Have you heard about Teff before?
I've got a really great treat for all today–teff waffles, a recipe for gluten-free waffles that are just delectable.
A long time before we went completely gluten-free, I started playing around with gluten free flours and found teff.
Teff has some amazing health benefits that I will touch on later in the post, but first let me tell you about these waffles.
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This recipe is my modification of one from Lorna Sass' wonderful cookbook, Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way. There's more about Lorna in my post on Pressure Cooking and I'm sure that I will be adding more about her in the not too distant future.
This recipe for teff waffles is absolutely fabulous.
They have an almost chocolatey flavor that really is deeply satisfying.
The only trouble with these waffles is that if you are egg-free (like we are–due to my oldest's life-threatening allergy), they can be a bit hard (or near impossible) to wrestle off of the waffle iron. I have to work on this recipe again to see if I can get a high-performing egg-free version, so we'll see.
If you don't feel like wrestling, you can just make these into pancakes. They still taste great and are a lot quicker!
Benefits of Teff
Teff is a very high protein grain. Most people don't have much experience with it, but we have really enjoyed it in our household.
Besides being high in protein, teff also is high in:
Because of the protein and fiber content, the effect of teff on blood sugar after eating is reduced.
Teff has also been said to:
- help with circulation
- reduce PMS symptoms
- promote healthy weight levels
- boost the immune system
- support bone health
So besides being super tasty (we seriously think that these waffles taste like chocolate!), they are so good for you!
Teff Waffles or Teff Pancakes
And if you're like me, making waffles is a bit of a chore. Now, that's not as much the case when you're talking about gluten-free waffles, but grain-free waffles?
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Yeah, that's happened to me more times than I would like to count. Making vegan grain-free waffles isn't easy, especially when you're trying to do low-carb too.
Anyhow, if you're like me and you're pressed for time in the kitchen, even though these teff waffles are something extra special, they still taste fabulous as pancakes.
Easy peasy teff pancakes. No fuss. No “pancake fail”. Promise :).
These would be a great option for a special breakfast. Or make several batches and freeze them for easy meals and snacks later! We use pancakes as bread for making Homemade Nut or Seed Butter sandwiches for healthy and inexpensive meals on the run.
I hope that you love these as much as we do!
- Baking Powder Alternative: If you would like to make your own baking powder to avoid corn and aluminum, see my Homemade Corn and Aluminum-Free Baking Powder.
- Sweetener Options: Any healthy granulated or liquid sweetener will work instead of xylitol. You may need to change the amount if using a liquid sweetener, so see How to Substitute Sweeteners.
- Egg Alternatives: You can use an equivalent egg substitute like my Powdered Egg Replacer instead of eggs.
- Dairy-free Option: For a dairy-free option, you can substitute the buttermilk with 1 Tbsp organic lemon juice or vinegar plus additional milk substitute to equal the amount of liquid needed.
- Molasses Alternative: You can use additional candida-friendly sweetener instead of molasses if desired. However, the molasses adds to the depth of the recipe.
Teff Waffles or Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas
- Mix the ingredients of teff through cinnamon in large bowl.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dries. Start with the 1¼ cups of the buttermilk and add the additional ¼ cup if the mixture is too thick.
- Drop onto pre-heated skillet or waffle iron prepared according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Follow waffle iron instructions regarding when to open to remove the waffles.
- Serve with Caramelized Bananas if desired.
- Split 3 large bananas in half lengthwise.
- Heat 3 Tbsp coconut oil in a pan and add the sweetener.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat.
- Flip and cook on other side for 2 minutes.
- Serve on top of waffles or pancakes. Yum!
I so hope you love these.
Hearty “chocolatey” (sort of) healthy goodness that will make your family happy. And you too :)!
I'll hopefully have a few more teff recipes to share with you soon!