Avocado & Banana Pancakes

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The world goes crazy for pancakes doesn’t it? Or at least, the Instagram world does. They fill up your feed on the weekend.  “#Sundayfunday #stacksfordays” We’re no exception – fluffy american style pancakes are our go to weekend breakfast. So much so that when I made crepes instead a few weeks ago (also delicious) the kids acted like all their Christmases had come at once. Or, Pancake Tuesdays I suppose.

Ivy is getting in on the act now too. She’s nearly 9 months old. Let’s be honest; she’s not that into meals. So I’m trying to make single things she can eat that I can pop extra healthy bits into. If all else fails, she’ll always eat steamed sugar snap peas or broccoli.

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Pancakes with green bits

She has been enjoying mashed banana and avocado sucked off toast soldiers or wedges of bagel, so I decided to incorporate the avocado into a bastardisation of the Banana Pancakes I’ve been making for years.

I know we keep being told that basically the only reason millennials can’t afford to buy houses is their instance avocado consumption so I may be dooming Ivy’s future already. I mean government policy, greedy banks and developers have nothing to do it it. No, nothing at all…

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Avocado & Banana Spelt Pancakes

  • 90 grams of spelt flour – I used wholemeal
  • 1/2  teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk (125ml)
  • 1/2  cup of natural yoghurt (125ml)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 a banana, mashed
  • 1/2 an avocado, mashed

Sieve the dry ingredients.

Combine the wet ingredients.

Whisk them together!

Cook these on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes a side. I used a little coconut oil on the pan before each batch.  These took longer to cook than regular pancakes – I think the avocado made them quite squidgy so they needed a lower heat and longer time to firm up.

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Berries & yogurt = always a good option

I find pancakes wonderfully adaptable, using whatever flour, milk or yogurt I have.  This “recipe” made 11 – which I think is a USP for any recipe, using approximately 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.

Ivy ate two for lunch and I had 1, just to taste them. This left me in the awkward position of having eight to share between three hungry boys after school (playdate). One did suspiciously ask what the green bits were – but none of them stopped eating when I came clean – winner!

Incidentally if you are looking for more baby led weaning recipe information, I bought the Baby Led Feeding cookbook a few months ago. I can’t recommend it enough – there’s some really helpful ideas in there. Like I said, she’s not into full meals yet, but I’ve been dipping into the lunch recipes. Hats off to the Mexican Bean Stew recipe which is super quick to make and packed full of healthy beans and corn. I’ve made that several times, along with the Cheesy Cauliflower Baby Bites which the whole family love.

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A Week In Dinners: What We Ate Round Ours.

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As part of a look at what ‘real’ families eat, Sinéad over at Bumbles of Rice started a ‘Week In Dinners’ linky. I’m always interested in what other people are chomping down on, and I think it’s important to represent for the veggie contingent here in the Properfud house.

Monday: I concocted something with bulgar wheat, chickpeas and a creamy nutty dressing which was FINE but a bit forgettable. It got eaten by everyone but the leftovers are still in the fridge. I suppose I should chuck them now.

Tuesday: A random walk through the Marks & Spencer food hall meant some items threw themselves in my basket like Cheese Tasters, overpriced dark chocolate and stem ginger cookies (for a trip to a friends house), a Nutty Superfood Salad and a Sprouted Bean Salad.  For dinner the husband cooked up some quorn pieces with red pesto, a little stock and frozen spinach and we ate that served with the salads. The boys picked the bits they wanted out of the salads and we ate the rest. I didn’t even try to make them eat any more than they wanted because I wanted it all to myself.

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Me, when I get my hands on Cheese Tasters

Slim-With-TinaWednesday: I got my hands on the Slim With Tina book a couple of weeks ago. You can find out more and buy it here.

I’m not slimming (see above), but I do really like Tina’s approach to health and fitness and this book includes lots of great meal ideas. I learned to run properly on a Run With Tina group course, and have had a strong social media friendship with her since.  My ever-popular pancake recipe even made it into her book with some healthy modifications! I was like a proud mammy when I saw that in there.

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Anyway, she has a delicious simple Chana Masala recipe in the book. I had run out of chickpeas so it was technically Bean-a Masala, as I used a couple of tins of mixed beans. This is a real store-cupboard meal for me, I always have the ingredients (or substitutes!) on hand. I picked at food as I cooked and then ran out the door to my Boxfit class as the boys sat down for dinner. Plates were cleaned!  I also did some grilled aubergine and courgettes on the side because I swear I get itchy if my day doesn’t have enough veggies in it. My husband didn’t even offer them to anyone so I ate them all later *burp*

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Thursday: I made both banana bread and scones on Thursday so had run out of steam a bit by dinner time. Baking with a toddler is double the work, and due to waning enthusiasm for both bonding and cleaning up obviously I dispatched him to in front of the TV while I rolled and cut them. That tiny baby bib is what he insisted on wearing as his apron. It protected NOTHING.

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Luckily I found some Lorraine Pascale marscapone gnocchi in the freezer – this stuff is so good, I always make a good big batch and freeze some. I fried that up, served it on rocket with basil pesto, avocado and yellow peppers. Plates were served according to taste preferences – that is no leaves, loads of pepper for the kids. I think Teddy robbed about half my gnocchi.

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Friday: I cooked up some fresh rice and the boys ate leftover Chana Masala. I didn’t feel so great with a crappy sore throat, and the husband had his eye on a takeaway. I eyed up an avocado smoothie recipe in a bid to make myself feel healthy. Then I thought about the Cheese Tasters for a bit. Curse you M&S and your tasty snacks! I relented and made the smoothie (and it was delicious). Did I have takeaway later? You’ll never know…

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Don’t forget to look at all the other Week in Dinners posts over here!

day 2 in the foody house

more green fud.  mama said not all of it is green, but that the green things are generally good for you.  I don’t really care if it’s good or bad, it’s fun.  I ate avocado 2 days in a row.  can you see I’m only in my nappy & a bib.  I suppose I don’t really need the bib.

first I took it and smushed it around. it was slippery and hard to hold.   i made a lot of noise & I had a good taste of it.  the next day mama mashed it before I got a chance to and put it on some brown stuff she called pitta.  i licked a lot of the avocado, and then i made the pitta fall apart.

Since we were on such a roll, mama decided it was time for daddy to see my new tricks. we all had the same things for our dinner.  by dinnertime mama had got me special new bibs to catch some food.  I showed him the way I’m gone good at tasting and licking and making a mess really quickly.
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