Aug 08, 2014
Maple Teff Cereal + Is Teff the New Quinoa?
I’m sold. I recently discovered the tiny grain known as teff. So tiny in fact that each grain is smaller than a poppy seed, but tiny it is NOT in the nutrient department. Predominantly grown and indigenous to Ethiopia, teff has a mild, nutty flavor and is packed with health-promoting properties…
First of all, teff is the front runner in calcium content, compared to any other grain. One cooked cup has about 125 mg. compared to, say, whole wheat at 20 mg. But that’s just the beginning. One of teff’s greatest health-giving properties is that it is quite high in resistant starch. For detailed info on resistant starch and why it’s important in any healthy diet as well as being an important factor in weight loss and weight control, see my post Roasted Red Pepper Polenta Pie + What is Resistant Starch?
Next, it’s gluten-free. Yeah, we like that. It’s also high in protein, iron, B6 and zinc. Teff is also the only grain to boast a heaping helping of Vitamin C. With all of this nutritional weight, it’s no wonder that teff, besides having been a staple food of Ethiopia for thousands of years, is now beginning to earn the reputation of being a super food. So take a rest from quinoa for a change and try this cute little grain instead!
|tiny teff grains|
|Here’s a pic of our shared plate at A Taste of Ethiopia in Southfield, MI.
I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re ever in that area!
- 1 cup teff
- 3 cups water
- 2 TBS pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp natural maple flavoring
- Cook as you would any grain; bring water to a low boil, stir in the teff and other ingredients, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until all of the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). STIR OFTEN or it will congeal at the bottom of the pot. I used a whisk which worked perfectly.
- Top with fresh fruit of your choosing (optional) and a drizzle of extra maple syrup.
Serves 2. Enjoy!