What’s better than eating cookies? Having a valid* excuse to eat cookies!
As promised – here is my recipe
2 cups Flour ***
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter (soft) ***
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
2 cups Chocolate Chips
2 cups Oats
1 cups Coconut
1 cup Nuts (walnuts, pecans, pepitas, your favorite nut here)
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed
1/4 cup Brewer’s Yeast
Use the basic cookie method to combine ingredients.
Or more specifically: Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, flax seed, brewer’s yeast. In a separate bowl beat the butter and sugars until fluffy, beat in the eggs one at a time, add vanilla and scrape down the sides. Add in the flour mixture, mix just until incorporated. Add in the oats, coconut, nuts and chocolate chips and mix until blended. At this point you can start baking the cookies at 350 F for about 12 minutes or until they look golden brown. Bake longer if you want them crispier, less if you want them chewier.
***Substitutions: I usually use Whole Wheat Flour. But I also like to substitute in a 1/2 cup of Coconut Flour and when I do that I also add in 1/4 cup of Coconut Milk. (Coconut flour isn’t really flour since it isn’t a grain, its more fiber and it also soaks up a lot of moisture, so adding in the coconut milk helps keep the cookies moist and adds nice flavor).
Also, sometimes instead of using straight butter I will use 1/2 cup of butter and a little less than 1/2 cup of coconut oil (when the oil reaches room temp it’s liquid so you need less of it, I usually only do this during cold weather when the oil whips up like butter)
A word of advice. Freeze some of this dough in a log for slice and bake cookies. These cookies don’t last long, because, in my opinion, they are addictive. Also, they keep really well after baking, but seriously, who doesn’t love a freshly baked cookie more?
A few weeks ago I was having issues with a low milk supply. I found that I was able to increase my lactation output significantly with several things. Any one of them may have helped, but I think it was the combination of efforts that really put us back in the game. Eating cookies is probably my favorite. The other things I did to increase my supply were drinking Fenugreek teas, having a beer or a glass of wine before bed (after putting the baby down for the night), eating oatmeal in the morning, drinking lots and lots of water and pumping several times throughout the day to stimulate a higher demand. I encourage any nursing mother who is having problems with her supply to consult a lactation consultant or her doctor for their advice.
*Valid – babies need milk, mommies sometimes need help making it, if the ingredients somehow help induce the body to produce more milk why not put them in a tasty cookie vehicle? Besides – what goes together better than cookies and milk? not much.