Anyone who knows me knows three things about me. 1) I love to bake 2) I have an deep rooted tea addiction and an extensive collection that fills an entire dresser and cupboard full of different teas (I could 100% stock a tea shop) and 3) I have a serious obsession with all things Titanic (not really relevant to this post but it is one of the top three things anyone who knows me even a little bit would know). My love affair with tea began with my mom. She has always loved tea and used to go as far as to dress me in clothing and decorate my childhood bedroom in materials that had tea inspired motifs and prints. As far as tea is concerned I can enjoy nearly every kind of tea. Lucky for me (and all of the other tea grannies out there), tea seems to be quickly gaining popularity as more than a delicious, healthy, healing drink but as something that is trendy. Tea shops such as Murchies, Teavana and David’s Tea (my favorite) are growing and expanding rapidly as people are becoming more and more aware of the drink’s health benefits, both physically, mentally, and emotionally.
One form of tea that has become more popular in particular is matcha tea. Matcha is a powdered form of green tea from Japan. Matcha is rich in nutrients such as chlorophyll, selenium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. It is also high in caffeine but also contains something called L-theanine which has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and promote an overall sense of calm and wellbeing. It is even said that monks have chosen matcha over other beverages to aid in their meditation, to create an calm sense of alertness and focus. Matcha is definitely a “superfood” of the moment but for good reason as it is filled with nutrients and antioxidants. It’s easy to enjoy on a regular basis. Even if you’re not a tea person, simply slip a spoonful in your smoothie or baked goods. I added them to my pancakes along with some raspberries and was very pleased with the results. The matcha and vanilla combined to create a flavor reminiscent of green tea icecream. The slight floral bitterness of the matcha complemented the sticky sweetness of the syrup and berries. There are a ton of recipes available for green tea pancakes but the one I used was this one here.
I love to eat pancakes any time of day, any day of the week. My boyfriend and I usually make milk chocolate chip pancakes on our mornings off together but I think next time we have a pancake breakfast I am going to have to make these and see what he thinks. Purely from an aesthetic point of view, green pancakes with dots of red raspberries are just gorgeous. Pair with an iced matcha latte for a pretty, delicious and somewhat healthy summer breakfast (or lunch, or dinner).