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Pea Protein Pancakes with Matcha & Spicy Peanut Sauce (vegan + gf)

Pea Protein Pancakes

Pancakes are always a treat, but I have a particularly soft spot for savoury pancakes. My dinner time treat, when I was a child, was wholemeal pancakes with cheese sauce – utter bliss. These pea protein pancakes include matcha for flavour and colour and are served with a spicy peanut sauce. They are vegan, gluten free and most importantly, tasty.

Pea Protein Pancakes

I’ve been a fan of Indigo Herbs now for some time. They’re an online independent retailer based in Glastonbury who provide high quality nutritious ingredients, most of which are organic. I’ve used lots of their products over the years, but I’d never tried pea protein powder – until now! The powder is not, as you might expect, green. It’s a sort of orange colour; it’s made from organic yellow peas and is a favourite with athletes as it has a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids.  I’m not renowned for my athleticism, so maybe this is the mystery ingredient that will get me sprinting to the allotment to harvest the first flush of spring greens. It also appealed to me as it’s high antioxidant level is said to help with memory and concentration – or have I already said that?

Pea Protein Pancakes

Pancake Day is fast approaching and I’ve been thinking of little else since the 1st of February. I can’t help it, I get excited by pancakes. Pea flour, I reckoned, would make some tasty and nutritious pancakes, but I wanted them to be green. I loved the colour of these kale pancakes and it just seems as thought peas work better if they are green. Cue matcha powder. I adore the flavour and colour of Japanese matcha green tea, both as a drink and in baking. It too is loaded with antioxidants and is meant to be super healthy. This one from Indigo Herbs is particularly fine as it’s the highest ceremonial grade and is also organic. Green is for go!

Pea Protein Pancakes

I mixed some wholemeal gluten free flour and pea powder as the base for the pea protein pancakes. It was then just a case of whisking in the matcha, some chia seeds to help with binding, salt, pepper and gluten free baking powder, then combining with water. I used a little coconut oil for frying, but the pancakes were mostly fat free.

Pea Protein Pancakes

The resulting pea protein pancakes were not only green, but delicious too. They had a umami tone and a slight note of bitterness which made them perfect vehicles for a variety of savoury accompaniments. I went with sweet roasted vegetables and a spicy hot crunchy peanut sauce; this created a glorious contrast of colours, flavours and textures.

Pea Protein Pancakes with Matcha and a Spicy Peanut Sauce
Serves 2
Savoury green pancakes that are nutritious and delicious. Serve with roasted vegetables and a spicy crunchy peanut sauce for a glorious contrast of colours, flavours and textures.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Pancakes
  1. 110g gluten free wholemeal flour or buckwheat
  2. 40g pea protein flour
  3. 1½ tsp baking powder
  4. 2 scant tsp matcha green tea powder
  5. 1 rounded tsp chia seeds
  6. ¼ tsp himalayan pink rock salt
  7. grinding of black pepper
  8. 300ml water
  9. 1 tsp coconut oil for frying
Spicy Peanut Sauce
  1. 1 tsp peanut oil or coconut oil
  2. 1 small onion - finely chopped
  3. 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
  4. ¼ hot red chilli - finely chopped
  5. 1cm slice of ginger - finely chopped
  6. 2 tbsp sugar-free crunchy peanut butter
  7. 150ml water
  8. ½ tsp tamari
Pancakes
  1. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the middle and whisk in the water. Allow to stand for ten minutes, whilst you make the peanut sauce.
  3. Heat a little of the coconut oil over a moderate heat in a large non-stick frying pan.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the pan. Cook until a few bubbles have risen to the surface (about 3 mins), then turn and cook the other side for a further 3 minutes.
  5. Repeat until all the batter is used up. I made ten.
Spicy Peanut Sauce
  1. In a small pan, gently fry the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger in the oil for a few minutes until everything has softened.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter, then add the water a little at a time, stirring all the while.
  3. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then serve with the pancakes.
Notes
  1. Serve with roasted vegetables of your choice.
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Meat Free MondaysThese pea protein pancakes go to Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

 

 

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Dom
    17th February 2017

    oooh, look at the colour of those! So intriguing. Love the peanut sauce too. So glad it’s pancake day coming up, I do adore pancakes

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    Dannii
    17th February 2017

    I often see pea protein in vegetarian food, but I have never cooked with it myself. These look like some delicious and protein packed pancakes.

