Matcha Green Tea Coconut Pancakes

It had been a while since I’d had pancakes for breakfast. It seems like I’ve been on this neverending smoothie craze, lately. I just can’t seem to get enough of them.

But when I recently got my hands on some Matcha Green Tea Powder, I got extremely excited couldn’t wait to start experimenting and create all kinds of beautiful recipes. I wasn’t too sure what I was going to try first, but then it suddenly hit me!

No, it was not going to be a smoothie! (although I did consider… ;) )

It had to be one of my ultimate favorite breakfast items ever, and I named, PANCAKES!!!

Now, I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but…

Don’t anyone laugh, alright?

Up until recently, I had no idea how they got the green tea flavor in all those green tea goodies that I love so much! You know, green tea and black bean sponge cake, green tea ice cream… Oh, I will roll over backwards for some of that! But I never really knew how they got that gorgeous flavor, or color, in there. I figured it must’ve been some sort of “instant” tea powder, or very strong tea, much like we do with most coffee flavoured things…

But you see, I was at this unbahlievable store the other day, which I had just discovered too by the way and, just like a kid in a candy store, I was frantically checking out everything they had on the shelves. Of course, I was resisting with all my might the temptation to throw just about everything in my cart.

It was like I’d fallen asleep and suddenly woken up in heaven! There I was, surrounded with bags and bags of organic goodies, tons of nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits, rice, spices, tea… wait a minute. TEA?

I had to stop and check them out.

That’s when I saw IT: Matcha Green Tea Powder.

The guy that works there tells me that they use this a lot in Asian cuisine to flavour all things “Green Tea” and that it’s also very good for you and yadee yadee ya… I wasn’t listening anymore. I just knew I had to have it!

Lucky for me, there was this cute, tiny little 250g bag on the shelf. Everything they sell there goes by the kilo, one kilo being the minimum quantity that you can buy. But for some reason, this Matcha Powder was up for grabs in smaller quantities.

WIN! In the cart it went!

It wasn’t until I got to the cash that I found out WHY it is that they sell it in smaller quantities. Matcha Green Tea powder is quite expensive, to say the least! I jumped about that high when I found out and came this close to putting it back on the shelf, but I didn’t. I mean, I could already taste the goodies that I would be making with this gorgeous, deep jade green powder. If I put it back, they would never happen. And that would’ve been such a shame.

And you know what?

That one batch of pancakes that I made only required such a tiny little amount out of my very expensive bag of Matcha, and they turned out so good that I think they were almost worth the price of the entire bag right there. OK, I might be exaggerating a little bit, but I don’t regret buying the tea one bit. These pancakes were seriously moist, delicate, wonderfully fragrant, and, just like all coconut flour based pancakes, keep your tummy full and satisfied for a very long time.

Plus, I can make so many more batches, still! Not to mention smoothies (of course!), and ice cream, and pudding, and SPONGE CAKE!!!

I’m thinking Healthified Black Bean and Green Tea Sponge Cake.

Oooooh, this is so happening…

MATCHA GREEN TEA COCONUT PANCAKES

INGREDIENTS
(Serves 1)

  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 6 egg whites (¾ cup)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup, or agave nectar)

Garnish

  • 2 tbsp 0% fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cooked or canned Black Soy Beans
  • 1 tbsp chopped pistachio
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small food processor (or mixing bowl) and blend until well combined.
  2. Coat a non stick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. When pan is hot enough, slowly ladle about ¼ of a cup per pancake and cook until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked.
  4. Very delicately flip the pancakes and cook until second side is golden then transfer to low temp oven to keep them warm while you cook the remaining pancakes.
  5. Garnish with dollop of plain yogurt, chopped pistachio, cooked black beans and drizzle of honey.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Yay for finally openIng up your bag of matcha!!! These look absolutely incredible!!!! Ummm yeah….talk about drooling! Love the creativity and I’m eager to get my hands on some matcha! The price has always deterred me in the past but you’ve convinced me that it’s worth it
    :)

    • says

      It is VERY well worth it, Nora. Seriously, it might be expensive when you first buy it, but then, it’s not that expensive per tablespoon, in the end. I’m curious now, I wonder how much a tablespoon costs. I think I’ll count how many tablespoons I get out of that bag, and then do the math!

      Oh, and thanks for drooling all over my food, again! :D

  2. charlotte says

    The first time I saw Matcha powder in Canada (after a trip to Japan) was in a Chinese grocery store. I balked at the price – $20 for about a pound. I quickly returned to purchase it after I found the price was tripled in most health food/ specialty stores. Next time, try your local chinese grocer.

