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Matcha Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

17/08/2023

Brighten up your morning with our 20 minute matcha Greek yoghurt pancakes. Stack, slather and savour this nourishing breakfast topped with creamy yoghurt and fresh berries.

A drizzle of maple syrup slides down the front of a stack of matcha pancakes.

Why We Love This

We LOVE pancakes and will eat them any chance we can get! They are perfect on a chill Sunday morning (or anytime really).

Sarah’s matcha pancakes with Greek yoghurt are the perfect fusion of sweet pancake with rich matcha flavour. Enjoy them as a healthy brekkie or even a sweet and decadent dessert!

Related: Poffertjes – Dutch Mini Pancakes / Serabi Kuah – Coconut Pandan Pancakes

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A stack of matcha pancakes shows a portion cut out to see the fluffy individual layers of each pancake.

What are Matcha Greek Yoghurt Pancakes? 

Also known as matcha green tea pancakes. This is Sarah’s little experimentation of regular matcha pancakes with a twist using Greek yoghurt to make them a little lighter and healthier.

You’ll usually find matcha pancakes at matcha speciality stores in areas like the main shopping street in Kyoto, Japan. They’re usually sold alongside favourites like matcha parfait and matcha ice cream.

What You’ll Need

  • Flour – Self raising flour makes this recipe nice and quick. If using all purpose flour, add in a teaspoon of baking powder as well.
  • Sugar – We generally use caster sugar or white sugar. You could sub with raw sugar or coconut sugar if you prefer.
  • Matcha Powder – We use unsweetened culinary grade matcha powder which is perfect for cooking. It’s also a little cheaper than ceremonial grade matcha intended for drinking only. If you only have ceremonial grade matcha, you can still use it in this recipe, and it will probably taste even better, it will just be a lot more expensive.
  • Egg – We love to use extra large free range eggs which are usually around 58g each.
  • Greek Yoghurt & Milk – Greek yoghurt adds a little extra tang, and the extra protein helps make the pancakes light and airy. You can even serve your pancakes with extra Greek yoghurt once they’re cooked! Milk helps to smooth out the batter.
  • Butter – We love the flavour butter adds to pancakes. Sub with coconut oil if you prefer.
Ingredients laid out ready to make matcha greek yoghurt pancakes.

How to Make Matcha Pancakes with Greek Yoghurt

First, gather your ingredients: See recipe card below for measurements.

  1. Whisk the self raising floursugar and matcha powder in a large mixing bowl until the matcha is evenly mixed through the flour.
  2. Add the eggGreek yoghurt and milk. Slowly whisk into a smooth, slightly runny batter. Tip: See our recipe video to check the consistency. If your mixture isn’t runny enough, stir in another small splash of milk.
  3. Heat a small scoop of butter (around ½-1 tsp) in a large frying pan or skillet over low to medium heat. Pour in a ladleful of batter and allow it to spread out into a wide circle.
  4. Cook for around 2-3 mins until lots of bubbles start popping on the surface and the edges start to become crispy and golden brown, then flip and cook the other side for another 2-3 mins.
  5. Serve with your favourite toppings, such as more yoghurtwhipped creammaple syrup and/or fresh berries! For extra garnish, add slivered almonds and a sprinkling of matcha powder.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Heat – Cooking on medium low gives plenty of time for the pancakes to rise and cook through without risk of burning.
  • Non Stick – We recommend a non-stick pan for stress free cooking!
  • Shape – Cook one pancake at a time for nice even circles. Cook multiple pancakes at a time if you don’t care about the shape and just want delicious(ly wonky) pancakes faster – this is what we usually do!

FAQs

Can I make these vegan?

Yes you can, with a few easy swaps:

– Use coconut yoghurt instead of Greek yoghurt.
– Use your choice of plant milk instead of dairy milk (such as coconut milk or soy, oat or almond milk). 
– Cook the pancakes in coconut oil instead of butter.

What else can I use the matcha powder for?

Culinary grade matcha is perfect for baking green tea matcha cookies or infusing into homemade matcha ice cream. You can even make your own seasoned matcha green tea salt – perfect for sprinkling over fries or even homemade takoyaki

If you only have ceremonial grade matcha, you could use it in matcha lattes.

Can I make these pancakes gluten-free?

If you really want to make these pancakes gluten free, swap the flour for gluten free flour. Then, separate the egg white from the egg yolk. Mix the yolk into the batter, then whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped egg whites very gently into the pancake batter until just mixed, but don’t over do it! The air trapped in the egg whites should help to keep the pancakes light and fluffy instead of thin and dense. PLEASE NOTE we haven’t tested this method personally yet, so try this at your own experimentation!

Variations

  • Tweak the Flavour – Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and/or a pinch of salt into the batter before cooking.
  • Make it a Cake – Stack the pancakes on top of each other, with a layer of thick yoghurt or cream in between. Serve topped with an extra light sprinkle of matcha and berries on top. 
  • Extra Fun – Stir in a handful (or two!) of white choc chips or crushed macadamias into the batter.
A stack of green pancakes topped with yoghurt and berries.

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A bright green stack of matcha pancakes with berries and yoghurt on top.

Matcha Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

Brighten up your morning with our 20 minute matcha Greek yoghurt pancakes. Stack, slather and savour this nourishing breakfast topped with creamy yoghurt and fresh berries.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 10 Pancakes
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $8

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Whisk the self raising flour, sugar and matcha powder in a large mixing bowl until the matcha is evenly mixed through the flour.
    1 ½ cups self raising flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • Add the egg, Greek yoghurt and milk. Slowly stir into a smooth, slightly runny batter. Tip: See our recipe video to check the consistency. If your mixture isn’t runny enough, stir in another small splash of milk.
    1 egg, ½ cup Greek yoghurt, ½ cup milk
  • Heat a small scoop of butter (around ½-1 tsp) in a large frying pan or skillet over low to medium heat. Pour in a ladleful of batter and allow it to spread out into a wide circle.
    1 tbsp butter
  • Cook for around 2-3 mins until lots of bubbles start popping on the surface and the edges start to become crispy and golden brown, then flip and cook the other side for another 2-3 mins.
  • Serve with your favourite toppings, such as more yoghurt, whipped cream, maple syrup and/or fresh berries! For extra garnish, add slivered almonds and a sprinkling of matcha powder.
    Greek yoghurt, thickened cream / heavy cream, maple syrup, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, matcha green tea powder, slivered almonds

Video

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Recipe Notes

  • Heat – Cooking on medium low gives plenty of time for the pancakes to rise and cook through without risk of burning.
  • Non Stick – We recommend a non-stick pan for stress free cooking!
  • Shape – Cook one pancake at a time for nice even circles. Cook multiple pancakes at a time if you don’t care about the shape and just want delicious(ly wonky) pancakes faster – this is what we usually do!
  • Tweak the Flavour – Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and/or a pinch of salt into the batter before cooking.
  • Make it a Cake – Stack the pancakes on top of each other, with a layer of thick yoghurt or cream in between. Serve topped with an extra light sprinkle of matcha and berries on top. 
  • Extra Fun – Stir in a handful (or two!) of white choc chips or crushed macadamias into the batter.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Matcha Greek Yoghurt Pancakes
Amount per Serving
Calories
126
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.05
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
22
mg
7
%
Sodium
 
26
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
44
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
0.5
g
2
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
162
IU
3
%
Calcium
 
37
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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