Made with Spelt flour, these plump cushions of Matcha green tea pancakes, are healthy, dairy-free and so tasty. As unusual as this may sound but I have been avoiding this fad for a long time even when Matcha has been gaining popularity.
So what is Matcha I hear you say!
Matcha is a Japanese grown and produced special powdered green tea. Unlike other types of drinks, this green tea powder is not strained out before consuming so you are consuming the entire leaf making Matcha more potent than the other varieties.
The way green tea, produced in Japan makes it rich in chlorophyll and creating that vibrant green colour. The leaves are then ground with stone grinding wheels to produce that fine powder.
A long time ago, Matcha was thought to be a time-consuming and expensive stuff for common people. Only royalties and Samurai Warriors were given Matcha. The tradition of tea remains, but it is now a popular drink throughout Japan. Not only Japan but all over the world. Instagram is blooming with beautiful Matcha recipes. Few of my favourites are Matchaeologist, Matchabay and Matcha.lab.
Taking my inspiration from those beautiful Instagrammers I made my version of Matcha pancakes. I usually go with my instincts on the spot. So I added ingredients I had available but also what I like to eat. Coconut, almond milk and bananas are my favourite key elements when it comes to elevating a dish.
I have never been called a fussy eater but when it comes to smell you better stay far from me. First time I opened a powdered wheatgrass packet I got that musky smell that put me off and I never touched it again. When I opened my new bag of Matcha, I got the similar smell but only, this time, I thought I’d eat Matcha instead of drinking it. Oh dear! I’m glad I didn’t throw it or gave it away because eating it is a lot tastier.
This pancake is a hit every time I make it. Big or small people it hits the spot. The texture is amazing with the coconut, a sweet, nutty smell from the Spelt flour and a pillowy feel with the creamy almond milk.
With melting butter on top it’s like magic in the mouth. Matcha also has significant health benefits, it’s a good brain food, good for the heart, aids burn stored fat in the body and has anti-cancer properties. From press to plate this recipe can be made within an hour, if that’s not enough for you to make it then what it?
- 2 cups Spelt flour
- 2 tea spoons of matcha green tea
- 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 over ripe banana
- 1 tea spoon of gluten free baking powder
- 3 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 table spoon of raw honey
- Coconut oil for greasing
- Mash a very ripe banana in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients together with the banana and whisk till all is combined into a tick batter.
- Heat 2 pans on the stove. Grease the pan with some coconut oil then ladle some of the batter onto the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until you see bubbles on top.
- Flip the pancake gently and cook on the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes or till the inside of the pancake is cooked. The cooking time depends on the thickness of the batter. You can test the first pancake and see how long in needs to cook.
- Repeat till all the pancakes are cooked and serve with some grass-fed butter or yogurt.
Now I dare you to say healthy food is boring!!