Teff: Modern Uses

After exploring the traditional way teff is used, I started to explore other ways I could incorporate this ancient grain. It’s very nutritious and loaded with fibre, iron and calcium and gluten free. I quickly found recipes that included the healthy benefits of teff and it’s unique flavour. Personally I have been trying to include more whole foods rich in essential vitamins and nutrients into my diet and when I found this recipe for Spicy Teff Chocolate Mousse, I thought I’d give it a go. Thinking this would be a perfect breakfast I could use to switch up my morning, I set out to try this simple yet interesting recipe.



•1 C Brown or Ivory Teff Flour

•3 C Milk [Coconut or Almond is best]

•6 tablespoons Cocoa Powder

•dash of salt

•2 teaspoons Cinnamon

•¼ teaspoon Nutmeg

•½ teaspoon Cardamon

•1 teaspoon Vanilla or Vanilla Bean seeds

•½ cup sugar


Combine the teff flour and milk together in a pot with a whisk.

Whisk in the cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla.

You will have to whisk well to get rid of any lumps.


Place the pot over medium heat, continuing to use the whisk until all lumps are gone.

Let mixture cook and thicken, using a wooden spoon to keep from sticking to the pot.

Once it’s thickened, remove from heat and stir in the sugar til combined.

Cover for a few minutes while you get any garnishes ready and let the mousse cool.

Spoon into a bowl and enjoy!

My Review

17571688_1245131395536486_1827421608_oI genuinely enjoyed this recipe! The teff flour works well the spices and cocoa powder and the mixture fills you up completely. It is the perfect breakfast meal that leaves you satisfied and full. My family and I used to joke that you can’t eat too much Ethiopian food because the teff in the injera seems to expand in your stomach after eating. I think the same warning should be applied to this mousse! I was not hungry for a long time afterwards — which I think is a definite plus. It also provides some much needed nutrients, giving you energy throughout the day. Since I made this for breakfast, I added granola and strawberries and it was delicious.


Notes on Cooking

This mix is quite thick and will continue to thicken. Any leftovers must be reconstituted with about 1/2 cup of milk and whisked over heat.

It was a little bit grainy but was solved by straining after adding the sugar.

This awesome recipe was found on Will Frolic For Food’s online blog, where she has a few more recipes that incorporate teff and other healthy recipes.




And a couple more resources for using teff: