Peanut Butter Brownies are a delicious treat that are actually healthy because they are sweetened entirely with dates. They have that classic peanut butter and chocolate combo that is so satisfying. Peanut Butter Brownies are super easy to make and only have 4 ingredients.
I created this recipe because I kept hearing that eating dates during the final stages of pregnancy can speed up labour. My first labour was 3 days long so I did a lot of research on how to speed up labour! I thought it was an old (mid)wives tale, but did some research (see below) and it turns out many studies agree that consuming 6 dates (the equivalent of 3 Medjool dates) a day 4 week before your delivery date can decrease the length of labour and reduce the need for labour intervention. Instead of just eating dates plain, I created these tasty peanut butter brownies.
Late pregnancy consumption of dates and the effect on labour
Here are some of the studies and findings I found to be the most interesting around late pregnancy consumption of dates and the effect on labour.
- The Journal of Midwifery and Health found that cervical dilation was higher in women consuming dates during the end of pregnancy. The faster your cervix dilates; the sooner baby comes. That means according to this study, eating dates can speed up labour.
- This study conducted at the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences found that consuming 70-76 g of dates daily (roughly 3 Medjool dates) during the last 3 weeks of pregnancy was effective in decreasing length of labour and reducing the need of oxytocin for labour acceleration.
- A study conducted at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Malaya found that date consumption during late pregnancy had a positive effect on labour and delivery outcomes. Date consumption reduced the need for labour augmentation but did not speed up the onset of labour.
- This study conducted at the Jordan University of Science and Technology found that spontaneous labour occurred for 96% of the women who consumed dates. It also found that the use of prostin/oxytocin to speed up labour was significantly lower and the first stage of labour was shorter.
What I’m taking away from this is that at 36 weeks I’ll be eating 3 Medjool dates or 2 peanut butter brownies, every day until I deliver my baby.
One thing to keep in mind that this is a ton of sugar, around 50g! If you are someone who has gestational diabetes, diabetes or any issues with keeping your blood sugar balanced, eating this many dates may not be a good choice for you. I’ll be making sure that I’m not eating very much sugar during the last month of my pregnancy.
Peanut Butter Brownies
(gluten-free, paleo, vegan)
Prep time: 10 minutes | Chill time: 2 hours
- 2 cups of Medjool dates (12)
- 2.5 cups roasted unsalted peanuts
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Place 2 cups of peanuts in a food processor and process into a granular flour.
- Add 1 cup of cacao powder and 1/4 tsp of salt to the food processor and process until smooth.
- While the food processor is running, slowly add dates and process until smooth.
- Fold in chopped peanuts.
- Press the brownie batter into lined 8×8 brownie pan and freeze for 2 hours to set the peanut butter brownies.
- Remove the freezer and cut into 8 brownies. For labour enhancing properties, eat 2 a day!
My goal is to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice about the holistic practices you choose to apply during your pregnancy.
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