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Gooey Chocolate Lactation Gluten Free Brownies

As a nursing mama you’re burning tons of calories trying to support not only your own recovering body after labor, but also support a growing baby. Enter lactation (or nursing**) snacks! I like to keep a quick, high calorie, low processed sugar goodie on hand to grab anytime I am in need of some quick eats, usually right before I’m sitting down to nurse.



I opt for low processed sugar snacks/foods because regulating glucose can be beneficial in minimizing crashes. Since you’re burning so many extra calories producing milk, these brownies can help keep you from bottoming out, and becoming hangry. Which all can compromise your milk supply.

**note that if you’re an over producer, like me, these brownies can still be super beneficial. I just omit the nutritional yeast, which has the most significant impact on overall milk production.



What makes these brownies beneficial for a nursing mama?? 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼


{{ HIGH IN PROTEIN }} Protein is crucial for maintaining a healthy milk supply, if mama isn’t getting what she needs, baby can’t either, PLUS nut butter and chocolate go hand-in-hand! So it’s a win-win.


Seeds and almonds, also deliver protein and healthy fats, along with calcium, which is crucial for a growing baby and lactating mama. Chi seeds specifically are rich in plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.

*the mixed nut butter I use contains chia seeds, my favs are from Costco and Trader Joe’s. But you could also add a Tbsp of Chia Seeds to the recipe and opt for plain almond butter.



{{ BETA-GLUCAN }} Oats have a very high concentration of dietary beta-glucan, which is a type of fiber that helps raise the levels of prolactin, ie breastfeeding hormone that helps stimulate milk production. Oats are also high in B vitamins, which help with overall energy, and can help reduce exhaustion, stress levels and depression. Oats also contain proteins, vitamins, and minerals, and are high in iron, zinc, manganese, and calcium. Basically, eat oats, they’re a sneaky super food!



{{ NUTRITIONAL YEAST }} High in B vitamins, iron, protein, chromium and selenium, nutritional yeast is routinely used as a supplement for lactating moms, as it’s a galactagogue.

*brewers, nutritional and bakers yeast are all different. Brewers and nutritional yeast are both beneficial for lactating moms. Nutritional yeast is much more appetizing imo, not bitter and has a creamy/cheesy flavor, almost non existent in the brownies though. We use it on toast, on popcorn, noodles etc for my kiddo as it has such a high nutritional value and is cheesy. He loves it! Brewers yeast is much more bitter and will significantly impact the flavor of your lactation treats, just FYI.

...and now on to the good stuff, the recipe!


Ingredients

x1 package of Lasanko Brownie mix

1/3 butter (I prefer salted)

1/3 organic coconut oil

2 eggs (x3 if you prefer a cake like brownie)

1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast

2 Tbsp organic ground flaxseeds

1 cup unsweetened mixed nut butter (THIS is my fav)

1/2 cup organic gluten free oat flour

1 cup unsweetened chocolate chunks *or carob chips

1/2 cup dates (cut into 4-5 pieces each)

1/2 cup raisins

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Pour into a 8x8 or a 6x9 baking dish. Place in the oven on the bottom rack and cook for 25 minutes. Check for doneness by poking the center with a knife or toothpick. I typically cook another 4 ish minutes, note that all ovens differ so check frequently after the first 25 minutes are up.


Knowing that I wanted these to be readily available in the freezer and liking an extra gooey brownie, I opted to remove them with a more no-quite-done consistency, 28 minutes for my oven. So note that if you’d like to do the same, whatever tool you use to poke the center will not come out fully clean, unless you like a cake like brownie, then give it five more minutes, or until your tool is almost clean when you pull it out of the center. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.

After the brownies are cool to the touch on top, cut into small squares and wrap in foil or place in individual small freezer bags. Place them in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy one, remove, let thaw about 1-2 minutes, cutting it in half makes it thaw much quicker, then ENJOY!


I would be thrilled to know how yours turned out! Especially if you opted to add and other goodies to your brownies. Leave a comment below!


***These brownies are also awesome during pregnancy, especially the third trimester. As they’re a high caloric and nutritional treat in a small package.



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