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 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.
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?
And then of course… last but not least… fresh fruit on top.
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Have I made you into a matcha lover yet?
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