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Matcha Pancakes with White Chocolate Sauce

Updated on February 3, 2014
green tea pancakes
green tea pancakes

Matcha Pancakes drizzed with white chocolate? You bet!

My earliest memories of pancakes was when I was around nine. After insistent nagging on my part, my mother let me tag along with her to a local greasy diner where she ordered us a plate of hot and fluffy pancakes. For me, it was love at first bite. Since that day, pancakes has become one of my favorite things to eat. In fact, you'll find me ordering pancakes not only for breakfast, but sometimes even for dinner. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.

Once again, I found myself with an intense carving for pancakes, a craving I knew all too well. I was having major pancake withdrawals. I succumbed to my cravings and decided to make a personal favorite-Matcha Pancakes with White Chocolate Sauce. I've always wanted to incorporate matcha ( powdered green tea ) into pancakes, not only for its numerous health benefits, but also for it's pleasantly fragrant flavor. Through trial and error, I finally came up with a recipe worthy of sharing.

Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

The matcha powder is incorporated into the pancake batter while the white chocolate sauce complements the slight bitterness of the green tea. Dusting it with powdered sugar, a sprinkling of strawberries and a squeeze of lemon brings the complex tastes together in perfect harmony. Maple syrup is optional.

Photo credit-Shinichi Mine

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • Pancakes:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • pat of butter
  • White Chocolate Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 lb white chocolate chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional toppings:
  • powdered sugar
  • diced strawberries
  • squeeze of lemon

Instructions

  1. To make the white chocolate cream, put cream and butter in a saucepan.
  2. Heat over low heat until butter melts and cream comes to simmer stirring constantly.
  3. Pour hot cream over chocolate in a bowl. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  4. Stir in the vanilla. Put aside.
  5. To make the pancakes, add flour, matcha powder and salt into a bowl. Stir until combined.
  6. Crack egg into the bowl. Add yogurt and milk. Whisk to combine well.
  7. Place a frying pan over medium heat and add a little butter.
  8. Using a ladle, pour a little mixture into the pan.
  9. Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side. Flip and cook the other side for a minute or so.
  10. Slide pancake onto a warmed plate and keep warm while you finish cooking the rest of the pancakes.
  11. Drizzle the white chocolate sauce over the pancakes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and strawberries.
  12. Drizzle with lemon juice for added tartness if you like.
Ryu Mei Japanese Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder, Kyoto Standard, 3.5 oz. (Pack of 2)
Ryu Mei Japanese Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder, Kyoto Standard, 3.5 oz. (Pack of 2)

High-quality matcha is worth the extra price and Ryu Mei is harvested in Kyoto, where the best green tea leaves can be found. Just a little goes a long way. Drink it daily as a super-healthy refreshing drink or use a little in your cooking for a boost of antioxidants and flavor.

 
10" Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Coating from Germany (100% PTFE and PFOA Free)
10" Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Coating from Germany (100% PTFE and PFOA Free)

Ever since I purchased my first ceramic frying pan last summer, the only regret I have is that I didn't buy one sooner. I can't believe how much easier it is to cook with it, not to mention the ease of cleaning after use. 100% PTFE and PFOA free so it's absolutely safe without harmful toxins.

 
Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack
Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack

What I love about this pancake cookbook is that it includes not only the sweet side of my favorite food, it has recipes for those that like savory ones. Some standouts include ginger pear, chai tea and chocolate pistachio pancakes. Savory ones include gouda potato pancakes, duck-fat pancakes, and kimchi fritters. Your standard pancake recipes can be found as well as tips on making the perfect pancakes every single time.

 

What are some of your favorite kind of pancakes? Do you like matcha? Please feel free to leave your comments here. Thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jess Martell: Oh yes, let me know how it turns out!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks Janis. I hope you like it.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Oh these look so delicious! Wish I had some right now.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @chrisilouwho: Great! Please let me know how your pancakes turned out.

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      Jess Martell 3 years ago

      These sound delicious. I'll have to give them a try when I'm home next and have an available kitchen :)

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      These look really amazing! I have some Japanese matcha powder in my pantry, I think I'll try this recipe soon. Thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: thank you. They certainly were!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Elsie Hagley: It was my pleasure making them as well as eating them.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: Oh they are good!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ecogranny: Thanks so much Grace. matcha is great and a versatile ingredient in recipes.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RinchenChodron: It's perfect for Valentine's or birthdays. And anniversaries! hehe

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Craftymarie: I hope you get to try these. They are yummy!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Yes it is!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You know the saying "A way to a mans heart is through cooking" .... well a way to my heart is through your cooking :) Love all your recipes!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan Zutautas: haha. Thanks Susan!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Pam Irie: I do hope you enjoy this recipe.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Brite-Ideas: Oh, this was just delicious.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thanks Vinny

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      These look truly spectacular!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I could eat these anytime not only for a valentine treat, the white chocolate looks very yummy, that i can just about taste it now. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Well, YUM! These look so good!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      One of the things I love about Squidoo is learning something totally new. Until now, I had never heard of matcha powder, so I thank you for the introduction. Those pancakes look positively scrumptious, and I can imagine them being a wonderful dessert treat as well. Congratulations on your feature on "What's for Breakfast, Squidoo?"

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      These pancakes look like a great valentines treat! Or other times of the year such as birthdays or anniversaries.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      Oh my goodness, your recipe lenses are really wonderful - always so very tempting. These pancakes would be a real treat.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      A nice valentine's day breakfast too!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I will def have to try the green tea powder in some cooking. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. My husband will adore the white chocolate sauce too. :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      wow, that looks incredible..NOW I'm hungry

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Yummy!