Matcha powder seems to be the ‘in’ thing right now and it’s no wonder considering all of the health benefits that it’s said to have for us. I’m not an expert but from what I’ve read online it seems that matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols which have been linked to helping fight heart disease and cancer, as well as supporting better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and reducing anti-aging. I’ve also read that it can boost metabolism, and slow or even stop the growth of cancer cells.
Why wouldn’t you want to incorporate some matcha into your daily life?
We usually drink small ‘shots’ of it mixed with almond milk and although it doesn’t taste amazing this way, the health benefits outweigh the slightly unpleasant aftertaste you get.
You can also incorporate matcha powder into your cooking which is something I try to do wherever I can – today I made some pancakes with a couple of teaspoons of matcha powder added and if you can get over the green tinge to the pancakes then I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how tasty these super matcha pancakes are….
How to make Super Matcha Pancakes
120g of plain flour
200ml of almond milk (any milk is fine though)
1 large egg
1-2 Teaspoons of Matcha powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (I use a vanilla pod if I have one in)
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
There’s nothing complicated about this recipe – it’s just a case of beating all of the ingredients together until the mixture is more or less smooth. The off lump or two is OK but it should be mostly smooth.
To keep my pancakes the same size when I’m making a stack I generally just blob two big spoonfuls of mixture into a lightly greased pan and let it spread itself out as it cooks. It’s think enough that it won’t spread too far but it will make itself into a nice little circle usually.
I cook it gently until the underside is lightly browned and then use a spatula to turn it over and do the same on the other side.
The’re amazing with a little bit of syrup or some fresh strawberries and blueberries.
The green colour of the pancakes gave me an idea so I hunted out my shamrock cookie cutter and made some St Patricks Day matcha pancakes aswell….
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