So this is a markedly different post than most of my other personal finance posts, but I figure a little DIY action in the kitchen is a great way to reduce expenses. Plus, this explains why I have been out of action on the blogosphere:
So my wife and I have had a new addition to the family. As with many mothers, she was interested in breastfeeding. The first time around was less than positive and she really fought to maintain an adequate milk supply.
This time around we researched some additional way to increase her milk supply naturally. From there we modified some recipes online and came up with this recipe. The oatmeal helps with increasing supply, the flax seed, coconut oil, and walnut help to increase the quality of the supply (increased fat to water ratio). The rest is to make it taste good. You can also consider substituting brewer’s yeast (may increase supply) for the baking soda. We opted not to try this because of the GI issues.
When comparing this to lactation cookies that go for $1.99 a cookie, we have saved well over a hundred dollars over the month buying baking supplies at Costco and Aldi’s. Her milk supply has been much better this time around as well so we are also saving on not having to supplement formula. Someday I’ll do the math, but for now here is the recipe. Feel free to share it!
1 cup coconut oil (cold pressed, virgin)
3/4 cup brown sugar (can decrease to 1/2 cup if you do not want it as sweet).
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons flaxseed flour
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cup oatmeal
1 cup chocolate
1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
1/2 cup walnut or other nut (optional)
Note: if you want a thicker recipe you can add the following:
1 tablespoon of milk
1 tablespoon of whey protein
- Cream together coconut oil, butter, and sugar in a bowl, then mix in vanilla (this is where you can also add the milk, whey protein, and egg).
- Add flour, wheat germ, and flaxseed flour and mix well.
- Mix together baking soda and water, and then add to the batter.
- Stir in the oats, dried cranberries, nuts, and chocolate chips.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet (no need to grease it) or cook as a single sheet (brownie pan), and bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes.