Teff Pancakes

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast option but still craving a traditional pancake filled with sugar, eggs, and processed flour? If so, this recipe is for you!  The original version of this recipe was given to me by my sister a few years ago. I’ve made a few adaptations over time, but continue to make them on those weekend mornings when I’m in a pancake kind of mood!

These pancakes use flour made from teff, a high-protein, high-fiber, gluten-free grain traditionally used in Ethiopian dishes such as injera. It’s also high in vitamins and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, thiamine, phosphorus, and iron. It has a delicious, nutty flavor which pairs well with banana slices and fresh berries. The best part is, the batter can be made entirely in a blender in just a few minutes. I omitted the coconut oil from the original recipe and added applesauce and banana to the batter which cuts down on unnecessary fat and calories and adds some extra nutrients.

Adapted from original recipe at mindbodygreen.


  • 2 cups teff flour (can usually find in health food store or on Amazon. Be sure to by teff flour and not just teff (more like small seeds which can be used to make porridge))
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder or tapioca
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-2 banana, depending on size (I usually use 2 medium bananas)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4oz applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL: 1-2 Tablespoons honey or vegan sweetener of choice (you can omit this and top with sweetener if desired)
  • OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I usually omit this because my family does not love cinnamon)
  • OPTIONAL: 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, slices of bananas, fresh blueberries to stir in


Preheat griddle over medium heat (I use an electric pancake/waffle maker).

Mix ingredients in blender and blend at low speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Stir in chopped nuts or other fruit if you’d like to cook some in the pancake.

Pour a 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle/pancake maker.

Flip pancakes when bubbles begin to form on top of pancake and bottoms are golden brown (no need to flip if using electric pancake/waffle maker as this cooks both sides simultaneously).

Serve with pure maple syrup and/or  fresh berries.

Freeze leftovers for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast.