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The Best Lactation Cookies (for nursing mamas!)

The best lactation cookies for nursing mamas! These delicious vegan and gluten free lactation cookies are packed with nutrients from oats, flax and brewer's yeast that are great for boosting milk supply. Plus, they taste just like your favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! This lactation cookie recipe is the perfect treat for new moms and anyone looking for a healthy cookie.

Course Cookies, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Snack, Vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free lactation cookies, lactation cookie recipe, the best lactation cookies, vegan lactation cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 171 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups oat flour, gluten free if desired*
  • ¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if desired
  • ¼ cup brewer’s yeast** (get the debittered kind if possible)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips, dairy free if desired
  • Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling the tops of the cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flaxseed meal and water; let it sit for 5 minutes while you get all your other ingredients ready.
  3. After 5 minutes the ‘flaxegg’ will be ready and you can add in the coconut sugar, melted and cooled coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the bowl; whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  4. Next add in the oat flour, rolled oats, brewer’s yeast, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Use a medium cookie scoop and place dough on a prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. You should get about 20 cookies. If you want thicker cookies, leave as is. If you want slightly thinner cookies, very gently push ONLY the top of the cookie down a bit. Don’t over flatten.

  6. Bake cookies for 10-13 minutes until edges are just slightly golden brown around the edges. Once cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle the tops with fancy sea salt.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10-15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Leaving them on the baking sheet will help them settle up, harden and hold together. Makes 20 cookies.

Recipe Notes

I've successfully also made these with almond flour instead of oat flour! Here's how to do it: use 1 2/3 cup fine blanched almond flour (instead of oat flour) and 1 cup of oats (instead of 3/4 cup oats). You'll need to bake these just a few minutes longer, and they'll be softer, but they will be delicious!

How to make these without brewer's yeast: instead of brewer's yeast, feel free to use 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or 1/4 cup more oat flour.

How to make your own oat flour: you can easily make your own gluten free oat flour by simply placing gluten free oats into a blender and blending/pulsing until they’re smooth and resemble a fine flour, then measure out the amount called for in the recipe.

*If you like thinner cookies, use 1 ½ cups of oat flour instead of 1 ⅔ cups.

**Not all brewer's yeast is gluten free, so be sure to look for a kind that is certified GF if that's something you desire.

To freeze them: check the full post for freezer instructions!

Nutrition Facts
The Best Lactation Cookies (for nursing mamas!)
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 71
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.9g12%
Saturated Fat 5.1g32%
Carbohydrates 23.9g8%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3.2g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.