Diane, A Broad
December 11, 2012

Matcha Pancakes


These bright green pancakes happened while I was in Nice, and hadn’t figured out how to turn on the oven yet. Of course, being far from home and lonely, I also had a huge sugar craving. What’s a sweet-toothed girl to do when there’s no way to make gooey cinnamon rolls or chewy cookies?


These hot cakes were a perfect answer. With a base of my usual hot-cakes-for-one recipe, with the intriguing addition of matcha (finely milled, high quality Japanese green tea) powder, they had a hint of floral bitterness that was the perfect foil for creamy butter and a big drizzle of syrup.


Matcha Pancakes

Yield: enough for 1 very hungry person or 2 sort of hungry people.

Matcha Pancakes


  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter (plus more for skillet)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch salt


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil or melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract. Add the flour, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt, and whisk 7-10 times, just until the batter comes together; the batter may and should be lumpy.
  2. Heat a heavy cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Brush with vegetable oil or butter. Using a 1/4 cup measure, dollop circles of pancake batter onto skillet. Wait until bubbles appear and pop on the surface, then flip the pancakes and cook for another minute or so. Stack pancakes and serve hot with butter and maple syrup.


Music to cook by: For Free [Joni Mitchell // Ladies of the Canyon]

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  • http://blondexambition.wordpress.com Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    I love the green hue matcha adds to baked goods (and pancakes!)… these look lovely!

    • http://dianeabroad.com/ Diane, A Broad

      Thank you! It’s such an unusual color for baked goods, isn’t it?

  • http://vintagetrinkets.blogspot.com Chelle

    nice! ure making my crave for pancakes all over again! :D

  • http://twitter.com/kfleisher Kasey F Hickey (@kfleisher)

    A friend of mine recently brought back some matcha powder from Japan and I’ve been waiting to use it in a special recipe. I love to start my Saturday mornings with pancakes, and am definitely making these!

    • http://dianeabroad.com/ Diane, A Broad

      Awesome. Let me know how they turned out!

  • http://www.foodpleasureandhealth.com Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health

    I have seen few recipes involves matcha powder and being a green tea lover, I have been looking for it but havent had any luck yet. These pancakes look soo good!!!!

    • http://dianeabroad.com/ Diane, A Broad

      Maybe try Amazon?

    • Sally Freeman

      you can get matcha at Mizubatea.com! :)

  • Steph

    Great recipe! Tried these this morning and loved the outcome. I used whole wheat pastry flour and halved the sugar; they were still fluffy and tender. Thank you!

    • http://dianeabroad.com/ Diane, A Broad

      Hooray! I’m glad they turned out so well for you.

  • http://FarOVale.wordpress.com rO

    Me too! Today I finally made them and the result was excellent! Thank you a lot!

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  • Seiji-kun

    Hello, first of all, what a great recipe! I only have one issue though. The resulting pancake doesn’t seem to rise as tall as yours in the picture, as mine are rather shorter/flatter. Perhaps I missed something or the way I am cooking is the problem? Taste wise it’s great :)