Amazing, Delicious, Gluten-Free Lactation Cookies

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When I was pumping, I did everything known to man to increase my supply because I was gifted with the life experience of having to exclusively pump for my daughter in order to breastfeed her. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the M+BL breastfeeding archives to learn about my daughter, Penelope, and my breastfeeding struggles and journey.

Eating lactation cookies was one of the perks of keeping my supply up, and this standard recipe I used to make is insanely good. Even though I am done breastfeeding Penelope, I wanted to come up with a healthier recipe that was gluten-free, since I am now mostly gluten and grain free.

I also wanted way less sugar, so I am ready to go for the next baby we have, if we are so lucky. And to have some in the freezer for some of my friends who are pregnant right now. They make the perfect accompaniment to a postpartum meal delivery of one of my slow cooker freezer recipes.

I used this recipe as inspiration to come up with my version below.  If you are wondering why I added prunes, it’s because they are high in iron, as are the almonds. That will not only increase your supply, but help you have fattier milk (since what you eat does matter when breastfeeding). Plus they add a little bit more natural sweetness to the cookies.


Gluten Free Lactation Cookies


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tablespoon anise seeds
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup mix of dates and prunes
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup or mix of both
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Grind seeds, almonds, dates, and prunes in a food processor
  2. Mix everything else together in a bowl
  3. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of batter and put on cookie sheet
  4. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes

This recipe yields 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on how big you like them, and they freeze very well. For increased digestion and absorption of nutrients, I highly recommend soaking all of the nut, seed and oat ingredients overnight prior to making these.

If you want to make these grain-free, simply omit the oatmeal.  They will be easier to digest and will still increase your supply and improve the quality of your milk.

For more information about how to make this recipe, check out my quick YouTube video.  If you like it, be sure to give a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel!

For more gluten-free/grain-free baking check out my cookbook for mamas who don’t know how to bake. 

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  1. YUM! Curious, where would I normally find fenugreek seeds? I’ve only found it in the pill form at the health food store.

  2. Thank you! Because as much as I love the other recipe, it does have alot of sugar. Thank you for all your posts about breastfeeding. I am currently nursing my 4month old. I worry about my supply when I have to pump at work. It’s only 2days a week. I drink mothers milk tea and take fenugreek capsules and eat lots of cookies!

  3. So excited to try these!! A couple of questions: when doing the soaking/dehydration step do you buy whole blanched almonds to make almond meal with then, soak, dyhaydrate and grind? Also am I correct to assume “1 tsp of powder” refers to baking powder? Thanks!

    • I buy raw almonds and then soak, dhydrate, grind. But you can buy already make almond meal, it’s just not soaked almonds.
      And yes, 1 tsp of baking powder, I need to change that, thanks!

  4. Hi I am just curious as to how these are gluten free if they contain oatmeal?
    I am looking at ways to increase my supply but as I can’t eat oats I am looking for alternitives!

  5. Thanks for the mention! Your recipe looks delicious! I’m a sucker for anise. :)

  6. This is such a fun thing to see! I used your first recipe with my third baby, and have taken them to several new mammas. It’s wonderful to see a g-free version! I’ve also been meaning to email/or comment to let you know how much your work has blessed my family and loved ones.

    Two sweet mammas in my area have faced crises (one is in the final stages of cancer, and one is facing her one year old’s surgery for his brain tumor). My church group used crock pot recipes from your site to make batches of freezer stocking meals for their families, and it was a HUGE blessing to have easy, nourishing, alllergy free meals at our fingertips to help love these families.

    I’ve also been busy with your new cook book stocking up my own family’s freezer in anticipation of our busy homeschooling year. Your work has made such a difference in our lives here, and just wanted to send you a big thanks for your work. Yay for using your gifts!!! Blessings – Angie

  7. Jessica M. says:

    I just made these and they are delicious! Thank you for all the breastfeeding encouragement! I am nursing my 8 month old but I had to exclusively pump for 2 months before he could go to the breast. Now I only pump at work 4 days a week and after he goes to bed (to make sure he has enough).

  8. I have used Brewers Yeast in the past to make lactation cookies. What is your take on adding this? Can I use almond flour instead of meal?

    I have been trying all your Back to School slow cooker recipes and absolutely love them! They are such a huge help as I work part time and have three girls under the age of 7. I am sharing your info with all the Mamas I know.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work.

    • Thanks so much Krista! Brewers yeast is fine, it’s just not a personal preference of mine and the other ingredients are much stronger /effective galactologues and nutrient dense.

  9. Hi Stephanie!
    Just wondering what’s the best way to soak the oatmeal and the fenugreek seeds? Is it ok not to use the anise seed? Expecting baby #2 in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait to try them, they sound delicious!

    • Soak them overnight in a glass bowl with warm water and some sort of acidic medium, like lemon juice, vinegar or whey (from raw milk-not the powdered stuff). Not sure what you are asking with the anise seed? Not ok when??

  10. Thank you so much for the recipe. I couldn’t find anise seed, so I added Blessed Thistle. The cookies are quite good. My question is how many should I be eating daily or weekly for optimum results, in your experience? Should I continue with fenugreek capsules as well?

  11. hello, can you freeze these cookies?

  12. Hi Stephanie,
    I have baby number #2 and she is 3 months old now.I loved your recipe and what to make them eggless.
    Please suggest me substitute for eggs ,as I am a vegetarian .As your recipe is very nutritious and can’t wait to make them soon.


  13. Please help me to find a recipes for my gluten-free lactation cookies and snacks and how to get my stomach to go down it is so large. I am breastfeeding my baby. Thank you

    • It takes a long time for your uterus to fully go back down, several years, so give your body some time to heal. Congrats on your new baby! If you want to work with me, I can help you get to the bottom of any extra weight you may be carrying that is not due to the size of your uterus.


  1. […]  If she feels there is a supply issue, I tell her how to help increase her milk by taking fenugreek, More Milk Plus, drinking a dark stout beer, drinking LOTS of water.  I even make her a batch of yummy lactation cookies. […]

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