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Chocolate Banana Spelt Pancakes
by Dr Joanna Helcké

Pancakes are always popular with my children so over the years I have played around with ingredients to come up with versions that tick the healthy box as well as the delicious box. The combination of chocolate and banana is always a winner, and these pancakes are no exception. 

• 2 eggs
• 150g Greek Total 0% fat yogurt
• 150g mashed banana
• (For a dairy free version, eliminate the Greek yogurt and increase the mashed     banana to 300g)
• 300ml milk or of coconut milk if doing the dairy free version
• 150g spelt flour
• 50g cocoa powder or cacao (raw, unrefined cocoa)
• 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
• 1.5 tsp baking powder

Step 1
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Make a well in the centre.

Step 2
Place all the liquid and wet ingredients - mashed banana, yogurt, milk, eggs and maple syrup - into a separate bowl and whisk with a hand held electric beater, until you have a thick but relatively smooth liquid.

Step 3
Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and whisk with the electric beater until you have a smooth batter.

Step 4
Heat up on a medium flame a good, solid, heavy-based, non-stick frying pan. When hot, drop a tablespoonful of batter into the pan. It will form a small circle, making one mini pancake (around the size of a picklet). You will be able to fit around 5 mini pancakes into the frying pan.

Step 5
When bubbles start to rise to the top of your pancakes, it is time to flip them over using a spatula - be gentle! Give them a short while to cook on the second side. Carry on until you have finished the batter.

Step 6
Serve the pancakes piled up with sliced banana and drizzled with maple syrup – the perfect start to pancake day!

About the Author
Dr Joanna Helcké
Founder and Director

“The online pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert”

Joanna is the mother of three boys and has been a pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert for over 6 years. She was honored with the prestigious FitPro Award of Excellence in Fitness in 2014 as well as Best Sports Health or Fitness Group of the Year 2013, and is passionate about the wellbeing of mums-to-be and mums. 

Expectant mums are, of course, keen to do the very best for their babies but often find it hard to know what exercises they should be doing as pregnancy progresses, and where to turn to for help and advice.

With this in mind Joanna spent over two years developing a truly unique online fitness subscription service that delivers pregnant and new mums weekly videos that provide an exercise routine that has been especially designed to support each stage, week by week, of their journey to motherhood.

Alongside the videos, all members receive a bespoke weekly “to do list” with useful extras, are welcomed to take part in the weekly forum and ask questions to the guest expert, and are invited to join Joanna’s closed Facebook group for friendly community support. Members have Joanna’s personal support with weekly newsletters, her Mumday Monday blogs and the opportunity to email with personal questions.

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