Makes 5 dozen cookies - an excellent make-ahead food to prepare for while waiting for baby. Freeze 2/3 of the cookies in ziplock baggies, and they are there to grab whenever you are desperate for a meal, whether it's breakfast, a missed dinner, or middle of the night breastfeeding munchies. These cookies are delicious, and full of nutrients your body needs to heal and feed a growing baby!        

xo Sarah Vine, Glow Doula

Ingredients

  • 2 c oats 
  • 1 1/4 c whole wheat flour 
  • 1 c high fiber cereal (any sort! I used this Trader Joe's kind last) 
  • 1/2 c wheat germ 
  • 1/2 c oat bran 
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1/4 c seeds - can be sesame, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, flax, chia 
  • 1 c butter, room temperature (or coconut oil) 
  • 1 c applesauce 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2/3 c brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla 
  • 1 c chopped almonds and walnuts 
  • 1 c rasins or cranberries, 
  • 1 c chopped dates 
  • 1 c dark chocolate chunks

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie pans with baking paper. Combine all dry ingredients. 
  • Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. 
  • Add dry ingredients a bit at a time, until mixed. 
  • Stir in nuts, rasins or cranberries, dates and chocolate bits. 
  • Form golf ball sized cookies, flatten onto cookie sheets 1 inch apart. Bake 13/15 minutes, cool, enjoy!

Benefits

  • Oats and oat bran - iron, also known to increase lactation 
  • Wheat germ - vitamin E, zinc, B vitamin folate 
  • High fiber bran cereal - good digestion regulation 
  • Seeds and nuts - good sources of essential DHA fats important for infant (and mother) brain development 
  • Walnuts - omega 3, calcium, iron, vitamin B6 
  • Almonds - increase milk production 
  • Dates, raisins and cranberries - iron, carbohydrates, potassium, help regulate the gut. 
  • Dark chocolate - makes you happy! And that is always a good thing.