You’ve heard of lactation cookies, but what about lactation cookie bars? It’s like taking the best of a cookie and making it in brownie form. Brownie-cookie-bar…whatever you call it, it’s doggone delicious.
Right now I’m nursing my 14 month old. Historically, around the one year mark, my supply always tanks. It has with each of my three kids, and this time is no exception. I knew I needed a little something extra to give my supply a boost. And it worked! The following day, I noticed a definite increase in production.
I used inspiration from this Martha Stewart Oatmeal Raisin Bar to create this milk-boosting recipe.
Whenever my friends have babies, I love bringing them a batch of these lactation bars. I even whipped up a batch the day before my scheduled c-section to bring to the hospital to help my milk come in.
Perfect for breakfast, or just a snack, they are not only filling, but also great for your milk supply since they contain FOUR galactagogues.
Galactagogues are foods or substances that help milk production. If you need help increasing your milk supply, eating foods that are galactagogues could be helpful. (Bring on the cookies! Uh, bars!)
The galacagogues in this recipe are:
- Flax Seed
- Brewer’s Yeast
A note about Brewer’s Yeast
I’ve read many reviews of recipes containing brewer’s yeast. Some reviewers say that the brewer’s yeast adds a bitter or unpleasant taste to food.
When I created this recipe, I experimented with various amounts. I found that using 2.5 – 3 Tablespoons per batch, does not affect the flavor.
The brand of brewer’s yeast you choose does matter. I read a LOT of reviews and ultimately chose this brand (Solgar). It had the highest reviews and customers specifically mentioned that it does not have a strong taste like other brands.
If you do not have any brewer’s yeast, you can omit from this recipe. While the cookie bars will still be scrumptious, they may not be quite as effective at increasing your milk supply.
Related reading: Breast Milk Facts: 25+ Mind-Blowing Benefits of Breast Milk
Let’s get started!
The ingredients for this recipe are butter, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, all-purpose flour, flax seeds, brewer’s yeast, old fashioned oats, slivered almonds, and raisins.
First, Place softened butter in a large mixing bowl and mix using a hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and mix until well-incorporated.
Slowly mix in baking powder, flour, brewer’s yeast, flax seeds, and oats, mixing well. Now add the raisins and slivered almonds, folding them in by hand.
Spread your batter in a greased pan. It will be thick!
Bake in an oven that has been pre-heated to 325 degrees for 27-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (It may have dry crumbs attached, and that’s okay!)
Let the lactation cookie bars cool completely and then cut into 2-inch squares. (I know it’s tempting, but you must wait to avoid them becoming crumbly!)
You can keep them in an airtight container on the counter for up to three days. But I promise they won’t last that long! They’re seriously addictive.
Lactation Cookie Bar Recipe
Yields about 12 bars.
- 1.5 sticks (12 Tablespoons) of butter, softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons brewer’s yeast
- 1 Tablespoon flax seeds
- 1.5 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
1- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2- Place softened butter in a large mixing bowl and mix using a hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and mix until well-incorporated.
3- Slowly mix in baking powder, flour, brewer’s yeast, flax seeds, and oats, mixing well.
4- Add slivered almonds and raisins, mixing in by hand. The batter will be thick.
5- Grease an 8 x 11 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread batter evenly into pan.
6- Bake for 27-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (It may have dry crumbs attached, and that’s okay!)
7- Cool completely in pan and cut bars into 2 inch squares. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite way to boost your milk supply? Let me know!