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Teff grain

May 30th, 2014 at 08:14 am

Last year I went to buy teff flour on Amazon, and accidentally bought four bags of whole grain teff instead. Teff is an African grain. The whole grain is very tiny, about the size of a poppy seed. It is very nutritionally dense and has a bit of a grassy and nutty flavor on it's own.

Not knowing what else to do with it, I started putting a few tablespoons or more into every batch of oatmeal, granola, banana bread, or muffins I made. Occasionally I will even cook up a teff porridge and add honey and peanut butter to it, plus a little milk to thin it. I found that when added to recipes it gives a little bit of texture and crunch without really affecting the flavor, and it's very high in fiber, protein, calcium, and iron. I put a quarter cup into my banana oatmeal muffins last night, replacing some of the white flour, and they are really tasty.

I'm now down to less than half a pound of teff, and I think once it's gone I will need to buy more. I found it at the nearby grocery store for around $5 for a one pound bag, which tends to last me about 3 months. Once the bag is unsealed it lasts better in the fridge. Of course it's a bit cheaper on Amazon, but storage is an issue here.

4 Responses to “Teff grain”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    This is a new grain to me...thanks for sharing!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    One of my neighbors told me she had been thinking about how she used to make flat breads with different grains and non-grain starchy seeds in her country of origin. She said she particularly missed millet flour.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Mmm, sounds good! I've seen it at the store but never tried it. I do love different grains, though nothing has replaced my favorite white rice (just goes so well with stir fries and Mexican!). I think my next favorite is millet.

  4. Petunia 100 Says:

    I'd never even heard of teff.

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