check out more Healthy Freezer Snacks here!

More Lactation Recipes

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Healthy Lactation Cookies Recipe (that won’t sabotage your diet!)

The Ultimate Lactation Smoothie Recipe (for Making More Milk)

No Bake Chocolate Lactation Bars Recipe

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