Teff-Millet Pancakes – Gluten Free & Vegan

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Teff-Millet Pancakes - Gluten Free & Vegan

In a recent phone consult with a nutritionist, he got me thinking about the nutritional quality of the foods I am feeding the baby.  Of course, I do a pretty darn good job, but when you eat so little like babies do, you need to make every effort to increase the quality of the calories they are consuming.

In this endeavor, I opted to start trying millet and teff porridge in place of brown rice cereal, as nutritionally, these grains pack more of a nutrional punch!  You might refer back to my post, Millet Porridge, for how to make this, the technique could work for teff too, and the grains are SO good for you!!

But I wanted to branch out and find other ways to feed these grains to my family too.  Up until this point, I have just been subbing small quantities of teff flour in my baking.    What I love about this recipe is that it almost entirely teff flour, and therefore loaded with all the health benefits of it (high in protein, fiber, calcium, iron and amino acids)!

These have a great pancake texture, even with no eggs.  My new stainless steel pan crisped them perfectly so they were ever-so subtly crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside: yum!  If you have yet to try teff, this a great way to start! It has a pleasant, nutty flavor that is easy to palette.   It runs about $6-7 for a 23oz bag, not cheap, but SO good for you and worth it!

LUNCHBOX TIP:   Consider using leftover pancakes to make one heck of a delicious nut butter and jelly sandwich for your kids!!  Novelty always wins points with the younger set….

TIME SAVING TIP:  Make a double batch of these and freeze the leftovers.  They reheat easily either in a toaster or microwave and make busy school mornings a snap!

TRIP TIP: I frequently mix all the dry ingredients in container to bring along with me on trips.  Depending on where I’ll be, I even put all the liquid ingredients together in a container to be mixed with the dry on site.  This is a great way to ensure you have safe and nutritious foods for your family on trips!

You might also want to try this with my Lower-Sugar Berry Pancake Topping!
Makes 4 servings or about 18 4″ pancakes@ 292 calories, 44.8 g carbs, 8.3 g fiber, 7.2 g sugar, 6.2 g protein using stevia as a sweetener


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Teff-Millet Pancakes - Gluten Free & Vegan
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Serves: 4
  • WET:
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax or 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons preferred oil (I use melted coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8-10 drops liquid stevia, OR 2 tablespoons honey, or maple syrup
  • DRY:
  • ¾ cup teff flour
  • ¼ cup millet flour (add a couple tablespoons more if you like your pancakes thicker)
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Coconut oil for cooking
  1. Mash the bananas with a fork. Add in the remaining wet ingredients to blend. I prefer to do this with my immersion blender and just puree the all the wet ingredients together in one fell swoop!
  2. Sprinkle the flours, then the baking powder, soda, and salt.
  3. Using a whisk, quickly blend the mixture into a batter. You may add more milk or water to thin if necessary.
  4. Heat a stainless steel pan over medium heat. Add in a teaspoon or two of coconut oil, swirl to disperse. Drop about ¼ cup batter per pancake, wait for tiny bubbles to appear, and flip. You may need to adjust the heat up or down, depending on your pan and heat source. Add additional coconut oil as necessary to finish the batter.


Teff-Millet Pancakes - Gluten Free & Vegan


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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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11 comments on “Teff-Millet Pancakes – Gluten Free & Vegan
  1. Anonymous says:

    Tessa, I am a newbie to GFCF cooking, as in haven't made anything yet, but I can't wait to try your yummy looking recipes!

    Curious, can any of your recipes that call for a mixture of flours be substituted by an all purpose gf flour?


  2. Katie says:

    Sounds yummy! I’ve been wanting to try teff and millet. My latest new love in baking is buckwheat. It is so yummy and we just LOVE cream of buckwheat for a cereal. I know it is gluten free as well.

  3. Tessa! These look amazing! I have never used teff flour.. probably one of the only ones… you have my ears perked up to try it! :) Would love for you to link this up with us at Kids in the Kitchen too: http://younglivingoillady.com/home/kids-in-the-kitchen-link-up-week-20/
    Thanks for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesdays! See you next week. Your recipes bless and inspire me :) Keep them coming!

    • Teff is my favorite gf flour..and if you get some, I have LOADS of recipes to use it on my blog!! I have to admit Carrie, i was confused when I saw the healthy 2day…I was on there to find the kids in the kitchen…I didn’t know you had two linkys!

      • Hey! I just joined the healthy 2day wednesday link up. I am excited to be doing both! I am very passionate about health and well being and since I homeschool my boys, we are always cooking together… so both work great. Thank you for linking up to both!!! Your recipes bless me. Yes, I am definitely going to have to try teff flour. I will come to you when I get some (I will try to find it at my health food store). Have a great week! :) Come back soon to healthy 2 day wednesday to see if your post was featured! :)

  4. Carole says:

    The pancakes look yummy. I found you via the Whole Food Wednesday linky party. I linked in a post about retro prawn cocktails
    Have a super week.

  5. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  6. katina says:

    Hi,Im sensitive to bananas, is there a replacement?

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