These aren’t your Grandma’s pancakes. They are gluten-free and vegan and full of energizing superfoods like lemon, blueberries, matcha, and acai. And oh, by the way, they are semi-homemade and probably the most delicious pancakes you will ever taste. Think brunch at a 5-star spa/resort.
After reading the title, I’m guessing your reaction is in one of the following categories:
- What the heck is matcha and acai? And why are you ruining a perfect pancake with it… whatever it is?
- Not too sure about this, but I’m willing to trust your opinion and give it a try.
- I’ve been hearing a lot about matcha and acai… maybe this is the push to get me to try them.
- OMG you are the coolest blogger on the planet! I have dedicated boards just for matcha and acai – PINNED!
Which category do you fall into?
Lemon and matcha go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like Batman and Robin. Like Danny and Sandy. But when you add just a splash of lime, it adds some great depth to the flavor, and honestly, I think the flavor becomes exactly what it’s supposed to be. My favorite matcha is Sencha. It’s a milder matcha but if you like the full flavor, then Matcha Love is for you!
In addition to fresh lemon juice and zest, I like to add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil, it really enhances the already yummy lemon flavor.
Adding chia seeds makes this pancake a wanna-be lemon poppy seed pancake. It’s like taking a perfect pancake and making it better.
And then the compote. Oh don’t get me started on the compote. I used an organic raspberry jam – you can use any kind of berry flavor – along with frozen blueberries, acai powder, and maple syrup. It does go on top of a pancake so it has to have maple syrup, right?
I love pancakes. Love them! I think these pancakes are very close to being one of my all-time favorite foods.
You might be asking… “what exactly are these superfoods and why should I care?”
The health benefits/uses of lemon include: throat infections, indigestion, rheumatism, high blood pressure, immunity, and cleansing.
Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. It is packed with antioxidants, boots metabolism, detoxifies, calms and energizes at the same time, and provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium.
The health benefits of chia seeds include: high in antioxidants, digestive support, high in fiber, high plant protein, high in calcium, support natural detoxification, reduce inflammation, high in omega-3 ALA, heart health, lower cholesterol, AND… they are gluten-free and “typically” non-GMO and grown organic.
Acai is loaded with antioxidants, essential amino acids, and many other nutrients including resveratrol, polyphenols, and flavonoids. PS – it’s pronounced either “Ah-Sigh” or “Ah-Sigh-EE.”
Last but not least, the superest of all superfoods – the tiny little blueberry. Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruits and vegetables. The antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a family of polyphenols called flavonoids. They help to protect our bodies from damage by free radicals.
Have I convinced you yet?
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And then of course… last but not least… fresh fruit on top.
Lemon Matcha Pancake Recipe
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Have I made you into a matcha lover yet?
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I fall into both 1 & 4 at the same time. I haven’t had breakfast yet, and now I’m suddenly ravenous for a big plate of these pancakes.
Hi Susan – I’m eating some now! Hugs, Holly
I’ve not had Matcha before, but will now! Also thinking I may add my protein powder to these lovely cakes 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration.
Hi D – Yep, the vanilla protein powder will be awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly
Wow! Super packed, super food pancakes. I’m drooling and I am a big matcha fan! Wonderful job here. Pinning!
Hi Lori – Great to see you again and thanks so much for pinning! Hugs, Holly
This not only looks delicious, but sounds delicious. I like that it is so healthy for you! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at Create Link Inspire 🙂
Hi Little Tourist – They are my go-to on a regular basis! Thank you for stopping by to share! Hugs, Holly
Oh my goodness gracious, this looks divine!!!! I especially your food-tography 🙂 totally pinning, have a great day! xo
Hi Jess – Thank you for your kind words! Food-tography – LOVE that word! Thanks so much for pinning too and I hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly
Looks great! Any idea what the calories and macros are in the recipe or per serving? And sorry if it says it somewhere but how many servings does this recipe make?
Hi Katie – Since I do the semi-homemade, I generally go with the servings on the box, so I think for this around 6 or so, depending on how big or small they are. And so sorry, I am not versed in how to do calories and nutrition on my recipes yet… hopefully someday! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly
Please do your “homework” on almond milk…