Mamas, you will love this chocolate banana lactation smoothie! It tastes amazing and has oats, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast to help boost your milk supply.
As a breastfeeding mama I’m always looking for ways to increase (or maintain) my milk supply.
I’ve developed recipes for lactation cookies and lactation bites, which I love. They’re both super tasty and I definitely notice a difference in my supply when I eat them regularly, but there are plenty of days where I’ve run out of the cookies/bites and I need something fast… that’s where this lactation smoothie comes in.
How to Make a Lactation Smoothie
You can literally make any smoothie a lactation smoothie just by adding specific milk producing foods, but haphazardly adding ingredients to a smoothie can often times result in a concoction that doesn’t taste so good. Especially when you’re working with a bitter ingredient like brewer’s yeast. Been there, done that!
This smoothie on the other hand, has three ingredients for boosting your milk supply (oats, brewer’s yeast and flaxseed) and it still tastes delicious.
It’s so good, I would happily drink it daily even if I wasn’t nursing/pumping. The combo of banana, chocolate and peanut butter totally masks the bitter taste of the brewer’s yeast and the frozen fruit combined with the oats and flaxseed give the smoothie a thick and creamy texture.
Sweetened With Medjool Dates
I purposely chose to sweeten this smoothie with medjool dates because I figured many mamas will have a few leftover from endlessly eating dates to help prep for labor. If you don’t have any dates on hand, you can use another natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey. I’d start with 1 teaspoon, taste the smoothie and add more if needed.
Ingredients in This Lactation Smoothie
Since breastfeeding Olivia, I’ve done a bit of research about which foods are best to keep your milk supply up and help with milk production. Here’s a little list of the foods I found:
oats – oats are high in iron and some studies have shown that oats help with milk production.
ground flaxseed – flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids (which are great for baby) and it also contains phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production.
peanut butter – there’s not better combo than chocolate and peanut butter, but feel free to use your favorite nut butter here. Cashew butter or almond butter would both work great.
cocoa powder – this is where the chocolate flavor comes from
ground cinnamon – this adds a touch of sweetness without any additional sugar
frozen cauliflower rice – this is optional, but I love the thickness it adds to smoothies.
I’ve been making this smoothie for breakfast or lunch. It’s filling enough to have on its own as a meal, but sometimes I’ll pair it with a little something extra like a hard boiled egg. I love the flavor and it’s been helpful for my milk supply as well. I hope you like it as much as I do.