Sunday, August 19, 2012

Spiced Teff Bars

Summer is my favorite time of year. No doubt about that. But lately, the cooler temps we’ve been experiencing have my mind drifting towards cinnamon spiced treats. Nothing says autumn like cinnamon!   

Now, these tasty treats are made with teff. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. Many people are unfamiliar with this grain. Teff has a long history and has been used for ages in North Africa. More specifically; teff is used in Ethiopian cuisine to make injera, which is an Ethiopian spongy flatbread that tastes a bit like sourdough.  Fun fact: teff is one of the smallest grains in the WORLD! 

Health benefits of teff:
  • high in fiber
  • good source of protein
  • great source of iron
  • good source of calcium
Teff has a very distinct and almost earthy taste to it that goes well with the spices and molasses in these bars. These guys seriously taste out-of-this-frickin-world with a cup of coffee! 

Spiced Teff Bars
the original recipe is over at Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
I only made a few tiny changes though (added some more spices)!

2/3 cup of softened coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup Sucanat
1 Tbsp. maple syrup or agave
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 cups dark teff flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon guar gum (or xanthan gum)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger (I didn't have any, so just used some minced/pureed ginger)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg or allspice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9x9 square pan or line with parchment paper.
  2. In large bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the coconut oil, applesauce, molasses, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla until combined.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat again until dough thickens. 
  4. Spread the dough into prepared baking pan.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes in preheated oven at 350. Let the bars cool for at least 30 minutes before trying to cut. Serving suggestion: drizzle some coconut butter on top!
Note: I've found that these need to be stored in the fridge because they tend to crumble if left out at room temp. 


  1. Very fun! I think my son would love this!! :) My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week's link up here:
    Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the "glutenfree bloggers" tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy :)

    1. Thank you Cindy! I'll definitely check it out : )