Gluten free lactation cookies

Snacking is serious business when it comes to breastfeeding and these gluten free lactation cookies are a wonderful way to make that job a bit easier. They are loaded with fantastic ingredients that will curb your hunger and keep you feeling energised. Most importantly- they are delicious. 

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I have a long relationship with breastfeeding- later this year ill hit the 9 year mark and one of the things I wish I knew before having babies? I wish I knew how hungry id be all the time. Hungry, and also unable to make all the food I wanted and needed. 

Gluten free lactation cookies

Gluten free lactation cookies Oftentimes this would mean I snacked on not much else than dark chocolate- and while I have no issues with how delicious that is, dark chocolate was hardly meeting my nutritional needs. 

I mean, neither are these cookies (real food meals are going to do that) BUT a lactation cookie is just the perfect thing to make yourself or for a friend who is inundated with little baby love. Lactation cookies means less time thinking about what to snack on and more time snuggling that baby or sleeping. 

Plus, these delicious lactation cookies are flourless, gluten free, soy free and easily made dairy free. 

Gluten free lactation cookies

Gluten free lactation cookies

So, here’s what you’ll need! 

Ingredients 

  • Butter– butter is truely an original superfood and is packed full of fat soluble vitamins, and its one of my favourite ingredients ever. Butter is also DELICIOUS. If you can’t do dairy though coconut oil will work. 
  • Eggs– whole food perfection. Proteins, fats and vitamins plus eggs helps the cookie hold together well. 
  • Coconut sugar– we use a full cup of coconut sugar in these cookies because breastfeeding is a great time for more calories. Of course you can reduce this (I trialled with 1/2 cup and they taste great but where softer texture), or I have had people make these with a granulated sugar alternative and it has been successful. 
  • Flax seeds– an integral part of any lactation cookie as the phytoestrogens are said to help with milk supply. You can use whole flax seeds (and grind them) or buy a flax seed meal like this one. 
  • Brewers yeast- added for B vitamins, but if you’re on any medications you should check with your doctor first for interactions. Brewers yeast could be swapped for bee pollen too, but only use 1 Tbsp. 
  • Almond meal- I used almond meal over plain flour to make these both gluten free and flourless. Sunflower meal would work too for a nut-free option. 
  • Rolled oats (certified GF if needed)-  there are supposed benefits to adding oats into a lactation cookie but for me, they add an important taste and texture. They make them chewy filling and wholesome. Choose these certified GF oats if needed
  • Collagen powder . I used Active cycle collagen for this recipe, for a Mothers Day campaign over on Instagram. Their collagen is beautifully flavoured with vanilla and makes these lactation cookies extra delicious. Active collagen is an Australian made collagen that contains vanilla, vitamin C and biotin and can be found here
  • Baking soda, cinnamon, salt
  • Chocolate chips. Choose whichever you like but I do love these here! 
  • Frozen raspberries. It is best to use frozen berries in this recipe to make it easier to fold them through. 

Gluten free lactation cookies

Gluten free lactation cookies Tips for making the best gluten free lactation cookies 

  • Stick with raspberries! I tried this recipe with other berries (I tried a blueberry macadamia version) and whilst they were yummy, I found etc excess moisture made them go soft. Stick with the recommended amount of raspberries fro crisp cookies.
  • Store them on a plate with a tea towel on top. Do not pop them into an enclosed container and you will be rewarded with lactation cookies that stay crisper for longer. 

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I hope you enjoy these gluten free lactation cookies as much as we do! if you make them, we would love to hear from you below- your comments and reviews help others find this recipe too. 

Gluten free lactation cookies

Gluten free lactation cookies

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Gluten free lactation cookies

Lactation cookies

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  • Author: Panaceas Pantry
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Australian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Snacking is serious business when it comes to breastfeeding and these gluten free lactation cookies are a wonderful way to make that job a bit easier. They are loaded with fantastic ingredients that will curb your hunger and keep you feeling energised. Most importantly- they are delicious.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 125 / ½ cup butter, melted and cooled (swap for coconut oil if dairy free)
  • 1 egg, at room temp
  • 130170 / 3/4-1 cup coconut sugar
  • 36g / 3 T flax seeds, ground
  • 2 Tbsp brewers yeast
  • 240g / 2 cups almond meal
  • 135g / 1 ½ cups rolled oats (certified GF if needed)
  • 50g  / ½ cup collagen powder (see notes)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 85g / ½ cup choc chips
  • 60g / ½ cup frozen raspberries (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Line 2 x baking trays and set aside.
  2. Into a large mixing bowl add the melted butter, egg, sugar and flax seeds. Whisk together until thick and uniform.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients except the raspberries and choc chips. Mix well, using your hands if needed. The mix will seem dry at first but keep kneading it together- it will come together.
  4. Once a dough has formed gently fold through choc chips and raspberries. Take approx 2 Tbsp worth of dough (50g) and squeeze/roll into a ball. Flatten slightly into a disc, and place on prepared tray. Repeat, spacing 6 cookies per tray. They will spread!
  5. Bake each tray for approx 15 minutes (mine are perfect at 15, but your oven may be different). Remove from oven. If cookies have spread a little unevenly you can press the outer edges to make them look round again- but do it straight away. Allow cookies to cool for 20 mins on tray, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note- if you want to bake multiple trays at once, swap trays at the 6 minute mark.


Notes

  • I used this collagen here, which has vanilla in there. If you use a different brand the is unflavoured I would add 2 too vanilla to these cookies.
  • If you add more raspberries, or a different type of berry, beware that it may cause your cookies to become soft.
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