Start your day with these great-tasting and heart-healthy pancakes made with teff flour! Native to Ethiopia and the surrounding African region, teff flour is made from small grains that look like poppy seeds, and has a mild nutty flavor. Packed with protein, fiber, calcium, iron, minerals and vitamins, teff is very good for you.

Teff Pancakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




Cooking Time




Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce + 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk + 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups white teff flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (date, cane or maple sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon (option)


  1. In a small bowl, mix the applesauce with the ground chia and let this sit for 5-7 minutes to thicken.
  2. Add the apple cider to the cup of almond milk and let this sit for 5-7 minutes to make non-dairy buttermilk.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour the almond milk and applesauce into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Add the oil and hand whisk to combine. If need be, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of extra almond milk.
  5. On medium-high, heat a skillet lightly greased with vegetable based butter. Reduce heat to medium or medium-low.
  6. Drop the batter in the hot skillet 1/4 cup at a time, lightly spreading the batter with the back of a spoon to form a 1/4 inch thick pancake. It doesn’t have to be perfectly round. Fry for 2-3 minutes – until you see some air holes at surface and the edges turn golden. Flip over with a stainless steel spatula and fry the other side for one minute, or so.
  7. Serve immediately with maple syrup and fresh fruit.


If you are making many, fry one pancake at a time and stack them up on a dish in the oven on low heat. If you are extra fussy, you can separate each pancake with a small piece of parchment paper. Serve immediately. Store leftover batter in a container for one day in fridge.


    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving: Calories: 123 | Carbs: 21 g | Fat: 4 g | Protein: 3 g | Sodium: 424 mg | Sugar: 4 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.