Fun fact: I’m a ridiculous holiday person. Like, I consistently make a fool out of myself to celebrate most holidays. HOWEVER, St. Patrick’s day has never really been my thang. I’m not sure why, it just never really resonated with me I guess. Maybe because I’m not a big drinker. But this year, I’ve decided to switch things up.
There is one thing I’ve always had in common with St. Patrick’s day, and that is a love for the color green. The best of all the colors, if you ask me (Bailey you weirdo). So what’s a healthy foodie who loves the color green to do on St. Patrick’s day to celebrate?
MAKE GREEN PANCAKES OF COURSE! (Well, they have a green-ish tint.)
Brilliant!!!! But how? What could I use to naturally color pancakes green?
Ahh yes, matcha. How convenient that I just got into the delicious green drink so I have some matcha powder on hand. Let me give you a lil matcha backstory so you can begin your matcha obsession as well.
Matcha is actually the powdered version of green tea leaves, so when you drink matcha (or consume the powder in other ways, like in pancakes) you are actually consuming the entire tea leaf as opposed to when you drink regular green tea where you’re just consuming the leaf-infused water. So why’s that matter? WELL, let me tell you.
When you discard the green tea leaves, you’re in turn discarding tons of antioxidants that you could be drinking in! Matcha is FULL of like a bajillion antioxidants to help the body fight aging and chronic diseases. One particular antioxidant which is found in matcha is EGCG, which stimulates thermogenesis (when fat in the body is burned to produce energy). OKAY score.
But while you may be convinced to try matcha already at this point, there’s still so much more to gain from it! Matcha also:
- is a natural detoxifying agent
- relaxes the mind and body
- contains chlorophyll and vitamins
- boosts your mood and concentration
SO, if you weren’t convinced before, I bet I’ve got you to hop on the matcha train now!!! And if not, you probably shouldn’t be following my blog because you clearly don’t care about your body (ooh, harsh). But anyways, I’ve gotten off topic.
GREEN PANCAKES PEOPLE.
And they’re healthy!!! Time to get festive and put fun colorful nutrients in yo body instead of fun colorful beer! Or, at least before you put the fun colorful beer in. Happy St. Patty’s Day, my peeps.
Green St. Patty’s Day Matcha Pancakes
- Heat a griddle to medium heat and grease with coconut oil.
- In a large bowl, combine matcha powder, oat flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and date sugar. Whisk to combine all ingredients and then make a well in the center.
- In a separate bowl, combine eggs, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and coconut extract.
- Add your wet ingredients to the well in your dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Pour about 1/3 cup batter onto the griddle to form each pancake until all the batter has been used up.
- Cook until you begin to see bubbles on top (about 2 minutes) and then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until cooked through.
- Serve topped with maple syrup and fresh coconut.