As a food lover, one thing I looked forward to while I started breastfeeding was getting to munch on some yummy cookies! You might have heard of galactogue foods. They are known to help the production of milk, and oats are part of the list.
I did look and try several lactation cookies recipes until I created my own with what is available here in Bangkok. Oh, and these cookies are gluten-free!
Here are a few details about the ingredients…
I am using the brand Bob’s Redmill, that you can find at Sunshine Market, as well as Villa Market. These are 2 of the places I usually shop at.
What I love about oats is that they go well in many recipes, including the lactation cookies. They are very nutritious, and as nursing makes me very hungry, oats are great to have in your kitchen!
A great alternative to wheat flour when you are trying to limit or avoid gluten. I usually buy the one from the brand Heritage (green packaging), also available at Villa Market.
Although they will be cooked, choosing fresh and free range is a must for me when it comes to eggs. There are several brands available, my usual go to is the Hilltribe Organics.
All the original recipes I checked were suggesting other sweeteners, but since we are in Thailand, why not using coconut sugar! I do like the brand Nuttarin. They also do have coconut oil and flours, as they are a “Coconut Lifestyle” brand.
For those not using dairy, I suggested coconut oil, but for me, butter gives such a nice taste to pastries and cookies!
I have been using the “grass-fed” version of Anchor butter, sold by Paleo Robbie.
The brand I buy is again Bob’s Redmill. The important part here is to grind the seeds before using them. That is a trick I learnt from Laura. And here is how to do it: Pour the flaxseed into a blender and blend it for about 3 minutes. You can also grind flaxseed using a food processor or a coffee grinder.
Last but not least! This ingredient is said to be a key ingredient in the lactation cookies recipe. To share with you, my personal key ingredient was clearly the oats, and I could do without the brewer’s yeast but I didn’t have a milk supply issue. I believe this is important if you have a low production of milk.
Here in Bangkok, I found some at Radiance Wholefoods. Together with some pretty tasty nut butters and other goodies.
There are many versions possible for lactation cookies and other snacks too. Please share your versions!
Recipe written by Joëlle