It’s October, not St. Patrick’s Day, I know, but I couldn’t resist DAVIDsTEA’s limited edition Pumpkin Pie Matcha, which is what made my pancakes green. I bought 2.5 oz of it thinking that would be a good amount & after making these pancakes, I bought more the next day. I couldn’t resist. I’m that person who loves pumpkin, but to be fair, I love all squash! The shaming of people who love pumpkin flavored things has become so mainstream that it’s now trendy to bully someone who loves autumnal flavors. I can’t tell you how many times people come into work, ask about our pumpkin flavored teas, & then apologize for being that person. Stop apologizing!!! I don’t apologize for being obsessed with sushi or chocolate, why should you apologize for being obsessed with an orange seasonal squash?! Madness, I tell you. /pumpkin rant.
Let’s talk more about matcha because not everyone’s heard of it & let’s face it, green is the new black. That’s right all you black tea lovers, green tea is getting its righteous revival–& I’m not even referencing Selena Gomez’s new album, but there, now I’ve plugged it because it’s pop royalty. Green tea was actually the first tea to be discovered, but black tea was made popular by the British, especially since it fared the journey from China to the UK much better than green tea. Green tea has fantastic health benefits (antioxidants, longevity, antibacterial properties, etc) & although it has a significantly shorter shelf-life than black tea (1 year-ish vs. several years), it’s making its comeback. While black tea is the most popular tea and makes up about 80% of the sales in the West, matcha is changing the game. So imagine a whole pound of beautiful Japanese green tea that has been pulverized & that’s what matcha is: powdered green tea. It’s not artificially colored, it’s just that beautiful & green. Not only are you reaping all the benefits of green tea, but you are now actually consuming entire tea leaves. Amazing, right?
Pumpkin Pie Matcha Pancakes
Let’s say you really want to attempt this recipe, but alas, DAVIDsTEA no longer supplies the Pumpkin Pie Matcha, so what do you do? Pretty easy, really: use 1 tablespoon of matcha (lowest grade is fine, you’re making pancakes not celebrating a job promotion) + 1 Tbsp canned pumpkin pie mix. Or you could just use 1 banana + 2 tsp matcha + 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning. The possibilities are endless with matcha & when you can sneak it into your breakfast, it’s all the better. I will not eat green eggs & ham, Sam, but I will definitely be eating some green pancakes.
BONUS SUPER FUN TIPS: If you’re not sold on the awesomeness of matcha or you just want to make some green pancakes right meow, try mashing up avocado or stick the eggs + butter + milk in a blender or food processor with some spinach et voilà green pancakes that are healthier than the typical pancake.