Chances are you have either heard of teff before or perhaps even cooked with it. If teff is a new ingredient to you, let me give you a brief backstory. Teff is a fine grain that is comparable in size to a poppy seed. It is an ancient grain that is native to Ethiopia and is known for its ability to grow in difficult climates.
The flavor has a nutty, mild taste and but what really makes it a standout is its nutritional content. It's high in protein, calcium, and iron as well as offering a healthy balance of amino acids. Who doesn't love that! This grain can be eaten whole, such as steamed, boiled, or baked. But when ground into a flour, it can be used to make some delicious tasting items such as bread, cookies, pie crusts, pancakes, and much more. Another bonus about teff is that it is gluten-free.
As I mentioned already, calcium is one of the many benefits teff can provide. One cup of teff offers you 347 mg of calcium which outweighs other grains by quite a bit. That's serious business guys! Teff contains a dietary fiber known to be high in resistant starch which can benefit colon health, weight management, and blood sugar levels. And for those of you who are concerned about carbohydrates, it is thought that 20-40% of the carbs in teff are resistant starches so they function like soluble fiber. How's that for a benefit!
After learning all about teff, I was eager to experiment with it in the kitchen. I was pleased with my results as teff seems to be fairly easy to work with. I love the nutty taste, its versatility, and of course, the health benefits. With Christmas approaching, I wanted to create a festive treat for the occasion which led me to my gingerbread loaf recipe. My family absolutely loves gingerbread and ginger snaps. I just plain old love ginger...in so many things! It was also an excellent opportunity to include some blackstrap molasses which bumps up our calcium and magnesium intake. If you are lacking iron in your diet, such as those suffering from anemia, adding some blackstrap molasses can give you an extra boost. Just for reference, 5 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses with provide you with 95% of your daily allowance of iron.
My family has been very pleased with our new gingerbread loaf. The festive flavor is amazing and after making it several times, it always comes out of the oven flawless. This gingerbread loaf would make great hostess gifts over the holidays. Enjoy it for breakfast or an after dinner treat. It is one healthy loaf of bread that will undoubtedly be beneficial to your health! Enjoy it plain, or top it with some grass-fed butter or sweet cashew cream. It's delightful! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
1 & 1/2 cup teff flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 & 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
2 flax eggs (2 Tbs flax, 3 Tbs water, mixed well)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Line a 9 x 5 bread loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mix the teff, tapioca, baking powder, salt, and spices.
3. Mix the flax eggs, maple syrup, molasses, coconut oil, coconut milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well. Pout the batter into your bread loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Baking times may vary according to your oven and type of pan using. The center of the loaf should be set. You can check with a toothpick if needed. Cool, slice, and enjoy! Store bread at room temperature.