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Gluten Free Teff and Oatmeal Waffles

 

Yields:  about 6 waffles         Prep Time:  15 minutes       Total Time:  30 minutes

 

Naturally gluten free and nutrient dense teff star in these delicious and whole grain waffles.  Not only are these irresistible, they are packed with calcium and fiber, perfect for every day or a celebratory brunch!

 

Ingredients

1 cup teff flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons pure cane sugar

3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup whole milk

1/4 cup avocado oil (or preferred oil)

 

Directions

1. Combine teff flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, sugar, rolled oatmeal and salt in a bowl.

 

2. Add milk, eggs, oil and vanilla.  Mix well.  Batter will thicken after a few minutes, so try to resist any temptation to add more liquid.

 

3. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a small dish for brushing the waffle iron.  Turn on the waffle iron and heat according to directions.

 

4. Before each waffle, lightly brush the waffle iron with a splash of butter.  Pour 1/3 of a cup into the waffle iron and close.  Cook for 45 – 60 seconds (or until your waffle iron indicates doneness) and remove to a plate.  Continue until batter is done.  Enjoy!

 

 

These waffles were born out of two factors coming together.  First, Anthony’s Goods sent over some top-notch teff flour and I was determined to get cooking with this grain so I started experimenting.

 

 

Second, I wanted a gluten free dish for Mother’s Day brunch for my mom.  I knew teff was a gluten free flour, but I hadn’t used it much.  So, I spent some time researching information as well as trying different combinations of things out in the kitchen.  I did create a resource page here, Teff: What It Is and Why Use It.  There is some great information on where teff comes from, the health benefits, and how to use in cooking.

 

 

These waffles came together so easily.  They are filling, as teff is more dense flour, filled with dietary fiber and protein.  The waffles also have a good deal of oatmeal, which also have fiber.  This is good news for those watching their weight, as you fill up quickly with a smaller portion size.  And you’re filling up with good stuff!  This is also why the waffles are smaller than filling out the full waffle iron. 

 

 

We served simply with syrup, but as with any waffle, a fruit compote, whipped cream or even fresh fruit are other topping options.

 

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