The Best Lactation Cookies recipe. The most delicious oatmeal dairy-free lactation cookies that naturally boost milk production for nursing mamas.

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This healthy lactation cookies recipe has been years in the making!

I have been tweaking this recipe since my first daughter was born three years ago in 2018. The result of all these tweaks and tests is this BEST lactation cookies recipe.

They are the most delicious and satisfying oatmeal cookies, with a soft center, and lots of healthy ingredients. They are naturally dairy-free as well!

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Seriously though, these dairy-free breastfeeding cookies are GOOD. My husband loves them, my daughter loves them, and all the nursing mamas that I have given these to have loved them.

I have made a double batch of these prior to giving birth to both my my girls and lived off of them in the hospital.

The perk of these cookies is that they are great for the whole family.

My husband claims these are great for digestion and I claim they are good for nursing. (I’ve made them while nursing two babies and they have been great for me).

Basically, everyone wins when these cookies are around.

I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does!

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Ingredients needed to make the BEST lactation cookies:

  • rolled oats
  • all purpose flour
  • almond flour
  • baking soda
  • flaxseed meal
  • brewer’s yeast
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • egg
  • coconut sugar ( or maple sugar or brown sugar )
  • water
  • olive oil ( or vegetable or corn oil )
  • apple sauce
  • add-ins of choice- I like dairy-free chocolate and raisins

The flaxseed meal, brewer’s yeast, rolled oats, and almonds are the key lactation ingredients here.

Flaxseed meal has phytoestrogens that can have a positive influence on breast milk production. 

Brewer’s yeast is said to help with lactation because it is full of B vitamins, protein, iron and minerals which are beneficial to nursing mamas.

Rolled Oats are a great source of iron, which is said to help boost milk production.

Almond flour is full of protein and calcium, which is also great for nursing mamas.

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Dairy-free Lactation Cookies Ingredient tips:

Rolled Oats– For the rolled oats, you can use any kind of rolled oats that you want. My favorite combination for these cookies, though, is to use half one minute oats and half old fashioned rolled oats.

Oil– For the oil in this recipe, I always use olive oil. But I’ve use vegetable oil and corn oil as well and it works well.

Flaxseed meal– make sure that the flaxseed meal that you have is very ground up. If it is too chunky, it could affect the texture of the cookie.

How to make these Dairy-free Breastfeeding Cookies:

These cookies come together using 2 bowls.

In the first bowl, you mix together some of the dry ingredients, which includes the rolled oats, salt, flour, almond flour, baking soda, flaxseed meal, brewer’s yeast and cinnamon.

In the second bowl, you mix together the wet ingredients portion of the batter, which includes the vanilla, egg, coconut sugar, water, oil, and apple sauce.

Then, you pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until ALL of the batter is wet. Sometimes there is some hidden flour in the mix that hasn’t been mixed in, so make sure you get all of it.

Then add in your mix-ins. I like to use BOTH chocolate and raisins.

I’m a fan of oatmeal raisin lactation cookies, but I’m also a fan of oatmeal chocolate chip lactation cookies. SO I combine them and the combo is dreamy.

Lastly, you roll the batter into balls, flatten them a little with the back of a spoon and bake.

You can also just plop the dough onto the cookie sheet as well, it doesn’t have to be neatly rolled together.

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Dietary tweaks for this Healthy Lactation Cookies recipe:

Gluten-free option

To make these Gluten-free, just replace the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. Also, make sure your brewer’s yeast is gluten-free.

Dairy-free versions

These cookies are naturally dairy-free, which is great because my kids had dairy intolerances.

I personally use light olive oil here, but feel free to use any mild flavored oil of your choice. You could try coconut oil or avocado oil.

Other lactation recipes you may enjoy:

These No-bake Lactation Cookies from Texanerin. They are SO good!

Other oatmeal cookie recipes you may enjoy:

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF)

Gluten-Free Chia Oatmeal Cookies

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The Best Lactation Cookies (Dairy-free)

Servings: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
The Best Lactation Cookies recipe. The most delicious dairy-free oatmeal cookie recipe that naturally boosts milk production for nursing mamas.


  • 3 cups rolled oats, (I like using 1.5 cups of one minute oats and 1.5 cups of old fashioned rolled oats)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 Tbs flaxseed meal
  • 5 Tbs brewers yeast
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coconut sugar, (or maple sugar or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ¾ cup olive oil, (vegetable or corn oil work too)
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup mix-ins, ( chocolate chips or raisins)


  • Cover a cookie sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, add the rolled oats, salt, flour, almond flour, baking soda, flaxseed meal, brewers yeast and cinnamon together in one bowl. Mix.
  • In another large bowl, add the vanilla, egg, coconut sugar, water, olive oil, and apple sauce together. Mix until blended and the mixture thickens.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until all of the batter is wet. (Make sure there is no dry flour in the mixture)
  • Fold in your mix-ins. (Chocolate chips, raisins, or other mix-in of your choice). I personally like adding 1/2 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips.
  • Scoop golf ball sized spoonfuls of the batter onto the cookie sheet. ( I wet my hands and then roll the batter into balls in my hands before putting them onto the cookie sheet and pressing down on them lightly with the back of a spoon.)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. 10 minutes works perfect for me. Then, let the cookies sit on the pan for a few minutes before letting them cool on wire cooling racks. You can also just put them onto plate immediately as well.
  • This recipe yields 24-28 cookies.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free lactation cookies, lactation cookies