Gingerbread Teff Waffles & 5 Reasons To Eat Teff


Looking for a Healthy Breakfast Recipe that tastes great?  This Gingerbread Teff Waffle Recipe is a Gluten free Waffle with vegan option and is loaded with wholesome and healthy teff flour - adding a rich taste to these amazing Gingerbread Waffles.

{Since switching to a gluten free diet, I’ve had to find new recipes for our family to enjoy–like Cream of Rice Cereal, Chocolate Cupcakes, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, and Cinnamon Doughnuts. Today, Laura from Petite Allergy Treats has a Gluten free Waffle Recipe made with teff flour to share.  Haven’t tried teff?  You need to.  Come read why.}

Can we talk about Teff for a moment? It’s rapidly emerging as a new grain that everyone’s talking about.

There’s so much hype lately, experts say it’s going to over take quinoa in popularity.  This “new” grain is actually, an ancient grain that has been around for several hundred years.

Find out what teff is and why you should be eating it, even if you’re not on a gluten free diet.

What is Teff?

Teff is the smallest of grains.

Teff originates from Ethiopia and is best known in the form of Injera (Enjera) bread.

There are 2 varieties of teff available: white and dark.  It can be eaten in the whole grain form or ground up into flour for breads and baked goods.

I’ve tried the dark teff which has a pleasantly nutty flavor similar to whole wheat.  I’ve only tried the flour form for baking but I can’t wait to try the whole grain as a porridge.

Why should you be eating it?  Here are some compelling facts to convince you to add teff into your diet.  And if it doesn’t, maybe my delicious Gingerbread Teff Waffles will convince you :)!

Teff Flour

5 Reasons You Should Be Eating Teff

1. It’s loaded with calcium.

Just 1 cup of cooked teff contains 35% of the recommended daily value for calcium.  Serious awesome!

2. It contains high amounts of complete protein.

A complete protein contains all 8 essential amino acids.  These are the building blocks our bodies need to function properly.  They are considered essential because our bodies cannot synthesize (produce) them.  Proper nutrition= health.  Another big win!

3. It has loads of fiber.

Fiber is great for a couple of reasons.  One, makes us feel fuller longer because it slowly digests.  Two, it… well…makes you go… number 2… ;-)

4. Teff has low glycemic qualities.

There’s a new type of starch classification called resistant starch.  Apparently, this starch helps keep blood sugar levels from spiking.  If you’re diabetic this is a grain for you!

5. It’s naturally gluten free.

Gluten free diets can lack many vitamins and minerals found in fortified processed breads.  Vitamin supplements help, but nothing is better than a natural source.  If you need to be on a gluten free diet, you should be eating this!

So will you try Teff?  I hope so.  I think you’ll find many other ways to incorporate it into your diet.  Teff is seriously a mom’s nutritional best friend!  Every time I make something the kids love, I hear my evil mommylaugh inside my head (wah ha ha ha).  I get them to eat fiber, calcium and protein.

It’s important to note there are two forms available: whole grain or flour.  Because the grain is so small, you cannot make your own flour from the grain (not even with a vitamix).  I would suggest starting with the flour which you can add in small amounts to almost any recipe.Specialty stores might carry teff but it may be easier to order through Amazon.  Bob’s Redmill is the brand I use and trust.  Most stores charge $8-10 a pack, but you can purchase  4 packs of Teff Flour for a pretty reasonable price or you can buy the teff whole grain as well.

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Looking for a Healthy Breakfast Recipe that tastes great?  This Gingerbread Teff Waffle Recipe is a Gluten free Waffle with vegan option and is loaded with wholesome and healthy teff flour - adding a rich taste to these amazing Gingerbread Waffles.


For more great teff recipes please visit my blog to see:
Mini Blueberry Teff Donuts
Gluten Free Oreos
Gluten Free Blooming Onion and
Gluten Free Flour Mix.

I’m working on a gluten free Teff Bread, so be sure to visit my blog and sign up for emails so you’ll never miss a new post.  :)
Thanks again to Adrienne for hosting!  She’s seriously awesome isn’t she? :)

Have you tried teff before?
If so, what did you make with it?

LauraAbout Laura: I currently live in WI with my husband and two silly boys, who suffer from severe food allergies.  We have drastically changed our diets due to my son’s: wheat, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, sunflower and sesame seed allergies.

My family currently does not use Truvia, Xylitol or Stevia due to their close relationship with the sunflower family.   I use natural sugar substitutes such as dried fruit, maple syrup, and regular organic sugar in place of highly refined sugars in baking.  I believe that less is more when it comes to processed foods.  I try and buy organic produce whenever possible and support my local farmer’s markets in the summer months.

Laura loves to connect with her readers.  You can find more recipes on her blog, and can follow her on FacebookPinterestGoogle+  and  Twitter.

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  1. I’m looking forward to making these! Would this need to be altered to make pancakes?

    Have you tried grinding the teff seeds in the Vitamix dry container? I ground some for a teff bread recipe from another blog ( and it came out great.

    • Hello Karen,

      Thanks so much for commenting and sharing more great information about teff flour. I think these would work in the pancake form. I have not personally tried this, but I’d love to hear how they turn out if you make pancakes. You’ll notice, this recipe it doesn’t require any gum. You might want to consider adding a pinch (1/8-1/4 tsp) to ensure success????

      I have not personally tried to make my own flour from whole teff grains. The main reason being, I don’t own a Vitamix. *sigh* Someday. Another reason is, I’ve heard the teff grains are too small to grind as evenly as a large manufacturer could. This would be another follow up I’d love to hear about.

      Be sure to see my other Teff recipes on my blog and while you’re there, sign up to follow me with email updates. Then you’ll never miss a new post. I’ll be posting a homemade baked chicken nugget recipe with a teff batter hopefully within the next week and I’m working on a Teff sandwich bread. Soo many ideas for teff flour. I tend to get carried away with sneaking in nutrition for my kids. (*insert evil Mommy laugh here*)????

  2. Just a word of caution about touting the gluten – free benefits of teff: I personally experienced a major autoimmune response to teff, much more severe than I typically experience after consuming gluten. I would suggest that anyone trying this fad grain for the first time tread lightly before eating a large serving. It may be a wonderful substitute for some people.

    • Hmmm…could it have been cross contamination?

    • Hi Mary,
      I too would wonder about cross contamination. Teff is relatively young on the market of gluten free flours and could possible not agree with all. I recently found out that 20% of Celiacs cannot tolerate the certified gluten free oats, even though it is gluten free.

      As with anything new in your diet, always introduce slowly. Thanks for commenting.

  3. I might be in trouble here, but really want to say that I’d use a different oil: Canola oil is not a good oil and really isn’t healthy for you. It comes from rapeseed and is so ‘refined’ due to it’s inability to be digested. For a really healthy product, don’t use unhealthy ingredients. I’d use coconut oil, as it is so good for you, or olive oil… just about anything other than canola oil. (which is almost always GMO, too).
    I love the article, and have wanted to try one of the several ancient grains. so…. Teff is on my list of things to try right away!
    Thank you for the recipe.

    • You are not in trouble and I agree with you. I am going to change that. Thanks!

    • Hi Carol,
      You are correct in stating that Canola oil may not be the best choice.

      The refining process eliminates all the proteins that cause allergic reactions. Believe it or not, we use canola oil BECAUSE it is highly refined. I hate how unnatural it is, but that also means it is safe for our family. (We personally cannot use coconut, sunflower and olive oil due to allergies. I love and miss all the health associated with each of these oils.)

      I also do not use Olive oil because of it’s low smoke point of 325. Cooking above that temperature causes it to breakdown and release carcinogenic free radicals. I don’t know the exact temperature the waffle iron gets up too, but I know it’s much higher that 325.

      I would encourage anyone to always modify a recipe to meet their dietary and personal beliefs.

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  4. I’ve never heard of Teff; thanks for the introduction. So smart of you to tempt me with the waffles:) I’ve bookmarked this recipe and am anxious to try it.

  5. Hi Laura, your Gingerbread Teff Waffles look delish! I haven’t tried using Teff flour yet. Right now I’m not able to tolerate any grains. But if I could, I would certainly want to try these! I make most of my pancakes, muffins, breads, cookies and such with coconut flour. Sounds like you have your hands full taking care of your family and their allergies!

    • Hi Anastasia,

      Thanks so much for commenting. I wonder if you could use coconut flour for this. I haven been able to try coconut yet, but I’ve read it’s high in fiber and tends to absorb lots I’d moisture, similar to Teff.

      My 2 year old was recently retested at his allergy visit and tested negative for coconut and some other allergens. One by one we are experimenting and trying each allergen that tested negative. Coconut should be coming up soon. We just had a set back with Sorghum flour today.

      Food allergies are a lot like kids, constantly changing for better and for worse ;-)

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. These sound delicious. Can you omit the molasses? I know it will alter the gingerbread flavot, but will the recipe still work? Maybe use sugar free syrup instead. How any waffles does this make? I imagine a bunch with 4 cups of flour. Thanks!

  7. I reviewed a cookbook awhile ago that used teff and also have eaten it in an Ethiopian restaurant. I was able to grind it as well. I might have used my coffee grinder or my kitchen aid grinder. I don’t remember. I can’t wait to try your recipe..