New Mama, New Baby banana bread

My family was recently blessed with two new babies within a month of each other: my brother and his wife welcomed their second little girl, and my husband’s brother and his wife celebrated the arrival of their second boy.

Since both of my sisters-in-law are smart ladies who know all about the amazing benefits of breastfeeding, this loving act is a priority for each of them. But to successfully breastfeed, it’s important for new moms to enjoy plenty of nourishing food, something that’s easier said than done with a newborn babe, another little one to run after and a household to try to maintain.

To that end, I baked up a loaf of nutritious, delicious bread for each mama and her family. I concocted the recipe to include breastfeeding-friendly ingredients to support them in this venture as best I could. Oats, flax seed and brewer’s yeast are all traditionally thought to help increase milk supply. Nuts and whole wheat flour boost protein intake, and chocolate, well that just catapults this rich bread to a whole new level of deliciousness. Of course, though this bread is made with a breastfeeding mama in mind, it’s so yummy that every member of the family will be hacking off hearty slabs.

Selah and Nolan’s New Baby Banana Bread

  • 1/2 C unsalted organic butter
  • 3/4 C packed brown sugar
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 C whole wheat flour (can use 1 C whole wheat and 1 C white flour for a lighter texture)
  • 1 1/2 C oats
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 2 T milled flax seed
  • 4 T brewer’s yeast
  • 1/2 t salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 3/4 C chopped pecans, walnuts or other nuts
  • 1 C dark chocolate chips
  1. Cream together first five ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
  3. Add dry ingredients  to banana mixture.
  4. Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake 45 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven, or until edges and top are set. Cool 10 minutes in pans before turning out onto racks to cool completely.

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