These matcha pancakes are gluten free, grain free, and easily made paleo! They're healthy while also being super moist and fluffy, and easy!
One of my favorite ingredients, white whole wheat flour, is officially nowhere to be found. I've been trying my best to find flour alternatives to preserve my only half-bag left, which has resulted in using a lot of almond flour.
And it made me realize: why don't I use this stuff more? The almond flour-recipe series started with these pancakes and I have a lot to say about them.
I had no idea that healthy pancakes could be this fluffy. I have tried so many healthy pancake recipes and this one is easily my favorite. It's so moist and light, and it's also extremely easy! You can have yourself a nice stack of pancakes in less than 10 minutes.
Using almond flour also allows this recipe to be gluten free, grain free, and easily made paleo. The slight hint of almond flavor pairs perfectly with the green tea--one of the best flavors to exist (in my opinion lol).😂
So, how do you make fluffy pancakes without gluten? The answer is eggs.
You don't need to whip them for long, and you don't even need an electric mixer (although you're welcome to use one). Just 1-2 minutes of hand whisking to get the air in and create air bubbles.
You also need baking powder and baking soda, a bit more than you would use in most pancake recipes, just because you want them to be light and airy.
To make them moist, you need avocado oil. It's full of healthy fats and not highly processed like most vegetable oils. Avocado oil is one of my favorite ways to keep a moist cake.
Matcha powder gives these pancakes the green tea flavor I'm obsessed with. If you like the flavor to be more subtle, feel free to reduce the amount.
Salt and vanilla extract are the flavor enhancers, and they are very important to bring out the flavor. Vanilla can be omitted if you don't have it, but without salt, they will be a bit bland.
This recipe only has a few ingredients, but they can be swapped to meet your needs, whether it be for availability or dietary reasons.
Milk: any kind will work here. I usually use low-fat milk, but you can use nonfat, full fat, lactose free, or even dairy free ones like almond or oat.
Cane sugar: I use the unrefined kind, just because it's easier and more affordable than other natural sweeteners. To make it paleo, you can substitute the sugar with maple syrup, but use about a tablespoon less milk since syrup is more liquidy than sugar. I haven't tried coconut sugar, but if that's what you have, go for it.
In the recipe, I wrote it as 2-3 tablespoons of cane sugar, but you can even use 1 (it just won't be very sweet). I usually use 3 since I don't put syrup on my pancakes, but if you do, it's best to use less.
Avocado oil: olive oil will work, and so will melted coconut oil. You can use canola or vegetable oil if that's all you have, just keep in mind that these are more processed and refined.
I really hope you like this recipe! If you decide to make it, be sure to post a picture and tag me @nutritiousdelights on Instagram--I'd love to see it!❤️
Gluten Free Matcha Pancakes
- 2 cups finely sifted blanched almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 8 teaspoons matcha powder use less for a more subtle flavor
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2-3 tablespoons cane sugar* use less if you put syrup on your pancakes
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup avocado oil or olive
- ¼ cup milk any kind, can be dairy free
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and matcha powder. Make sure there are no lumps.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs for 1-2 minutes, until they become airy and foamy. whisk in the sugar, oil, vanilla and milk, then fold in the dry ingredients. Do not overmix.
- Spray a nonstick pan with oil and heat to medium. Scoop ¼ cup (or less for small pancakes, more for bigger) and pour it in the pan. Do not spread it; it spreads by itself. Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for an additional minute. If you are doing multiple batches, wipe off the old oil and add a new coat, otherwise it will burn.
- Serve warm with desired toppings.