    • says

      I know! What a shame. Plus, tapioca isn’t the best for you either… mind you, I’m still not sure about that one. I will have to research tapioca more extensively. Some say it’s good, some say it isn’t. I still haven’t decided.

  3. says

    Sonia, I am dying to try these pancakes! I picked up some Matcha a few months back and I made a coconut green tea cake and numerous smoothies with it. Amazing. I love how you’ve garnished them with black soy beans! So creative. And the photos are gorgeous as always.

    Since today is Mardi Gras/Pancake Tuesday I just had to share this recipe with my readers. You can find it in this recipe round-up: http://www.munchinwithmunchkin.com/2012/02/21/happy-mardi-gras/

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. says

    Wow…these look great. Could you tell me the name of the store where you got the tea? I’m in Ottawa and maybe there’s a branch? If not, I’ll try our local Asian store. Claire @ The Food Refashionista.

    • says

      I got my green tea powder here but I’m pretty sure you would be able to get your hands on some at your local Asian store, and chances are you’ll get it a lot cheaper too. It’s worth paying them a little visit, I think! Plus, if you’re like me, you’ll end up leaving the store with a whole bunch of extra goodies and one or two new food discoveries. I just LOVE Asian food stores. :D

  5. Courtney says

    These pancakes are inspirational! I found your site online and once I read these pancakes I knew I have to try them! I ordered the Matcha online as I live in Germany and it is not something you can find at the regular store. It also took me three stores to hunt down Coconut Flour! I am waiting anxiously for the Matcha to come in so I can make these delicious looking pancakes!!!!

    • says

      Thanks a bunch Courtney! Glad I inspired you to try both Matcha and coconut flour! I bet you won’t regret it. They are 2 of my favorite food discoveries so far! I’m not sure that I would use all coconut flour in muffins, maybe use half coconut and half something else, like whole wheat or spelt, or even buckwheat flour or almond meal, if you wanted to keep this grain free.

      Whatever you decide to do, let me know how it went! :)

  6. Camila says

    Yummm these look amazing! I was wondering if there was anything I could substitute for the buttermilk as Im allergic? Cant let that keep me from making these pancakes!
    Thanks :)

    • says

      I read that you can make your own “buttermilk” by adding one tablespoon of white wine or cidar vinegar to any kind of non dairy milk­. I haven’t tried that yet though, to be honest. When I don’t have buttermilk, I usually sub half fat free Greek yogurt / half non dairy milk and add a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice. It’s worked for me every single time! It should definitely work with these pancakes! :)

  7. jess says

    I was looking forward to making these! Finally made them but unfortunately they’re too “eggy” for my taste. :(

      • jess says

        Yes, I did use coconut flour, but at the moment I have a bit of a cold… so that might have altered my taste buds! Haha should’ve mentioned that too! I’ll try them again when I can actually taste food properly :)

  8. hon err says

    Matcha= ground matcha green tea ( coffee grinder)
    Buttermilk= 1 cup Milk + 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice.
    Very simple…I’m surprised this wasn’t explained.

  9. says

    Just had these for breakfast…Yum! I used almond milk + ACV as a sub for buttermilk since dairy takes away some of the benefits of matcha. I also used one less egg because that’s all I had :). Turned out so great! I’m obsessed with matcha!

      • says

        Yes, I just read about it the other day. Here is the info:

        Should I mix Matcha with regular cow’s milk?
        It is not a good idea to drink matcha with regular milk as the beneficial compounds bind with dairy calcium and are removed before being absorbed into your body system. The oxylates in green tea bind with calcium. Drinking Matcha with almond, hemp or coconut milk is fine however I don’t recommend soy because of the acidity of this milk. These non-dairy milks do not counteract the antioxidants in the tea. Be sure to buy the varieties that do not have calcium added. Even though 100% of the good antioxidants/polyphenols do not bind with the calcium in cow’s milk it still is best to avoid the combination.

        That is from http://www.gotmatcha.com/questions_answers.html. I’ve read it in more than one place!

  10. Abrielle says

    Hi!

    I’ve tried the recipe pretty closely (I think) but it does not stick tgt, and it gets stuck on my pan.
    Do you have any idea where went wrong?

    As the batter looks pretty thick so I added another like 4-5 tbsp of milk to reach the desired consistency but it seems like it doesn’t work either…

  11. says

    It’s the second time in less than a week, that I have been send to your page thanks to Pinterest recipes. Seems like we have the same taste for healthy and delicious recipes. I’m maling this pancakes! Pinned!

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