Banana Spice Lactation Cookies (AIP/Paleo)

Banana Spice Lactation Cookies (AIP/Paleo)

Now, before you panic and think that I am going to turn this site into yet another mommy blog, let me assure you that I won’t. That being said, there is a definite lack of information out there for pregnant and breastfeeding women with autoimmune diseases and I would like to start to help fill in that gap.

Before I gave birth I was very nervous about being able to establish a good milk supply and breastfeed successfully. I educated myself as much as I could and set up the support that I knew I would need but I was still nervous. One of the things that I was concerned about was the fact that I would be unable to eat a lot of the traditional “supply boosting” foods that are commonly recommended by other moms and care providers. These types of food include grains, oatmeal, nuts and seeds. These foods are called galactagogues, because they have properties that help boost milk supply and quality. However, the more I researched the more I realized that most of these types of foods tend to help milk supply in one of three ways: they contain phytoestrogens or some other hormone impacting component, they have a high micronutrient density (iron, calcium, potassium… ), or they provide a good boost of energy. Obviously, the autoimmune protocol diet is a very nutrient dense diet so chances are that if you are eating AIP and you don’t have any anatomical issues going on like insufficient breast tissue, or a lip or tongue tie, then you probably already have a great foundation for building a healthy milk supply. Personally, I have had no issues with my supply. That being said, I want to put other mom’s minds at ease knowing that there are lots of great AIP friendly foods out there that can help support them while breastfeeding. Here is an incomplete list to get you started:

  • Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens)
  • green papaya (this is the young unripe form of papaya, it can usually be found in Asian markets or international markets)
  • dates
  • red raspberry leaf
  • blackstrap molasses
  • turmeric
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • tigernuts
  • fennel leaf
  • fenugreek leaf
  • sweet potatoes
  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • nutritional yeast
  • water
  • coconut water
  • chicory
  • dandelion root
  • moringa leaf (don’t use if pregnant or trying to conceive)

Below I have made a yummy AIP friendly lactation cookie recipe that will be wonderful treat for yourself or a new mom friend who is in need of some breastfeeding support. The name of the game with these cookies was nutrient density, but they are pretty tasty too! great for enjoying with a cup of tea at 2am when your little one is going through a growth spurt… I may be speaking from experience there…

Banana Spice Lactation Cookies (AIP/Paleo)

Banana Spice Lactation Cookies (AIP/Paleo)

yields 1 dozen

Ingredients: 

1 cup of Tigernut Flour

¼ tsp of Sea Salt

¼ tsp of Baking Soda

2 TBS Collagen Powder

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Ground Ginger

¼ Cup of Nutritional Yeast

3 TBS Coconut Oil, melted

1 Medium Banana, Pureed

2 TBS Blackstrap Molasses

½ tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup of raisins

1 TBS organic African Moringa Leaf Powder (optional)

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine all of your dry ingredients and blend. Add in your coconut oil, banana puree, molasses, and vanilla and mix well. Finally, stir in your raisins. spoon batter onto a lined cookie sheet in 1 TBS sized balls. Gently flatten with your fingers. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow them to cool, store in the refrigerator.

 

4 thoughts on “Banana Spice Lactation Cookies (AIP/Paleo)

  1. Melane

    Thank you for this blog post! I’m 33 weeks pregnant and preparing to breastfeed. Is it okay to leave the nutritional yeast out or do you know if a brand that doesn’t contain folic acid? I cannot have folic acid due to MTHFR gene mutations. I can only have folate or methylfolate.

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