Green Pancakes! Matcha and Hemp Pancake Recipe by @Cuteveg

Today we're featuring a guest blog post by the amazing vegan blogger @cuteveg. Be sure to check out her website www.cuteveg.com show some warm Akasha love!

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Matcha and Hemp Pancakes

by Joua

Howdy macadamia nuts, I'm going to share with you my earthy and delicious matcha and hemp cakes, topped with tahini, seeds, cacao nibs and all sorts of nutritional goodness. 

This is a collaboration with the wonderful, sustainable and reusable bottle brand @we.akasha(Instagram) https://www.weakasha.co.uk/ . Akasha, hold all the essential values of an ethical, economically friendly and sustainable company. Their BPA free bottle not only keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours but also manages to keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours. By using reusable bottles every day, we as a society can reduce the consumption of plastic bottles, which are killing wildlife, natural habitats and polluting the ocean. I wholeheartedly believe in their principles and you should definitely consider purchasing their pristine bottles.

I love incorporating matcha tea into my diet. Matcha tea powder boosts your metabolism from the polyphenol, called EGCG, or Epigallocatechin gallate, which is a natural phenol and antioxidant. Antioxidants are vital to slow down signs of ageing and fighting chronic diseases, the more we consume, the higher chance we have on fighting off infections and diseases. Matcha has several times more antioxidants than superfoods like: goji berries, blueberries and acai berries, all which are considered antioxidant powerhouses. Another wonderful benefit of matcha tea, is that although the caffeine contents in one cup is equivalent to around one cup of brewed coffee, the buzz you get from the caffeine is clean and calming which surprisingly can help aid in getting a good nights sleep, if consumed around six hours before you go to bed.

Let's not forget the wonderful hemp protein in these pancakes! Many people tell me that hemp is equivalent to consuming cannabis, which is untrue and rather funny and bizarre haha. However, both hemp and cannabis come from the Cannabis Sativa variety. Although they are closely related, they both have very different properties and benefits, hemp contains only a few traces of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol concentration in comparison to cannabis. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis which changes the brain function. Moreover, hemp seeds contain two of the most essential healthy fats that are needed for our body to function: linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3). They are a great source of protein, I currently use organic hemp protein in my smoothies, baking and pancakes and prefer it much more than the mainstream, manufactured and processed protein powders consumed by many people. To conclude, let me just tell you that tahini and pancakes are best friends and should always be paired together, that is all ^-^ 

Ingredients

1/2 cup -  Oats

1 tbsp -  Hemp protein powder (or ground hemp seeds if thats is more readily available)                                                                                                                

1tsp - Organic matcha green tea powder

1 large ripe banana 

1 tsp flax seeds (optional)

1 cup plant milk (or enough till the consistency is pancake-batter like)

Coconut oil to grease the pan (or use a non-stick pan)

Toppings

Tahini

Agave syrup

Sunflower seeds

Cacao nibs

Sliced bananas

Kiwi

A dust of matcha green snow to finish it all

Blend all the ingredients till they are smooth and pan fry the batter in small pancake sizes till air bubbles appear on the surface and then flip like you're Matilda!