We had another pancake triumph in this house with these Chocolate Tropical Fruit Smoothie Pancakes. My son Ted, who is nearly four, loves a chocolate breakfast. I always use raw cocoa powder in my chocolate breakfast and to him it’s a great treat. He’s also a great fruit eater so these were perfect for his tastes.
Ted really likes mango and banana but he’s not so keen on pineapple. By using a tropical fruit smoothie mix I’ve managed to get pineapple into his system without him even noticing. Tropical Fruit, but in particular pineapple, is delicious and it has been celebrated for centuries. Pineapples not only have a distinct and unique flavour but they also offer the most brilliant health benefits.
The health and medicinal benenfits of pineapple include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, help with weight loss, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, improve heart health, fight off infection and parasites, improve the immune system and increase circulation. Plus the pineapple has huge nutritional benefits which include, of course. vitamins and minerals. However, they also include potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta carotene, thiamin, B6 and folate as well as soluble and insoluble fibre. Therefore, for me, they make a fantastic part of a breakfast and they tasted delicious in these pancakes. So well worth a try.
- Large bowls x 2
- Whisk or electric whisk
- Metal spoon
- Food processor, nutribullet or stick blender
- Frying pan
- Ice cream scoop or a small ladle
- Fish slice
- Plastic brush
- Frozen tropical fruit x 2 handfuls
- If you are unable to buy frozen fruit then mango, papaya and pineapple will all be good in this smoothie
- Banana x 1 (frozen fruit does not contain banana so I’ve added one to this recipe)
- Spelt flour x 200g
- Baking powder x 1 tsp
- Coconut Milk x 200ml
- Eggs x 2 (medium)
- Cinnamon x 1 tsp
- Coconut oil to cook the pancakes
- Maple syrup or honey to serve
- In the food processor, nutribullet or with the stick blender, blend the frozen fruits and banana together and set aside.
- Mix the spelt flour, baking powder and cinnamon together in the bowl.
- Next seperate the yolk from the white of the eggs.
- Add the yolk, the oat milk and tropical fruit mix to the other ingredients in the bowl or food processor and blend together.
- Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form.
- At this point, you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without the egg whites falling out.
- Finally fold the whites into the pancake mix with the metal spoon.
- Put in the fridge overnight if making the pancake mix the day before.
- Put the frying pan on the hob on a high heat.
- To cook the pancakes make sure your pan is nice and hot.
- Put a small amount of coconut oil in the pan and use a plastic brush to cover the base.
- I have a plastic brush that you can heat to a very high temperature so it won’t melt.
- Take your ice cream scoop or ladle and fill it with pancake mixture and place it in the pan.
- One to two scoops should be enough to make one pancake
- Now wait and I mean wait.
- You will notice they start to cook around the outside edge of the pancake.
- This is a good time to turn them over.
- Hopefully they should be a nice golden brown colour.
- Wait for the other side to cook.
- Once they are cooked add maple syrup or honey.
- Serve and enjoy.
The mix should make a large amount of pancakes. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure if tropical fruits would be good in a pancake. It was a gamble but it did pay off. My husband and son thoroughly enjoyed them. During the week, we had the leftover pancakes for breakfast and my son ate both the pancakes I made without a disagreement. The pancake mixture is simple, quick and easy to make and can be stored in the fridge overnight. I like to make my pancake mix the night before so we don’t have to wait too long for breakfast in the morning. Also, any leftover mix can be made up into pancakes and frozen, or the pancake mixture itself can be frozen. Then all you need to do is pull out the pancake mix or pre-cooked pancakes out the night before eating, defrost and cook or toast the next day. A brilliant breakfast that will feed a hungry family and healthy too. However you decide to eat this breakfast, as always, enjoy!