My freshman year of college, I brought a box of 200 tea bags with me to school, as well as a collection of cute mugs from which to drink my tea. My roommate and I bonded over our mutual love for tea, each morning trying a different flavor from the box. I discovered so many new flavors, some which helped calm me down, some which got rid of sore throats, and others which gave me an extra boost of energy when I needed it the most.
Though I’ve never liked the taste of coffee, I have always loved tea. I get this from my mom, who loves green tea and for years would only drink that instead of coffee. For as long as I can remember, my Mom’s go to Starbucks drink has been a Non-Fat Venti Green Tea Latte, no syrup. I never really understood what this meant, but looking back I now realize she has basically been drinking matcha lattes since before they were cool.
So what is matcha? Well it’s a bit different than green tea- instead of a bag of whole tea leaves, the leaves are ground up into an incredibly fine powder. That’s why people always use a fancy whisk when they make matcha drinks- without this step you are left with chunks of bitter powder in every sip (which, trust me, doesn’t taste good). Plus, because you’re consuming the entire leaf, you are consuming a ton of antioxidants. Lets just say that while spinach scoes a 12.6 on the ORAC scale of antioxidants, matcha has a 1,573…
I love 1% or almond milk matcha lattes with no sweetener- I love the bitter taste! When I buy my own matcha, I always check for two things: One, that it is from Japan, and Two, that there is no added sugar- this is how I know I will receive the most benefits from my matcha.
I also love playing around with matcha by adding it to different recipes. My latest obsession? Matcha pancakes… GF, DF, and delicious I could eat these guys every day of the week. They’re slightly bitter, which I think makes them pair great with some nut butter and fresh berries, while my dad loves them with a bit of fresh maple syrup on top. So eat your pancakes and get your antioxidants, too! Never thought you’d hear that, did you?
Have you tried matcha yet? What do you think?
Makes 10 2” pancakes
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1 banana
- 2/3 cup oat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Dash of cinnamon
- Nut butter or maple syrup
Place all ingredients except the EVOO in a blender and blend until thoroughly mixed. Heat a pan on the stove with a light coating of EVOO. Once hot, pour the batter into 2 inch rounds. Once the top side starts to bubble and the pancake looks thick, flip, about 2 minutes.
Place your favorite toppings on the pancakes and enjoy!