“Nursing Mom” Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies



Today’s run: my typical mid-week 3 miles. I need to up my weekday mileage. ugh.

A friend of mine and his wife had a baby last week, so the girls and I went to visit (the girls were as equally interested in his two dogs and two cats as they were the baby….but they were well-behaved during the visit, so I can’t complain).

My friend’s wife is nursing. Not wanting to go empty-handed, I decided to make her some of my ‘nursing mom’ cookies, which combine two old wives’ tales regarding nursing: oatmeal and fenugreek are both supposed to help lactation. I’m not sure there’s any truth to either of these tales, but they make a nice excuse for some tasty cookies. (My mom swears that beer helps lactation, and I’ve heard plenty of others say the same – I’m sure it can’t hurt!) You can easily leave out the fenugreek if you aren’t making these for lactation purposes 😉 Fenugreek has a not-unpleasant maple-y flavor, but it has a slightly bitter, barely perceptible aftertaste that you may not want.

1 stick Earth Balance or other vegan margarine

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 generous tablespoon soy milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek (see note below re: availability and omitting this ingredient)

1 generous teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups flour

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

3/4 cup raisins

Method: Soften margarine in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. You don’t want it completely melted, just really, really soft, softer than it’ll ever get just from sitting on the counter (for a good description of why melty margarine makes for better, softer cookies, see www.loveveggiesandyoga.com. She has lots of other good ideas and recipes, too.)

Add the brown sugar, oil, vanilla, soy milk, and salt; mix really, really well until the mixture is light and a little fluffy. Add the spices, flour, oatmeal, and baking soda, stir until well mixed. Then add the raisins and stir until well incorporated. Drop a tablespoon or so of dough for each cookie onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until just lightly golden and top is no longer moist. To keep them soft, take them out before they are browned.

These are really yummy and are a nice treat for any friend, whether she’s a nursing mom or not.

When the 3-year old has reported back to various people about our trip to see the baby, she declares “They have 2 dogs – one big, one little. They have two cats. And one tiny baby.” That child loves animals (just like her mom and dad!).


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