Every couple of weeks I love to visit my local Asian food shop. I live in a small city so this shop is by no means extensive literally 20 square meters but it’s packed full. A few minutes can turn into an hour as I scrutinise every package and ingredient.
The lovely Indian man that works there is always trying to help me find what I am looking for but I usually have no idea.
It amazes me that there is a world of unique ingredients that our western culture never uses. Ancient grains, flours, spices, and oils.
The way we eat today seems to be a cycle of the same ingredients used over and over again. Which is absolutely fine some people hate change and want to stick with what they know what is safe. Often referred to a “normal diet”.
For me personally, I find the best most satisfying way to eat is variety.
A variety of foods preferably whole and unprocessed or as close to their natural state as possible. Trying to make things from scratch so you know what’s going inside.
Which brings me to a kilo bag of Teff flour that I brought home. I have seen this grain in a few recipes lately and I was interested in getting my hands on some.
Some call it a super grain as it has a lot going for it. It is high in protein, calcium, manganese, phosphorous, thiamin, and interestingly vitamin C. As well as a combination of 8 essential amino acids. So why stick to what I know when I can try something new.
Cookies seemed like the best place to start with this gluten free flour. And being that I was in my Asian spice shop spiced teff cookies seemed on point.
Spiced Teff Cookies
1/3 c (80ml) honey or sweetener of choice
1/3 c (75g) coconut oil
vanilla extract or powder
2/3 c (100g) Teff flour
2/3 c (100g) brown rice flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Blend honey, coconut oil, and vanilla to a whipped consistency.
In a separate bowl put all dry ingredients together and mix well.
Then add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine well.
Roll into balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Push down with a fork shape and place in a preheated over 180c(350f) for 10-15 mins till golden. I enjoyed mine warm out of the oven.
These cookies are a simple tea type cookie kind of like shortbread biscuit consistency.
Hope you enjoy them and if you know someone who would love these gluten free teff cookies why not share them.
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