Okay – let’s get one thing straight – I can’t bake… I’m a great cook, but the science behind successful baking totally eludes me. As such, I am often forced to rely on a box mix in order to make sure my sweet treats are edible.
I wanted to try baking my own lactation brownies, but I knew that I was going to need to use one of my trusty box mixes as the base and then add in the lactation ingredients.
Finding the ideal balance of ingredients was harder than I initially thought. It took me three times to get the taste and texture right. But, I’ve done the research and now I’m ready to share the recipe! Here is my easy box mix lactation brownie recipe.
Box Mix Lactation Brownie Recipe
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BROWNIE BOX MIX | BREWERS YEAST | GROUND FLAXSEED | UPSPRING CHOCOLATE MILKFLOW SACHET | OATS | COCONUT MILK | COCONUT OIL
The first time I tried to make them I followed the instructions on the box mix (same amount of liquids but replacing the water with coconut milk) and then just added the additional ingredients, but this made the brownies too cake-y and not fudgy enough.
For the second batch I upped the amount of liquids and substituted the vegetable oil for coconut oil (for additional lactation benefits). This gave the brownies a better texture, but the taste still wasn’t chocolatey enough with the addition of oats and the brewers yeast and flaxseed.
I finally hit upon the idea to add the Upspring Chocolate milkflow sachets – both for the additional chocolate flavour and the fenugreek* and blessed thistle. Bingo – I had my winning brownie recipe!
Note: it shouldn’t matter if you don’t like coconut – I genuinely think that you can’t taste it, even though you are using two coconut products.
To Make The Lactation Brownies
- One box of Brownie Mix
- 3/4 cup of Oats (finely ground)
- 2 tbsp Brewer’s Yeast
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Optional – chocolate chips, walnut pieces or other nuts.
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well
- Pour into greased 9×9″ pan
- Bake for 30-35 minutes
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Note – the brownies taste best if you leave them to cool and refrigerate them to get the really fudgy consistency. Although if you can’t resist eating them hot from the oven, they aren’t bad then either… 🙂
The brownies were surprisingly effective. Instead of my usual 6oz pumped on my evening pump, I was getting 11oz and 12oz! That’s 12oz from one 15 minute pump!
Now I just have to stop using it as an excuse to eat chocolate brownies for breakfast…
Are you tempted to try making your own lactation treats? Next up for experimentation – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies. Stay tuned for that recipe just as soon as I have it perfected!
Have any breastfeeding tips? Or ways that you keep your milk supply strong? Be sure to leave them in the comments! And don’t forget to let me know if you try making them.
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* Fenugreek can be beneficial for some women and cause a decrease in supply for others. Consider using it in smaller amounts until you know whether or not it works for you.
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