Paleo Raw Cookie Dough Lactation Balls

Monday, April 21, 2014 Alanna Figueira 10 Comments

Before I start ranting about breastfeeding, there is a version of paleo raw cookie dough balls here,  for all of you not lactating!  

I've been sort of obsessed with breastfeeding ever since I became pregnant with my son.  It's weird because I didn't even know that I was breastfed and I knew nothing about it at all until I met my midwife.  One of her requirements for homebirth was La Leche League meetings.  Um, brilliant.  I'd never even heard of this group.  I fell in love with the concept and the women I met.  What an absolutely beautiful idea. Every woman should be invited to attend LLL during her pregnancy.  I read most of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding while I was pregnant and attended monthly meetings and was absolutely in love with the whole idea of a group of women getting together to altruistically support one another.  I kept going until my son was almost 1 year old and I keep in touch with the group via email and Facebook.  My group leader was one of the most empowering women I've ever met.  I think without LLL  I'd have a totally different breastfeeding experience.  I think breastfeeding is natural and absolutely beautiful.  I am all for normalizing breastfeeding and I encourage nursing in public to meet you and your nurslings comfort.  I'm going to start this out by saying I'm not a doctor, lactation consultant or registered dietitian.  This is only my personal experience with breastfeeding and food.  

You don't need oats to up your supply, seriously.  I've tried.  The only thing that actually increased my supply and fat content of my milk was whole30.  You can read more about me here 

So it turns out both my sister and I were in fact breastfed for at least 2 years.  I didn't learn this until I had my son!  Interesting, I think.  My breastfeeding experience with my son is what instinctually led me to attachment parenting.  It was all that felt right to me.  He never slept in a bassinet or crib.  I wouldn't have it any other way. He's the most independent extrovert of a child I've ever met today.  My breastfeeding relationship with both of my children has created an unbreakable bond between us that I wouldn't trade for the world.  I digress. Where the cookies at, I know. 

I'm positive that the number 1 reason that women fail at breastfeeding in America is lack of support.  The pediatricians are uneducated in lactation and they are, in most cases, the primary source of information for new mothers.  They freak new mothers out with their growth charts/child rubrics.  In my opinion, focus on the behavior, satisfaction after feeding and overall mood of your baby rather than a growth chart.  So what I mean is, first really determine whether or not you actually have a supply issue.  Get to know when growth spurts and sleep regression patterns are common.  A baby having a growth spurt will seem hungry, fussy and cluster feed round the clock.  This is just your body's way of upping your supply!  

I'm not going to get into the benefits of breastfeeding.  There is no replacement for breastmilk, not even human breastmilk of another mother.  Mother and child are like enzyme substrate complexes- there is energy involved and each mother's milk is designed exclusively for her nursing baby.  That's not to say there is no benefit of tandem nursing and human milk will always be a better substitute than formula, the nutrients are there- the fat, the protein, vitamins..... But the antibodies and energy is not.  Somebody stop me.

Okay,  these no bake lactation raw cookie dough balls are a variation of my paleo raw cookie dough balls.  What makes them "lactation inducing" is the flax meal and brewers yeast.  Is brewers yeast paleo?  I don't know.  You can skip it and it won't make any difference in the recipe. You won't taste it at all in the cookies. It's completely hidden.  I'm not interested in debating the paleo-ness of brewers yeast, you have to use your own discretion but I will say one thing.  If it came to my milk supply or breaking paleo laws, I'm going to break every last one. My breastmilk supply is more important to me than whether or not I'm breaking paleo rules and I am okay with brewers yeast while nursing.  It is a nonliving dried yeast and is packed with bioavailable B vitamins, minerals like chromium, and protein. I have no reaction to it and neither do my nursing children. Your choice. Get a Brewers Yeast that is 100% pure Brewers Yeast, no added crap like this one 

 I don't use fenugreek and I don't recommend fenugreek because many babies, like mine, are sensitive to it and it will only worsen your problems.  Fenugreek can make sensitive babies gassy, irritable and worst case scenario inconsolable.  Like my kids.  I pumped to go to school with my son and after those first few months of oversupply,my supply was fine but I wasn't able to pump so I tried fenugreek.  He screamed his face off.  Same reaction with my daughter, which made me positive it was the fenugreek .  It also made my stomach ache, which I could handle, but obviously is a symptom to be addressed. 

The fat in the coconut oil and protien in the almond flour and nut butter is great for keeping calories up in a healthy way. And it won't make you gain weight.  I promise!  

These are absolutely delicious.  They are salty and chocolatey and amazing.  I can't keep them away from the rest of my family, and they're perfectly safe for kids and non-lactating friends! Store them in the refrigerator, they will get really hard and awesome.  They're a great grab snack.  I get ravenous when I'm breastfeeding.  Like all of a sudden I might eat you.  I always have stuff like this in the fridge to grab. You can make bars out of the dough or even mold them in silicone molds.  I usually just make small balls that are one bite.  

The balls are real simple to make, just mix it all up, refrigerate for awhile then roll them out.  They aren't beautiful, but if you want them to look nice for a gift you can roll them in coconut flakes or cocao.  They will last weeks in the fridge, but trust me you'll eat them before that!  Feel free to substitute butter for coconut oil.  I love butter and my nurslings have no reaction to it,, and they are really sensitive to diary proteins.  I use raw grassed butter every day with no issues.  I use EnjoyLife because they are dairy/soy/gluten free.  

I hope these help.  Please let me know what you think! 

*Makes about 20 small balls

1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup almond flour or meal
1/2 cup coconut oil or grassfed butter, melted
2 Tbsp cashew butter
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup EnjoyLife chips 
2 Tbsp brewers yeast *optional 


1.  In a small bowl combine the flaxseed meal, almond flour, coconut sugar, sea salt and brewers yeast.  Mix to combine.

2.  Melt your coconut oil or butter in a small pan.

3.  Mix the vanilla into the coconut oil or butter.  

4.  Pour the melted coconut oil or butter into the dry ingredients bowl.  

5.  Mix to combine.

6.  Add the cashew butter.  You may need to use your hands to mix it all up.

7.  Add the chocolate chips last and mix it all up.

8.  Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes or until it is hard enough to roll into balls.  

9.  Roll balls, refrigerate for an hour or so to harden.  Enjoy!  Keep these refrigerated.  

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  2. Is brewer's yeast safe if you are dealing with yeast while breast feeding?

  3. Hey! Love this and can't wait to try them! I'm pretty paleo (occasional full-fat dairy), and my little one is 7 months old. Started exercising (long overdue), and my supply has dipped, so I'm really excited to try the BY in these! Quick you think I could sub honey for the coconut sugar? Or would they be too runny?

  4. Doing the Whole30 (on day 3) with my 4 weeks old EBF second baby and having a dip in supply! Would these still be good if I omit the coconut sugar and made my own chocolate chips (just cocoa and coconut oil)? Trying to get healthy but don't want to give up breastfeeding, so keeping the brewers yeast!

    1. If you omit the coconut sugar, vanilla, and chips then all ingredients would be whole30 compliant.  They will probably be bitter though, and not so good! You can buy brewers yeast tablets that work just as well.

  5. Wondering if Brewers yeast is ok with celiac disease or gluten intolerance? Thanks :)

  6. Super excited to try this! I am having a dip in supply with going back to work and have had to supplement which I dislike doing. With this and mothers milk tea I'm hope to up my supply and then some!

  7. Super excited to try this! I am having a dip in supply with going back to work and have had to supplement which I dislike doing. With this and mothers milk tea I'm hope to up my supply and then some!

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