Teff

TEFF!

A teeny grain that packs a

'MIGHTY'

nutritional punch!

When we hear the saying "great things come in small packages", they must have been talking about Teff, no doubt!

It takes about 100 tiny grains of Teff to equal in size to ONE kernel of wheat, and wheat is not that big!

 

Although Teff (gluten-free) might be hard to find "in bulk" (check your local health food stores) for easier long-term storage purposes, I still had to include it in this website for its "out of this world" health benefits.

We don't just eat one fruit, one vegetable --- eating a wide "variety" gives the body a wide spectrum of nutritional benefits. One fruit might have this great mineral, another might be high in antioxidants, etc. That's why it is important to have a WELL ROUNDED and varied diet......which would be well to include this beautiful little teff!!

 

TEFF has a mild flavor, like a poppy seed. It has a nutty taste and texture that adds dimension to recipes and cooking. I LOVE TEFF! I feel that everything is better with Teff in it!

No matter what I'm cooking - pancakes, bread mixes, cupcakes (if homemade);

I throw a couple of tablespoons of Teff flour in the measuring cup first,

then add the rest in regular flour (or "Wonder Flour", see subtopic).

It just makes everything taste better.

No one notices anything differently and wow -- the nutrition!

And I always put a spoonful of Teff grain in smoothies too.

 

It's classified as a variety of Millet (another Super Grain you can read about on the website here).

One cool thing to think about -- it is easier to grind into flour with a manual hand grinder because of it being so small! See main topic "Great Bread is So Easy" and its subtopic "GRINDING and Wheat Flour info" for my manual grinder recommendation.

 

Important to know ~

Teff leads all Grains in its calcium content, which helps strengthen bones and may reduce PMS symptoms.

It is HIGH in Vitamin C, which is not normally found in grains.

It is rich in Silica, a mineral with a beneficial effect on bones, skin and connective tissues! Silica is lost during processing and refinement of grains - big suprise, huh! Everything beneficial is LOST during refinement! Teff is too tiny for any company to try and strip down and refine, thank goodness, so Teff is always "whole grain".

Teff also helps control blood sugar levels.

The IRON from Teff is easily absorbed (unlike the hard "iron" pills we swallow) and recommended for those with low blood iron levels.

Gee -- what doesn't it do for us!

 

**And what I really love about Teff is this......

ONE grain (remember how 100 grains are equal in size to one wheat kernel); ONE grain of Teff has up to 40% of resistant starch.

Resistant starch is a dietary fiber that can benefit blood sugar management, weight control and colon health. Resistant starch is not immediately digested when traveling through the stomach and small intestine. It eventually reaches the large intestine where it feeds the friendly bacteria. This increases the production of fatty acids which become the "fuel" of the cells that line the colon.

This environment is now less welcoming to harmful bacteria

which can lead to colon cancer!

 

 

Teff originates in Ethiopia.....

Ethiopia's famed

long distance runners

attribute their energy and health to this small little "Super" Grain!

 

 

COOKING WITH TEFF:

Teff is pretty much like cooking rice...1:2 ratio

(1 cup teff grain to 2 cups water or juice, but experiment...some people like 1/2 cup teff to 2 cups of water). Bring to boil and stir, cover with lid, reduce to simmer. Cook from 15 - 20 minutes. Take off heat, uncover and let sit for 5 minutes. If you use milk, it'll be like a rice pudding; add some fruit and brown sugar for a delicious and healthy treat!

 

Banana Bread with Teff and Chocolate Chips ~ (from Kathryn Conrad)

What a delicious bread! Moist and bursting with rich flavor!

1 cup teff flour (1 cup of teff grain ground up, yields just over 1 1/2 cups teff flour)

1 cup all purpose flour (or use either Wonder Flour or GF Wonder Flour)

1/2 tsp of each: salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon

1 cup sugar (I use about 3/4 cup sugar and from that, I use half date sugar/half sugar)

5 T butter, softened (or use butter powder reconstituted)

1 egg (use whole egg powder)

2 medium bananas or about 1 cup mashed bananas
(use FD bananas, not DH ones. See topic "FD Fruits and Veggies" to see why)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup water

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Blend sugar and butter until well blended. Add egg and blend. Add bananas and vanilla extract and blend. And water and blend. Mix all dry ingredients together separately. Add wet to dry ingredients and blend well. Stir in chocolate chips and spoon batter in greased (or sprayed with cooking spray) 9" loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 50-55 minutes.

Bread is done when inserted knife or toothpick comes out clean. I took mine out at 55 minutes even when the knife wasn't totally clean and bread was still perfect. This is a moist cake and remember that chocolate chips on the knife are ok.

 

Teff Waffles ~ (from Leslie Cerier's "GF Recipes for the Conscious Cook")

4 eggs

3/4 cup apple juice

3 T oil

3 T maple syrup

1 T vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup teff flour (1 cup of teff grain ground up, yields just over 1 1/2 cups of teff flour)

1 T baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl. Whisk together wet ingredients together in another bowl. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into well; whisk together until blended. Cook in waffle iron.