My matcha love continues!
As I looked for more ways to enjoy matcha, my thoughts turned to pancakes. Which was a terrific place to go. Pancakes are always welcome at my house!
Adding matcha to pancakes turns them green, making them fun and perfect for St Patrick’s Day. But it also adds a little bit of that superfood quality that matcha provides.
Pancakes with a healthy matcha twist – it doesn’t get much better!
Why I love this recipe
My favorite pancakes are my almond milk pancakes. Light and fluffy, they are easy, delicious, and dairy-free. The only question I had was whether adding matcha would throw off the taste, texture, or both.
But I do have experience with matcha. In addition to occasionally making matcha brownies, muffins, and cookies, I drink a matcha tea latte almost daily. That has taught me that matcha is most enjoyable when balanced with sweetness and vanilla.
So, I added both matcha powder and vanilla extract to my pancake batter, and produced lovely green tea pancakes that are sweetly tender and fluffy. Just how we all want our pancakes to be. 😃
How to make these matcha pancakes
Homemade pancakes are so easy! Simply combine the dry ingredients first: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and matcha powder. I like to whisk these in the bowl to ensure the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Then, add the wet ingredients (melted butter, egg, almond milk, and vanilla extract) and mix well to combine. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes. I use this time to preheat my skillet or griddle.
Spray the cooking surface with cooking spray, then pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake. Cook about 2 minutes, flip, and cook another minute more. The pancake is ready to flip when you see bubbles appear on the sides and center, and the edges are starting to look a little dry.
Repeat with the rest of the batter to make a lovely stack of matcha pancakes!
You might be wondering, why add matcha to pancakes? Well, first of all, matcha has many health benefits. It’s antioxidant rich and contains compounds beneficial to our livers, brains, and heart. My favorite? Matcha can lower cholesterol. (You can read about this in my matcha tea post, if you are interested)
The other benefit of matcha is the lovely and fun green color. It is March, after all. And that means St Patty’s Day is just around the corner. Matcha is a much healthier way to “green” your food instead of artificial dyes!
More Recipes to Help You Enjoy St Patrick’s Day
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Matcha powder
- 3 Tablespoons butter melted (plant based for dairy free)
- 1 egg
- 1 ¼ cup almond milk plain or vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- Cooking spray or similar
- Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
- Whisk in melted butter, egg and almond milk. Stir until well combined. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray (or use butter/oil as preferred). Pour batter into hot skillet, about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake.
- Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on the sides and center of each pancake. Flip and cook until golden, about 1 to 2 more minutes.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.