Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mommy Cookies

I get so many requests for my vegan lactation cookie recipe, so I figured I'd post it publicly so that all the moms out there can use it.  And hey, it's not just for lactating moms!  My husband and son love these things.  No, they have not lactated as a result.  They are just tasty cookies with lots of stuff in them to help support lactation.  They are dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, and can be soy-free depending on what non-dairy options you pick.  They might not work for all women since everyone responds differently to galactagogues, but they work for me.

Vegan No-Bake Lactation Cookies

1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I've used soy, rice, and almond successfully)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup peanut butter (the natural all-peanut kind)
1/2 cup vegan margarine (Earth balance works well and comes in a soy-free variety as well)
1 Tsp vanilla
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2-4 Tbsp brewer's yeast

Combine oatmeal, flax seed, and brewer's yeast in a large bowl.  In a small saucepan, combine non-dairy milk, sugar, cocoa, peanut butter, and margarine.  Stir over medium heat and bring to a boil.  Boil mixture for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add vanilla.  Pour chocolate mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir well to combine.  Drop cookies onto a cookie sheet or wax paper to cool or refrigerate until cookies are firm and no longer sticky.

I've played with a couple of variations on this recipe recently that turned out well. Replacing the peanut butter with another nut butter like almond or hazelnut is tasty. I also tried adding a scoop of vegan protein powder to the oatmeal mix before adding in the heated liquid mixture, and that also turned out well. 

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