Monday, January 5, 2015

Slap Yo' Mama Good Cookies

PB&J Bars
Just stopping in with a recipe this morning... but this is no run of the mill recipe this one is my own personal twist on lactation cookies and it is slap yo' mama delicious... my picky husband begs me to make these* weekly and our dogs will go to great lengths to get ahold of these mouthwatering bars!

Peanut Butter and Oat Lactation Bars
1 1/4 cups Unbleached flour
1 cups Whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups Old fashion oats
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking soda
3/4 tsp Baking powder
2 rounded tbsp. Brewer's Yeast (I buy the "debittered" at Vitamin Cottage)
1/3 cup Flaxseed meal
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. warm water
3/4 cup Coconut oil (I use refined as it doesn't taste like coconut)
2 firmly packed cups Brown Sugar
3/4 cups Peanut butter
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
- Grease a 9x13 pan (or use parchment paper to line it)
- Mix flaxseed meal and water together in a small bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes
- Combine flours, oats, baking soda, salt, baking powder and brewer's yeast in a large bowl
- Combine coconut oil and brown sugar in the bowl of a mixer and cream together, when they are well combined at in peanut butter, egg, vanilla and flax seed mixture
- Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet and only mix until combined
- The batter will be super thick, dump into the pan and press out flat with your hand
Bake for 25-35 minutes until it is lightly browned (baking time varies depending upon what you add in)
Let cool in pan and then cut into bars!
Enjoy 3 or more per day to boost milk production if breastfeeding!

Yummy add-ins
PB&J Bars - Follow the recipe above but divide the dough in half and pat only half of it into the bottom of the pan.  Next spread 1 1/2 cups of your favorite jam over the dough (if you heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds it is easy to spread)  then crumble the rest of the dough over the top without pressing down.  This variation takes the longest to bake! *These are the ones my family begs me for!
Chocolate Chip - simply sprinkle onto the batter before you press it into the pan... my favorite are the mini dairy free variety from Whole Foods, they just seem more chocolaty to me.
Dark Chocolate & Pecans - 1 cup of dark chocolate chips & 1/2 cup chopped pecans sprinkled onto the batter before you press it into the pan
Cranberry & White Chocolate - 1 cup of craisins & 1 cup of white chocolate chips (add in pecans too if you enjoy them)

NOTE TO HUSBANDS:  These will NOT make you lactate... they are just healthy and the combo of flax, oats and brewers yeast boosts the milk production of breastfeeding mamas!  The flax is awesome for your heart health with Omega-3s and brewer's yeast contains B vitamins and protein.