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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.

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Pea Protein Pancakes with Matcha and a Spicy Peanut Sauce

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: green, matcha, pancakes, pea flour, peanut sauce, savoury
Servings: 2 people
Author: Choclette

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 110 g gluten free wholemeal flour or buckwheat
  • 40 g pea protein flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 2 scant tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 rounded tsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp himalayan pink rock salt
  • grinding of black pepper
  • 300 ml water
  • 1 tsp coconut oil for frying

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tsp peanut oil or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion - finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
  • ¼ hot red chilli - finely chopped
  • 1 cm slice of ginger - finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free crunchy peanut butter
  • 150 ml water
  • ½ tsp tamari

Instructions

Pancakes

  • Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the middle and whisk in the water. Allow to stand for ten minutes, whilst you make the peanut sauce.
  • Heat a little of the coconut oil over a moderate heat in a large non-stick frying pan.
  • 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.
  • Repeat until all the batter is used up. I made ten.

Spicy Peanut Sauce

  • In a small pan, gently fry the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger in the oil for a few minutes until everything has softened.
  • Stir in the peanut butter, then add the water a little at a time, stirring all the while.
  • Simmer for a couple of minutes, then serve with the pancakes.

Notes

Serve with roasted vegetables of your choice.

 

These pea protein pancakes go to Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

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38 Comments

  1. Dom

    17th February 2017 at 5:17 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      17th February 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Any excuse for pancakes. I have more coming 🙂

      Reply
  2. Dannii

    17th February 2017 at 5:53 pm

    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 at 6:54 pm

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

      Reply
  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    17th February 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I love to add protein in my pancakes too. These look so inviting with pea protein.

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    • Choclette

      18th February 2017 at 9:49 am

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

      Reply
  4. kellie@foodtoglow

    17th February 2017 at 8:43 pm

    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 at 9:51 am

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

      Reply
  5. Jenny

    18th February 2017 at 8:32 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      18th February 2017 at 8:34 pm

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

      Reply
  6. Angela Milnes

    18th February 2017 at 8:42 pm

    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 at 9:08 pm

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

      Reply
  7. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    19th February 2017 at 12:13 pm

    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 at 6:18 pm

      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 🙂

      Reply
  8. Corina

    20th February 2017 at 11:39 am

    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 at 11:54 am

      Cheese sauce is THE best accompaniment to traditional pancakes Corina 🙂

      Reply
      • Corina

        23rd February 2017 at 9:43 pm

        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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        • Choclette

          23rd February 2017 at 10:06 pm

          Oops. sorry Corina. It should be working now.

          Reply
  9. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    20th February 2017 at 11:39 am

    O love a good savory pancakes! Now we can have pancakes for every meal!

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    • Choclette

      20th February 2017 at 11:54 am

      Well exactly Rebecca. Who needs bread? 😉

      Reply
  10. Ali from Home & Plate

    20th February 2017 at 1:09 pm

    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 at 2:28 pm

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

      Reply
  11. Elinor Kugler

    20th February 2017 at 1:31 pm

    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 at 2:30 pm

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

      Reply
  12. Platter Talk

    20th February 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Savory pancake? Sounds delicious & pea protein sounds interesting.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th February 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Pea protein is great stuff and so peas are so easy to grow too.

      Reply
  13. Tara

    20th February 2017 at 2:14 pm

    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 at 2:31 pm

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

      Reply
  14. Lisa | Garlic & Zest

    20th February 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Who doesn’t love pancakes? I make savory ones too, but I’ve never seen a combo like this before!

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    • Choclette

      20th February 2017 at 2:33 pm

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

      Reply
  15. Pretty

    20th February 2017 at 4:21 pm

    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 at 5:23 pm

      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.

      Reply
  16. Jacqueline Meldrum

    20th February 2017 at 9:33 pm

    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 at 4:42 pm

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

      Reply
  17. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    23rd February 2017 at 10:02 pm

    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 at 5:07 pm

      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.

      Reply
  18. greentea benefits

    5th January 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Does this need to be made with a specific matcha powder?
    I have Tenzo Tea’s organic matcha but a lot of them look the same.

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    • Choclette

      7th January 2019 at 3:40 pm

      I don’t think it matters what type of matcha you use for most cooking purposes. You probably don’t want the finest grade as it will be more expensive.

      Reply

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