I have breastfed four babies, and let me tell you, it’s been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. There is something so calming about nuzzling your babe as they have a snack — except when your milk supply takes a dip. That can cause lots of anxiety! It happens to everyone and can be related to diet (not getting enough of the right kinds of food), dehydration, stress, and other factors.
But, it can be remedied!
There are supplements, teas, certain foods, and COOKIES! I have made many batches of lactation cookies, but let’s be real here, everyone loves the DOUGH! So, I decided to come up with a great dough recipe that doesn’t need to be baked. Go ahead, eat all the lactation cookie dough, I give you permission.
The lactogenic goodies in this recipe are: almond butter and flour, brewers yeast, and fennel seed
Note: there is one ingredient that I have in my Lactogenic Smoothie Recipe that has been shown to increase milk supply, but adding it might turn the cookie dough a green color. For that reason, I left it out of this recipe (the photos would have looked funny, lol!). But, you can also add Moringa into these bites to give them a boost. I use THIS POWDER.
Lactation Cookie Dough Bites
If you're breastfeeding and need a boost in your milk supply, try these delicious lactation cookie dough bites.
- 1 cup creamy almond butter
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup brewers yeast
- 2 Tbsps raw honey
- 1 Tbsp ground fennel seed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Stir with a spoon at first, then use your hands to mix it really well.
3. Roll the dough into 1.5" balls, or whatever size you like.
4. Place them on a baking sheet and freeze them, this makes them easier to put into a bag for storage (so they don't just mush together into a big dough ball again).
5. Once frozen, put into a large freezer bag and keep in the freezer.
6. Enjoy as needed. I don't eat them every day, just when my milk supply takes a dip I will take out a few to munch on.
7. You certainly can store in an airtight container in the fridge, but they won't last as long that way.
8. It will be individual to how many you need to eat to increase your milk supply, everyone is different. I would start with 2-3 and see how it works for you and then adjust from there.
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41 Replies to “Lactation Cookie Dough Bites”
Hi, I found this on Pinterest. I’m wondering if I can sub out almond flour?
I was wondering the same…my husband has a tree nut allergy…what would be a good sub for the almond butter and flour? He CAN have peanuts (we dont keep allergins in the house
Hi Angela, you could sub cashew butter and coconut flour if he tolerates those. But, these are lactation cookies so, there’s that 😉
I tried these and I used peanut butter and whole wheat flour and this was the nastiest thing I have ever put in my mouth. I want to try the way the recipe calls for but I’m afraid to now. It was so bitter from the yeast.
Whole wheat flour is gonna taste weird raw. Almond flour won’t.
Hi . I think your recepie looks devine!! . But id like to know …do i really have to go though all that to produce more breast milk or could i just eat almond nut n drink almond milk… Because i see that as the main factor of producing breast milk…
You can just eat the almonds if you want, but I prefer the cookie dough treat. Plus, the other ingredients help with milk production.
Can I leave the fennel seeds out next time? It kinda tasted like I was eating pizza cookie dough :/
Sure! Fennel is just another great milk producer. You can make it however you prefer 🙂
Just made these yesterday and love the taste and have already noticed improved supply! Any idea of the calorie count of these?
Great that they are working for you and that you are enjoying them! I am not sure of the calorie count. I think there are some online calorie calculators you could try
I JUST MADE THEM AND THEY ARE THE NASTIEST THING ….I EVEN COVERD THEM IN CHOCOLATE BUT i THINK IS THE YEAST THATS HAS A WERID NASTY TASTE. ANYWAYS ANYTHING FOR MY LO AND TO INCREESE MILK. ! THANKS I WILL BE SWALLOWING THEM
I FORGOT TO ADD THE VANILLA, MAYBE THAT WOULD IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Do you really mean fennel, or do you actually mean fenugreek?
I mean fennel. You can also use fenugreek, it increases milk supply too 🙂
So I made your recipe, exactly as you indicated and I only got 8 roled dough balls…? 🙁
Hmm, maybe yours were bigger than mine
I’m about to give birth to my second daughter next month and would like to give this a try since with my eldest I struggled with producing breastmilk. I was wonderimg how does this taste like, and I read that you can combine brewers yeast and flaxseed for milk production. Can I use that rather than flannel?
Yes you can use brewers yeast and flax instead of fennel
Does the brewers yeast still work if these are frozen? With yeast, I thought it always had to be a certain temp to work ….?
I’m not sure on that one. There are so many lactogenic ingredients in these that they still work.
Wow! This is the first lactation recipe that I’ve actually gotten results from! Not sure what exactly did it or if it was a combo, but I’m so glad to have found this recipe! I did make a few modifications though:
– added moringa as suggested (1/3 cup)
– added approx 1 cup of oats
– added 1 tbsp of flax seed
– used a little extra honey, almond butter and vanilla to help bind it.
Made this way they don’t taste amazing, but aren’t horrible, which is good for me so I don’t eat a ton at one time! I did notice the first day when I ate 4 I was a little gassy and my LO was fussy later that night so wondering if he was gassy too. I backed off and had one after every meal and that seemed to be fine for both of us. I read that moringa can cause this.
Thanks again for the recipe!
Glad you liked them Amy!
Could I use fennel essential oil from doterra instead of fennel flour? DoTerra oils are safe to eat. Just wondering if the dry ingredients ratio would be off?
I have not tried it with DT oils, but you can give it a try! Might need to add in a little more of the dry ingredients
The almond flour I use says on the back “do not consume raw flour”. I used oatmeal instead of flour.
I have never seen that warning before!
Hmm… wondering if I could use peanut butter and regular flour instead. And I’m not too fond of the taste of fennel 🙁
You could definitely try. Yeah the flavor of fennel is not my favorite either, but it works!
Great recipe Kate! Some people above have unrealistic expectations that these should taste like Pillsbury…
Glad you liked them 🙂
Hey Kate! How long are these freezable for? I’m currently pregnant with our second child and want to bulk up my freezer snacks and meals ahead of time 🙂
months, I would say up to 5