The best choc-chip lactation cookies and overnight oats for breastfeeding moms

These make-ahead munchies will keep those breastfeeding pangs at bay and your milk flowing. By Margie Els-Burger and Nomvuselelo Mncube

Choc-chip lactation cookies

*Makes about 25


  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 125g soft butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 tbsp brewer’s yeast
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups oats
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine the flax and water and set aside.
  2. Beat together the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy. Stir in the flour, yeast, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cinnamon and flax mixture until combined. Fold in the oats and chocolate.
  3. Scoop 15ml balls onto trays lined with baking paper and flatten slightly. Bake for about 10 minutes until the edges are lightly brown. Cool on the tray. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

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Carrot cake overnight oats

*Serves 1


  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup carrot, grated
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp pecan nuts (optional)


Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

Top Tip:

Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, but you can also heat them in the microwave. They will last up to
five days in the fridge. Add more yoghurt before eating if thick.

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