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      Choclette
      17th February 2017

      I can’t say as they got me sprinting around the block, but they were delicious and make for a good healthy meal.

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      Choclette
      18th February 2017

      I normally make my pancakes with eggs, so they don’t really need any additional protein. Vegan pancakes are a different thing all together.

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    kellie@foodtoglow
    17th February 2017

    I prefer savoury pancakes to sweet too, and love making soccas to top with whatever is fresh and hopefully seasonal. Your mix of pea protein (I have only used mine in smoothies) and flour is a great idea. Trying this!

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      Choclette
      18th February 2017

      Soccas are delicious. I should really make them more often. Thank you for the reminder.

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    Jenny
    18th February 2017

    I love pancakes but have never tried making savoury ones before.

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      Choclette
      18th February 2017

      Savoury pancakes are my favourite Jenny. Why not give some a try this year?

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    Angela Milnes
    18th February 2017

    wow these look super yummy and It’s not something I’ve tried before. I will have to add this to my boards on Pinterest.

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      Choclette
      18th February 2017

      Please do Angela and if you’re brave you could try them for Pancake Day 😉

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    19th February 2017

    I love savoury pancakes too – we often have them sweet for breakfast but I now think I want some with cheese sauce – sounds delicious – the green pancakes sound like fun – I would try the peanut sauce if not for the peanut allergy in the family 🙁

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      Choclette
      19th February 2017

      Agh no, you don’t want to risk peanut contamination Johanna. How about almonds? Almond butter could work well. But cheese sauce would work wonderfully too 🙂

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    Corina
    20th February 2017

    I also prefer savoury pancakes to sweet ones and these sound really delicious and inventive. I have to say I also like the sound of your childhood favourites with the cheese sauce!

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      Choclette
      20th February 2017

      Cheese sauce is THE best accompaniment to traditional pancakes Corina 🙂

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        Corina
        23rd February 2017

        Definitely! And thank you so much for adding my leek pancakes to the post but the link doesn’t seem to be working.

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    Ali from Home & Plate
    20th February 2017

    Who says you can’t have pancakes for dinner. These are perfect and looks like a healthy way to eat your pancakes. They would be perfect for St. Paddy’s Day too. The spicy peanut sauce must be the “syrup” on top. Yum.

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      Choclette
      20th February 2017

      Well exactly Ali 🙂 And yes, these would be perfect for St Patrick’s Day.

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    Elinor Kugler
    20th February 2017

    I too get excited when it comes to pancakes! 🙂 And I’m loving these savory ones. They sound Super Delicious!

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      Choclette
      20th February 2017

      Thanks Elinor. I reckon the word needs to be spread on savoury pancakes.

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    Tara
    20th February 2017

    Ooh, I don’t make savory pancakes nearly enough. I have never tried pea protein powder before. These look delicious, especially with that peanut sauce.

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      Choclette
      20th February 2017

      Thanks Tara. I adore peanut sauce, but hardly ever make it. These pancakes seemed like the perfect vehicle.

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      Choclette
      20th February 2017

      Hehe Lisa, I like to surprise where I can. The combination works really well though.

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    Pretty
    20th February 2017

    I love savoury pancakes too, it’s funny how pea protein isn’t green, I drink it after a workout. I will have to try making these pancakes with it.

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      Choclette
      20th February 2017

      Yes, I was expecting the pea protein to be green, but you live and learn. It’s good stuff, whatever the colour and interesting to hear you use it regularly.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    20th February 2017

    One thing I’ve never done is savoury pancakes. Maybe it is time I tried some. Well actually I sometimes make yeasted pancakes, so I suppose they are savoury, although I use them as wraps rather than a main meal. Thanks for linking to me.

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      Choclette
      21st February 2017

      Savoury pancakes are my favourite – cheese sauce, tomato sauce, fried egg and chilli sauce and now spicy peanut sauce 😉

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    23rd February 2017

    Savoury pancakes make such a great meal don’t they? These one’s sound pretty unusual, but quite yummy, especially with spicy peanut sauce…..
    Oh…. and happy 8th blog birthday too! x

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      Choclette
      26th February 2017

      Thanks Kate. Time flies when you’re having fun 😉 I love savoury pancakes, they feel like a real treat, when actually they’re quite basic and simple.

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