Teff Recipes, Benefits And Uses

Teff might be the tiniest grain in the world but it is the ultimate grain superfood and a natural nutrient powerhouse. It is naturally gluten free, high in protein, iron, calcium and magnesium. Teff contains 8 essential amino acids including lysine and is low GI. With the highest level of iron and calcium of any grain available, teff aids in boosting the immune system and is a great source of calcium for those unable to consume other calcium sources like dairy.

What Does Teff Look Like?

Teff is the tiniest of all grains - barely bigger than coarse ground flour. It comes in a red or white variety with no significant difference in taste or nutrition between the varieties. Depending on whether the red or white variety was used to create the flour, the flour will be brown or off white in colour.

Where Is Teff From?

South Africa is now listed as one of the top 5 producers of teff globally with almost all production for human consumption being exported due to its increasing popularity internationally. Teff is the traditional grain of Ethiopia, who is still the biggest producer of the grain in the world.

rustic scoop of teff grain

What Recipes Use Teff?

Whole grain teff can be used in delicious porridges, smoothies, vegan burger patties, chocolate pudding and energy bars. Teff is also often used in flour form. Teff flour is becoming increasingly popular as a gluten free flour in baking and cooking. Whole grain and ground teff are often the preferred grain fillers in baby foods because of its valuable nutritional profile. It is a must in a whole food diet!

Tips For Using Whole Grain Teff

How To Cook Whole Grain Teff Porridge

Whole Grain Teff Porridge

By far the most used application of whole grain teff is porridge. Porridges are generally really easy to cook and teff is no exception. Work on a ratio of 1:3 grain to water with a pinch of salt. You can toast the teff first in the pan to extract a more nutty flavour before you add the water, but this is optional.

Method:

  1. Add the grain to a sauce pan or pot and toast lightly. The teff is toasted once you hear popping and crackling sounds.
  2. Add the water and salt and bring to the boil while stirring occasionally.
  3. Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer to bowl(s) and allow to 'rest' for 5 minutes.
  5. Add desired toppings and serve warm.

Teff Recipes In Cooking, Baking And Snacks

Superfood Energy Bar Recipe With Dates, Chia And Teff

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

There are few things better than having delicious, guilt free snacks at home. When they are homemade they somehow seem to be even more rewarding. This energy bar recipe is not only packed with superfoods and nutritional glory but is also incredibly delicious. Absolutely the most rewarding 30 minutes of baking time you will have…

Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Delicious AND Healthy Superfood Desert If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of cooking with teff this chocolate pudding recipe is likely to be the one that makes you start. Teff is an ancient grain superfood produced locally in South Africa. Did you know teff releases starch as it cooks in a similar way to…

Vegan Burger Patty Recipe

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Burger patty recipes are something that have always been traditionally made of red meat. Whether you are vegan or just up for a change this burger patty recipe is made from grains, sweet potato and beans. It holds together well and tastes delicious done on the braai even though it has no meat or eggs.…

Gluten Free, Mixed Ancient Grains Porridge

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Whether you are gluten intolerant or not ancient grain porridges are an amazing, wholesome start to a day. Unfortunately they tend to sit on the baby food shelves in stores so we aren’t exposed to a wide variety of them anymore. We have to hunt them down. But when it comes to gluten free breakfasts…

Superfood Teff Porridge Recipe With Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberry And Ginger

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Tiny and mighty teff grain is something you need to be stocking in your pantry! It is easily ranked one of the most nutritious grains available because of its high protein, iron, calcium and magnesium content. To make things easier for you we have condensed all our teff recipes and info into our product info…