Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lactation Cookies

Today I decided to make some lactation (which I type as "lactaction" every. single. time.) cookies to try to increase again how much milk I make. I have gotten better since starting to take all the galactagogues I take (like 30 pills 3 times a day, no joke), so this is just another way to add more milk makin' power. I adapted the basic recipe to take into account my diabetes and the fact that I try to avoid AP flour as much as possible, and to cut back on the butter. This makes a huuuuuuuuuuge batch of cookies; I am going to bake half and freeze half because it's just a metric shitton of cookies. In baking today, I realized I really need new heavy duty cookie sheets....

1 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup of Splenda
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (I got it at Sunflower for the Tucsonans reading this)
4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almond meal
2 cups oat flour
4 heaping tablespoons brewer's yeast (Sunflower again)
4 teaspoons maca powder*
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups of oats (I used steel cut; would probably be better with rolled)
1 bag sugar-free chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Spices- I used a lot of cinnamon and ginger, since I love spicy cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350. Add flaxseed meal to water, let sit at least 3-5 minutes
2. Cream butter and Splenda 'til fluffy
3. Add applesauce and agave, let mix
4. Add flaxseed/water, eggs and vanilla, mix for a while
5. Sift together flours, brewer's yeast, maca, and baking soda
6. Add slowly to butter mixture
7. Add oats, one cup at a time.
8. Stir in chocolate chips, pecans, spices. You can add dried fruit, other nuts, whatever you want at this stage.
9. Spoon onto baking sheet. I used Pam baking spray first, but it doesn't call for any greasing. I just really like Pam baking spray. :)
10. Bake for 12 minutes or until brown around the edges.

So overall they are crunchy thanks to the steel cut oats but actually quite tasty. Next time I might add fenugreek so I can take less pills. I only baked two trays' full this time due to Cece nap constraints, but I have at least another half dozen trays' worth in the freezer ready for me to bake when I want to.

* maca doesn't contribute to making more milk but it's really good for general mental health, and with my anxiety issues, I find it's really helpful.

Tons of dough!

Unbaked cookies. I didn't know how much they'd spread (which turned out to be not at all) so I gave them a wide berth.


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