This post is sponsored by Tenera Grains. All opinions are mine alone.
I know, it sounds romantic and sweet to have breakfast-in-bed on Valentines Day. But, hey, do these gluten-free double chocolate teff waffles sound fascinating enough to make you want to jump out of bed? Due to teff’s nutty wholesome appealing flavor that pairs perfectly with chocolate, these may be the best waffles you ever tasted. And don’t hesitate to drizzle the naturally sweetened, rich, and creamy coconut chocolate sauce on top, or even fill in each pocket of the waffles. No guilt at all!
Sometimes making gluten-free and vegan pastries can be tricky, but definitely not with these teff waffles. It’s almost fool proof. To be honest with you, this is my second time making these waffles (note: both times were very successful). Although I don’t have much experience making waffles, piling up these amazing chocolate teff waffles on a serving plate definitely made me feel like a pro. You, my friend, can do it too.
Once in a while, I’d hear of gluten-free food bloggers using teff flour in their baked goodies. I hadn’t really looked into teff flour, until recently, when I was contacted by a local teff farm, Tenera Grains. After reading the stories about their farm and learning about the history of teff seeds, I was eager to try out these ancient, grain-like seeds.
So, what is teff then? They are:
- Grain-like, tiny seeds from Ethiopia
- Naturally gluten-free
- Naturally high in calcium, vitamin c, and protein
- High in dietary fibers
Now, let’s turn the finest teff flour into hearty, homemade vegan, gluten-free double chocolate teff waffles.
Teff flour turns a little bit sticky when mixed with water. If you ever baked anything gluten-free, you know this is going to benefit the gluten-free flour. Without adding any “glueing agent, such as xanthum gum, psyllium husk, sugar, or eggs, teff flour easily holds the gluten-free waffle batter together. Brown teff flour has a distinct nutty grain taste. I mix this Tenera brown teff flour in with my all-purpose gluten-free flour. You probably don’t want to use too much in your gluten-free flour mix otherwise the dough will be too sticky and heavy. When mixed with chocolate flavor, it is definitely irresistible.
These gluten-free double chocolate teff waffles are light, crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside. No one will ever know they are also vegan. Unlike most waffle recipes, these are naturally sweetened without any added sugar. I hope you enjoy these healthy and nutritious waffles with your valentines.
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (from a can)
- 2 oz unsweetened chocolate baking bar
- ¼ teaspoon pure stevia extract powder
- ½ cup (75 grams) Joyce’s all-purpose gluten-free flour
- ½ cup (90grams) Tenera brown teff flour
- 3 tablespoons (18 grams) special dark cocoa powder
- 14 grams vegan protein powder
- ¼ teaspoon pure stevia extract powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- (optional) pinch of salt
- 4 tablespoons ground flax seeds or flaxseed meal
- 1½ cups non-dairy milk
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 strawberries or fruit of your choice
- In a saucepan, heat 1 cup full-fat coconut milk until hot but do not boil. Remove the saucepan from heat.
- Coarsely chop the chocolate bar into small chunks and place them in an oven safe mixing bowl. Carefully melt the chocolate in microwave oven on high, stopping and checking every 10 seconds. Approximately 20 seconds. Add the chocolate into the hot coconut milk and stir until it is smooth. You can make this chocolate sauce ahead of time. It can be stored in refrigerator up to 5 days.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Place the fine mesh strainer over the second mixing bowl. Carefully dump the flour mixture into the strainer and gradually sift the flour through the strainer. This step will remove all clumps of the cocoa powder and blend the flour really well.
- Combine all wet ingredients and pour it into the sifted flour mixture. Use a spatula to mix until smooth. Let the waffle batter rest for approximately 5 minutes.
- Heat the waffle iron. Follow your waffle iron instructions, carefully scoop an appropriate amount of waffle batter onto the waffle iron.
- Serve the teff waffles with the coconut chocolate sauce and fruits.
2. The coconut chocolate sauce may be stiff like whipped cream when it’s chilled. You can serve as is. If you’d like it to be a little bit runny, warm it up in microwave for a few seconds.