Since May is Celiac awareness month, we couldn’t let the month slip by without highlighting a new to us gluten free product; these matcha pancakes from a mix are a real convenience on busy mornings!
When Hubs was first diagnosed with Celiac disease, it was so hard to find decent gluten free food. Our only choice was to make everything from scratch. Conveniences, like pancake mix, didn’t exist on the market. At any one time, we would have up to 10 different flours just to make decent tasting bread.
My, how times have changed! Our days of housing a dry goods store are long behind us, thanks to exciting new products like this:
The Downside of Many Gluten Free Foods
Now, here’s a little known fact. Do you know that everyday food items like breakfast cereals, bread, margarine, and even baby foods are all jazzed up with extra nutrients through fortification? But not gluten free foods. Maybe you’re a card carrying member of the Celiac club, like Hubs. In that case, you don’t get an invite to the party! It’s like grade school all over again 😉. Luckily, in our neck of the woods, there’s volunteer associations like Celiac Canada to help advocate for change.
Even without extra fortification, Organic Traditions matcha pancake mix can actually hold it’s own. It’s already a healthy mix of flours: certified gluten free oat flour, prebiotic rich green banana flour and healthy fat packed coconut flour. But the addition of matcha makes it a superfood. Matcha contains critical nutrients such as zinc and other essential minerals, B-complex, and vitamins A, C, E, K. So, if you’re eating gluten free like us and occasionally choosing pre-packaged food for convenience, consider making matcha pancakes from a mix like this.
Organic Traditions is not an affiliate link. But we do love organic, non GMO and gluten free products. Especially those that use superfood ingredients, like matcha. We’re always excited to try quality brands on the Unknown Chef! So if you’d like to try some too, you do get 20% off your first order. And shipping is free over $75 in Canada and $50 in the U.S.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of powdered green tea that originates from Japan. It is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. This is the same plant that is used to produce other varieties of tea. However, what sets matcha apart is its unique cultivation and preparation process.
Growing Matcha in shade for several weeks before harvesting, increases the chlorophyll content and gives the leaves a vibrant green color. After harvesting, the leaves are steamed, dried, and then ground into a fine powder using traditional stone mills. This grinding process ensures that the entire leaf is transformed into powder, allowing you to consume the whole tea leaf instead of just an infusion.
Matcha has a high concentration of antioxidants with health benefits, like supporting immune function and can even help slow down aging. Although It also contains caffeine, the energy boost from matcha is more balanced vs. the jittery effect of coffee.
It’s no secret that my favourite colour is green, so is it any wonder I’ve been on a matcha kick lately? You’ll see our recipe for refreshing creamy matcha popsicles tomorrow.
How to Make Matcha Pancakes from a Mix
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With just 3 ingredients, you’ll have breakfast on the table in no time.
When measuring dry ingredients, I like to use the back of a knife to get the exact amount.
Pancakes is one of those things that is ok to be a little lumpy; you don’t have to mix it perfectly smooth. If you wisk it all together in a large mixing cup like this, it’s easy to pour.
Our preferred way of cooking pancakes is with a pancake maker.
You can have four perfectly round pancakes cooking at the same time! Just wait for the pancake mix to bubble. Then close the lid and flip the whole thing over.
Open it back up again. While the first two pancakes finish on the other back, you can grease the now empty front section again and start the process over. Another must have for a quick pancake breakfast is a silicone brush!
Although our pancake maker is no longer available, this one on Amazon makes all 6 in one shot so you don’t have to keep them warm! It also works for arepas and even cookies when you only want a few and don’t want to heat the oven .
Instead of syrup, we melt coconut oil, add a little cinnamon and a sugar free substitute, like Swerve. Warm through your favourite fruits and serve.
If you love pancakes and waffles for breakfast, try our from scratch Belgian waffle recipe too.
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Matcha Pancakes from a Mix
- 3/4 cup matcha pancake mix
- 3/4 cup milk or water
- 2 tbsp oil, plus additional for brushing onto waffle maker we use grapeseed oil
- Mix wet ingredients in a large measurement cup for convenience of pouring. Wisk matcha pancake mix together with wet ingredients. Heat up a pancake maker. Brush each section with oil, using a silicone brush. Fill two sections with pancake. Allow to bubble. The first side should take around two minutes to cook, but it all depends on your pancake maker. Close the lid and flip to other side and cook for another minute or so.Open the lid.Repeat with brushing on oil and pouring the batter. Keep cooked pancakes warm in toaster oven set to 200 degrees.