Looking for a festive way to color your St. Patrick’s day protein pancakes green? Ditch the chemical food colorings and try these nutrition-packed superfood options instead.
3 Ways to make your protein pancakes green and pack an extra superfood punch.
Matcha Powder – Made from the shaded leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, matcha is the purest form of green tea. The bright green powder can be used to make tea, but is also a great addition to smoothies, chia pudding and protein pancakes of course! Less is more when making matcha tea due to the bitter taste, but it’s pretty mild when used in baking, so feel free to use a full teaspoon with a 1/2 cup of ProCakes mix (a serving makes 3 pancakes). Matcha powder is best known for it’s cancer fighting antioxidants, but it also boosts memory, concentration and increases energy and endurance.
Spirulina – made from a blue-green algae, spirulina does not taste as gross as it sounds. The deep green colored powder is much like matcha in that it’s best consumed in smoothies, puddings or baked into protein pancakes. Spirulina is rich in iron and b-vitamin complex and it’s also a decent source of protein (ideal for non-meat eaters). People often use this supplement for everything from improving memory, increasing energy and metabolism, to lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, and improving digestion and bowel health. A full teaspoon will turn your ProCakes into a deep, mossy green without any impact to flavor.
Raw Spinach – believe it or not, spinach will not make your protein pancakes taste like a garden salad. When added to smoothies and baked goods, spinach will increase the creamy texture of food without impacting flavor. For this option, you will need a food processor to blend the spinach, egg and milk with the ProCakes mixture to ensure the green color is evenly distributed. Use 1 to 2 small fistfuls of spinach to get a nice green color.
A Failed Experiment – We read somewhere on the internet that sun butter reacts with baking powder in a way that can turn baked goods green once cooked. Sadly, in the case of ProCakes, it did not. It may have something to do with the brand of baking powder used in the product, but save yourself the trouble of trying this option (although they tasted really good!).
But here’s the truth – ultimately what we found that even though every one of these options tasted great and enhanced the nutritional benefit of the protein pancakes, none of them look terribly appetizing. Green pancakes are not exactly pleasing to the eye, so most of our images for this project didn’t make the cut.
A much prettier option is just to make a fun green icing with 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha and a sachet of stevia mixed with a 1/4 cup of thick plain greek yogurt (we used Fage 2% here).3 ways to make your #proteinpancakes green with #superfoods Click To Tweet
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