When I worked as a lactation consultant, many moms used moringa leaf powder to increase milk production. There are mixed reviews for galactagogues (substances that increase lactation/milk production) but in my experience as an IBCLC, they can work. In my experience as a foodie, they can also taste incredible and you don’t need to be lactating to enjoy them!
Moringa is widely used in parts of the Middle East and India, and is a leaf usually blended into a powder in the western world. It’s used to improve a multitude of things from asthma, thyroid disorders, anemia, and more. Of course western medicine will tell you there is insufficient evidence for this, but being packed with antioxidants and rich in protein, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium, it’s a small risk to take if it doesn’t work. (Note, in a clinical setting, we could not recommend this to anyone on blood clotting prevention/blood thinners/blood pressure medication as it can lower blood pressure in addition to the medication. For those not on blood pressure medication, this is a good counteraction to the stressful world right now!)
The moringa and hemp protein do add an earthy taste to these muffins which can be overcome with sufficient chocolate chips or blueberries or other form of sugar, or you can leave those out and enjoy something a little more savory!
These muffins reflect my inner hippie, granola, or whatever you want to call it. They are so delicious and healthy, as far as muffins go. They can be adapted and mixed and matched with whatever GREEN you have laying around these days, which is hopefully a lot.
If you haven’t heard me rave about my favorite silicone muffin cups consider ordering them ASAP so you can have endless muffins without any waste or mess!
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
1/2 cup milk of any kind
1 mashed ripe banana
2 Heaping Tablespoons ricotta cheese (optional, add more milk if you aren’t adding this)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon xylitol or sugar of your choice
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
1/4 cup moringa leaf powder
1 1/2 cups flour (AP or bread, or a mix of Bread and whole wheat)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
Mash banana and combine wet ingredients in a bowl. Add in dry ingredients with gentle folding. You don’t want to over-mix. Pour into baking cups and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes!