Recipe: Chocolate Chip and Flaxseed Meal Cookies For Breastfeeding Mums

Flaxseed meal is high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which aids in the formation of better quality breastmilk, while rolled oats can be used to prevent cardiovascular diseases and is a healthy low-sodium alternative to breadcrumbs.

Chef Joseph Yeo, Bosch Partner Chef, shares how you can make cookies that will help with your breastmilk flow. “Becoming a new mum doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up on all your favourite treats. A few tweaks can help create a healthy balance that satisfies you without feeling deprived.”

Makes: 40 cookies
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes

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Ingredients:
2 tbsp. Flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed)
4 tbsp. Water
170g Flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
A pinch Fine salt
230g Butter
180g Sugar
100g Brown sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla essence
250g Rolled oats
80g Chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Soak flaxseed meal in room-temperature water for about 5 minutes, then drain.

2. Preheat oven with the top-bottom heat function at 180ÆC.

3. Meanwhile, sift flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

4. Using a whisk or a kitchen machine mixer, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar, until combined and creamy.

5. Add eggs, flaxseed meal, vanilla essence and sifted dry ingredients one by one, mixing well after each addition.

6. Fold in oats and chocolate chips.

7. Line a baking tray with a baking sheet. Using a tablespoon, scoop the mixture onto the tray, leaving a 2cm gap between cookies. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes.

8. Cool cookies completely before serving and storing.

TIP: Can’t find flaxseed? Use fenugreek seeds instead – they contain diosgenin, which is said to help in breast milk production, as well as magnesium and vitamins, which are said to help improve breast milk quality. Fenugreek also reportedly has anti-inflammatory properties to promote heart health.

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