These Lactation Brownies are the easiest healthy brownies for new mums looking for a chocolate treat that boosts their milk supply.
Plus, these brownies are ready in less than 30 minutes and are also egg-free and dairy-free.
Breastfeeding makes you hungry but did you know that you can indulge in these brownies with no guilt?
Yes, these lactation brownies are packed with all the nutrients your breastmilk needs for baby and some important ingredients to stimulate your milk supply.
Most breastfeeding mums have low levels of proteins and iron, and some simple ingredients can help you fix that.
For example adding some of the following ingredients in your baked goods or in my lactation smoothie can help:
- Flax Meal
- Brewer’s Yeast
- Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
So in these lactation brownies, I combined all of the above and focused on healthier sugar options to keep this treat good for you.
What Are Lactation Brownies?
Lactation brownies are delicious treats for new mums trying to boost their breast milk supply. These brownies are packed with nutrient-dense ingredients that have been shown to support a better milk supply for babies.
The most common ingredients in lactation brownies are flaxseed meal, fenugreek, almond butter or any nut butter, and oats.
All these ingredients bring two critical things to mums, iron, and protein. Often the source of low breast milk supply.
How To Make Lactation Brownies
This is not your classic brownie recipe, but an healthy brownie recipe packed with all the healthy ingredients you need as a breastfeeding mum.
It’s also a simple brownie recipe, bring all the ingredients in the blend, blend 20 seconds and bake.
All you need to make this one bowl blender brownies are:
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats or quick oats.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Baking Powder
- Flaxseed Meal – Golden flax seeds ground into a powder.
- Brewer’s Yeast – This is not the same as nutritional yeast. Don’t swap one for the other, as nutritional yeast gives a cheesy flavor and you don’t want this in brownies.
- Peanut Butter or almond butter.
- Almond Milk or plant-based milk you like.
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- Maple Syrup or any liquid sweetener you like.
- Coconut Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
Don’t worry, this lactation brownie recipe is very simple to prepare. All you need is a blender. First, add all the ingredients to the jug of a high-speed blender.
Next, blend on the high-speed setting for 20 to 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.
Now, fold in the chocolate chips and use a silicone spatula to stir the chocolate chips in the batter.
Baking The Brownies
Line an 8-inch brownie pan with parchment paper and slightly oil paper with oil spray.
Pour the brownie batter into the pan and bake on the center rack of the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes at 350°F (180°C).
Check the baking time by inserting a pick in the center of the brownies. If it comes out clean, it’s ready to remove from the oven and cool down on a wire rack.
Let the brownies cool down completely on a cooling rack before slicing them into 16 squares.
Of course, you can add some delicious ingredients in the batter if you like some crunch try stirring 1/2 cup of:
- Chopped Walnuts or pecans – This brings healthy fat and benefits to your milk quality.
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Store the lactation brownie in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can freeze the brownies in a zip-lock bag or container. Place pieces of parchment paper between each square as they tend to stick to each other.
Thaw at room temperature the day before.
Below are some ideas to replace some of this recipe’s ingredients if you have some food intolerances or allergies.
- Nut-Free – You can use any milk in this recipe, such as cow milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
- Gluten-Free – Make sure you pick gluten-free certified oats.
- Sugar-Free – Any sugar-free sweetener works in this recipe. Replace the maple syrup with sugar-free liquid syrup made of natural monk fruit. Replace the coconut sugar with brown erythritol.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are my answers to your most frequent questions about this recipe.
How Do Lactation Brownies Taste?
These lactation brownies are flourless, eggless, and therefore very fudgy with a delicious sweet chocolate flavor.
Some people feel the light bitterness of Brewer’s yeast that is very useful to increase milk supply so I don’t recommend skipping it.
You can use debittered Brewer’s yeast to avoid this.
Are Lactation Brownies Healthy?
Not all lactation brownie recipes are healthy. Some are high in sugar and butter or made from brownie mix.
But, these brownies for lactating mums are a healthier version.
It’s naturally egg-free, vegan, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. It means it keeps you full for hours because it’s high in plant-based proteins and doesn’t contain much sugar that spikes blood sugar levels fast.
Can I Use A Food Processor Instead Of Blender?
It’s much more challenging to make this recipe in a food processor because it doesn’t have the strength to blend all the ingredients together.
Instead, start by processing the oat into a flour, then add the remaining ingredients.
Or make the recipe in a bowl if you already have oat flour ready at home and use the same amount of oat flour as oat.
Are Lactation Brownies Safe If I’m Not Pregnant?
Absolutely! It is safe to eat lactation brownies even if you are not pregnant.
These brownies are also safe to eat by kids or men. It’s simply containing healthy, wholesome ingredients that will help breastfeeding mums.
More Chocolate Recipes
I love chocolate recipes and here are some more options to fix your chocolate cravings.
Have you tried this lactation recipe? Share a comment or review below to let me know how it turned out.
- 1 ¼ cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- ¼ cup Debittered Brewer's Yeast
- 2 tablespoons Flax Meal
- ⅓ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ cup Peanut Butter
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- ⅓ cup Maple Syrup
- ¼ cup Coconut Sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Slightly oil paper with oil spray. Set aside.
- In a blender, add all the ingredients except the chocolate chips.
- Blend on high speed for about 25 seconds until the batter is smooth and creamy.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and use a silicone spatula to gently incorporate.
- Pour the batter into the prepared square brownies pan.
- Bake on the center rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool down for 5 minutes in the pan then transfer to a cooling rack for 20-30 minutes before slicing.
- Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 days or up to 5 days in the fridge.
- Freeze for up to 1 month in sealed container and thaw at room temperature the day before.