Nadia Lim's breastfeeding cookies

3:10 pm on 3 May 2019
Nadia Lim's Breastfeeding Cookies

Nadia Lim's Breastfeeding Cookies Photo: Supplied/

Makes 18-20 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cooks in: 12-14 minutes

Nadia Lim: Oats, fennel, brewers yeast and flax seed are all considered to be galactologues - in other words, substances that promote lactation in animals and humans. So, when I was a new breastfeeding mum, I created a recipe using all these ingredients in a cookie!

They're the perfect snack for when you're up at night breastfeeding

Brewers yeast can be found in the health food section of the supermarket, or a health food specialty store.

*To make dairy-free: use coconut oil instead of butter if you are avoiding dairy


  •     2 ¼ cups rolled oats (make sure you use fine rolled oats, not the large jumbo rolled oats)
  •     ½ cup, firmly-packed brown sugar
  •     1-2 tablespoons brewers yeast/savoury yeast flakes 
  •     2 tablespoons ground flax seed or LSA 
  •     good pinch salt 
  •     1 tablespoon fennel seeds, lightly toasted and ground*
  •     1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •     100g butter, melted (or coconut oil for dairy-free)
  •     1 free-range egg 


Preheat oven to 180degC. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together until well combined.

2. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on prepared baking tray, evenly spaced apart. Use a fork to gently flatten cookies.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until light golden.

Leave cookies to cool.

Enjoy a couple with a glass of milk! They will keep for up to a week in an airtight container, or can be frozen.

*Place fennel seeds in a fry pan and toast on medium heat for a few minutes until light golden and fragrant. Finely crush/grind in a mortar and pestle.


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