Matcha pancakes don’t look like the light caramel coloured fluffy pancakes most people think of when they think pancakes. Matcha pancakes are green and fluffy. And green is generally not seen as a delicious colour to eat for a sweet food.
Before I tell you how delicious matcha pancakes are let me tell you about matcha. If you were blindfolded and had to smell it you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were smelling grass. Freshly mown grass, but still grass. Matcha is a fine powder made from green tea. So why not call it green tea? There are two things that set matcha apart from green tea. Firstly, part of it’s growing life is in the shade and secondly, the stems and veins are removed leaving just the leaves. So like green tea, matcha contains caffeine but unlike green tea matcha is not served as leaves or in a tea bag. It is a powder that dissolves. Which is why it’s so easy to use in pancakes.
Matcha in pancakes can still be sweet but you get the benefits of anti-oxidants and according to many, a calm energy. Matcha will give some green colour to the pancakes but I added some spinach leaves to make sure they really turned out green. And it worked. A delectable mix of green and sweet – or sweets and greens. It’s not often that I mix the two together, but this time I have and I will try it again sometime soon.
The matcha pancakes were also very filling, with the combination of oats and banana in the pancake and then the blueberry jam on top, they were quite a meal.
Want more matcha? How about a matcha and avocado smoothie bowl?
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