Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Jada Glover
As a new mom, your body is recovering from delivery. Yet, you want to establish the best milk supply for your baby. Meanwhile, you may experience cravings for sweet snacks.
The good news is that these delicious lactation brownie recipes never leave you feeling guilty.
What is a Lactation Brownie?
Lactation brownies are little bites of deliciousness that include lactogenic ingredients.
In other words, a lactation brownie provides a nursing mother with a snack that helps boost her milk supply.
What could be better than that?
What Are Lactogenic Ingredients?
Lactogenic, galactagogues, or as some refer to them, magic ingredients, are foods that naturally give breast milk a boost.
Some of the key ingredients used in Lactation brownie recipes include the following:
Flaxseed – Contains alpha-linolenic acid ALA and phytoestrogens that help boost milk supply. Flaxseed also provides a nutrient-dense food option packed with Omega-3.
Brewer’s Yeast – Brewer’s yeast is one of the lactation superfoods. Please don’t let the brew part fool you. It contains no alcohol. It provides protein, zinc, iron, Vitamin B, magnesium, and potassium. The nutrients in Brewer’s Yeast also help fight postpartum blues.
Coconut Milk – Coconut milk provides excellent hydration to help in milk production.
Oatmeal – Oatmeal is among the superfoods for breastfeeding mothers. Oats are high in iron which many claim increases milk production.
Foods made with lactation recipes work great to increase breast milk production. Snacks like lactation cookies, smoothies, or brownies satisfy your craving while boosting your milk supply. Of course, the secret is to eat well-balanced meals with healthy snacks.
Lactation Brownie Recipes
Following are some of the best easy and delicious lactation brownie recipes for the new mama.
Enjoy these scrumptiously delicious brownie recipes to help establish and sustain breastmilk production.
I have included three options the original lactation brownie, a Paleo option, and a Keto-friendly recipe. Also, feel free to add additional lactation-supporting ingredients like crushed almonds to top them off.
Original Lactation Brownies Recipe
The oats in the oat flour and brewer’s yeast turn this delectable dessert treat into a milk-producing powerhouse.
Note: Use ready-made oat flour, or make your oat flour by blending oats in a blender or food processor. One cup of rolled oats makes about ¾ cup of oat flour.
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 cup brewer’s yeast
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon avocado or melted coconut oil
- 1 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon all-natural vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
- In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, avocado oil, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla extract
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir
- Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper
- Pour brownie batter into the pan
- Bake brownies at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes
Paleo Lactation Brownies
A paleo diet typically consists of lean meats, fish, low-glycemic fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
- 3 mashed bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup almond milk or oat milk
- 1 cup unsweetened almond butter
- ½ cup melted coconut or avocado oil
- ½ cup honey and ½ cup coconut sugar or 1 cup natural maple syrup
- 1/3 cup unsweetened, natural cocoa powder
- 1 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup brewer’s yeast
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Stir or mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Pour into a greased or parchment paper-lined 7×10 baking pan
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Keto-Friendly Lactation Brownies
A ketogenic diet consists of high fat, adequate protein, and low carbohydrates to force the body to burn fats instead of carbs. A keto diet includes foods such as fish, meat, poultry, non-starchy veggies such as bell peppers, broccoli, and zucchini, avocados, berries, nuts and seeds, eggs, high-fat dairy products, olive oil, and high-cocoa chocolate.
The main ingredients that make these Keto-friendly are flaxseed and Brewer’s yeast. This quick recipe only takes 3 minutes total time from start to finish.
- 1 Tablespoon melted butter or a Vegan alternative
- 2 Tablespoons almond flour
- 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 3 Tablespoons natural maple syrup, honey, or monk fruit sweetener
- 1 ½ Tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon Brewer’s Yeast
- ½ Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream, or substitute coconut cream or almond milk
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tablespoons dark Chocolate Chips
Note: Substitute the butter for Greek yogurt, coconut oil, or avocado.
- Put all of the dry ingredients into an 8 oz. Or larger coffee cup or mug
- Add almond milk and the egg
- Stir well
- Mix in 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips
- Put in microwave for 90 to 120 seconds
- Top with an additional 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips or almonds
When Will I Notice My Milk Supply Increase?
Some claim they noticed a boost in milk supply immediately after eating a lactation brownie. Others say an increase happens the next day.
If you need more help with increasing your milk supply fast, check out my e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Increasing Milk Supply. It is full of helpful resources, including supplements, that will give you a quick boost!
How Many Lactation Brownies In a Serving?
A nursing mother burns 20 calories for every ounce of milk she expresses. Studies show that breastfeeding moms need an extra 300 to 500 calories daily. So, no need to feel guilty about eating a lactation brownie.
Of course, never overdo it. Start with one brownie a day.
Moderation is the key to a healthy diet. Too much brewer’s yeast could cause gas, bloating, or headaches. Too much chocolate could give the baby gas and cause fussiness.
Will the Chocolate Harm My Baby?
Some worry that the chocolate in brownies contains caffeine and ingredients that cause gas in your nursing infant.
Cocoa powder contains about 12 milligrams of caffeine per tablespoon. This amount equals about an eighth of the amount in an 8-ounce cup of coffee.
Prepare and Store Brownies
Some mothers start eating lactation foods about one to two weeks before delivery to help establish their milk supply.
Store cooled brownies in an air-tight container at room temperature for two to three days or in a freezer bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Freeze lactation brownies for up to three months. So, prepare some before the baby is born to have a large freezer stash ready and on hand when you need them.
Can I Use a Regular Brownie Mix?
Some use a brownie mix for regular brownies to speed up the process. However, you must provide your body with the best nutrients and healthy ingredients since what you eat converts into breast milk for your baby. A box mix may offer convenience but comes packed with unnecessary preservatives or sugars.
It’s just as easy to find ingredients from lactation brownie recipes to make some yourself. That way, you are confident about what you are eating.
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