Saturday, January 21, 2012

Healthy Teff Breakfast with Recipe Redux

I'm a fan of smoothies, oatmeal and tofu scrambles. Sometimes I shake it up with some other grains-like quinoa for a protein kick or amaranth to get a lil nutty. So when I found out that this month's Recipe Redux was to do a healthy breakfast makeover, I was ready to try something new.

Enter cleaning out my cabinets in my final Houston countdown. Hiding in the corner I found some Teff, Tahini, and Molasses. Perfect.

T-T-What?? Oh you haven't met my friend teff? This lil guy is the world’s smallest grain and he migrated from Ethiopia (and plays a starring role in their delicious bread-Injera). Nutrient rich, the whole seeds make a delicious porridge. I decided to boost up the calcium and iron content even more by adding tahini, molasses (one of the few sweetener that provides minimal nutrient value), and raisins. And tastes spectacular.

don't be afraid of this lil dude

Teff Breakfast Porridge

  • 1 cup teff
  • Tahini
  • Raisins
  • Molasses
  • Milk of choice (I chose the new Almond Coconut Milk by Blue Diamond)

so wonderfully creamy
  1. In a 2 quart pan, over med heat, add 1 cup teff and stirring frequently toast for 1-2 minutes. When you start to smell a sweet nutty aroma pour in 3 cups of water. Stir well and cook at a gentle boil for 20 min. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.

no one likes naked teff though...
2. Add 1/2 cup cooked cereal, 1/4 c milk 1 T tahini 1 tsp molasses and 1 T raisins to each bowl Swirl together and enjoy!

told ya it looked better dressed as the milky way

And there is one heck of a calicium and iron loaded vegan breakfast, that tastes amazing.

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Nicole @WholeHealthRD said...

I've been seeing teff in a lot of health blogs lately. This looks like a great recipe to try! PS - I love the photo of the swirl!

Carlene @ Carlene's Figments said...

Oh Bob's Red Mill...if I had a subscription to them I would be a happy girl.

Janel said...

I tried teff once and couldn't get into it. But I am very into the fact that you're leaving houston sooooo soon!!!

Kara said...

I've never tried teff! Love that milky way swirl! Oh, and I concur with Janel above. :)

Meg said...

I'm intrigued by this recipe... i think im going to have to try it! love those gluten free grains :)

Liz Marr, MS, RD @ said...

Where would be without Bob's Red Mill making all these unique grains available?

Your recipe sounds yummy!

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

Ok, I've read about teff and even written about it but have yet to try it. This is the recipe that will get me too! Love your Redux posts - always so unique :)

Emma @ The Hearty Heart said...

Teff yes! Great incorporation of an unusual grain. Is it gluten free? Low gluten?

Elizabeth Jarrard said...

Thank you all! Yes Emma-teff is Gluten Free-I'll add that to the post! thanks for the reminder