Teff Date Nut Coffee Quick Bread

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teff date nut coffee quick bread photo by vsimon

Is this temping or what?

I like to play with my food, and new ingredients. There was a bag of teff flour in the freezer, calling me.

There were a couple of ideas floating around in my head. And I searched online for other ideas. There aren’t many recipes online for teff. Maybe because teff is hard to find, it is expensive, and it is brown.

Yes, the flour is beautifully brown. I hear there is an ivory variety, but not at my store. Still, it is a highly nutritious gluten free whole grain. And it tastes good. Learn more about teff, seeds and flour, here.

Most often I use it for simple pancakes. Just teff flour, no mixtures. And the pancakes are brown. I think they are lovely, but some folks will object to the color.

I easily converted a wheat based date bread recipe from allrecipes. This uses just teff flour. Who wants to mix 15, or even three gluten free flours together?

And starches? Forget about it! They are as devoid of nutrition as sugar, so you won’t find them here. Also, there is only half as much sugar as the original recipe. The dates make it plenty sweet, I didn’t want a tooth ache.

Adding xanthan is a must. Using 3 mini tins instead of a regular loaf pan helps too.

The final dish must still taste great, have normal texture, and look inviting. This recipe does it all.

Teff Date Nut Coffee Quick Bread

yield 3 mini loaves

1 cup chopped dates

1 tablespoon instant coffee powder

1 cup very hot water

1 1/2 cups teff

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon xanthan

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup oil

1 egg, beaten

Warm oven to 350 degrees.

Oil 3 mini loaf pans and put on a rimmed sheet pan for easy movement in and out of the oven.

In a small bowl: mix dates, coffee powder, and water. Set aside while dates plump and the mixture cools a bit.

In a big bowl: mix teff flour, pecans, sugar, xanthan, salt, and soda. Mix thoroughly so there are no clumps of xanthan or soda. Pinch any little clumps of soda with your fingers to break them up.

Add oil and beaten egg to the liquid date mixture. Stir it up well.

Add liquid date mixture to flour mixture. Stir to combine thoroughly. Allow mixture to rest for about 5 minutes so the xanthan can hydrate.

Equally divide batter into 3 mini pans.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Completely cool before cutting.

These freeze beautifully, very nice for make ahead gluten free gifts.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Or, if you must, chance warming in the microwave to thaw. Sans any metal tins of course.

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You may like our Chocolate Angel Food Cake, also made with 100% teff flour. See that posting here.

There is a tasty gingerbread recipe by Jacqueline Mallorca here. Scroll way to the end. I made it in a 9” round pan for prettier presentation. And topped it with whipped cream and diced candied ginger.

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This post was submitted to the January 2011 edition of Go Ahead Honey, It Is Gluten Free. Hosted by the amazing Lauren at Celiac Teen.

Beautiful, Gorgeous, Awesome, Gluten-Free 100% Oat Flour Chocolate Cake

Oat Four Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon

oat flour chocolate cake with cinnamon photo by vsimon

I love oats, and now oat flour. This cake is decadent, moist, rich, not too sweet. Perfect for a special occasion, or any given Tuesday. 🙂

Be sure to buy certified gluten-free oat flour. Not all commercially available oat flour is gluten-free. Even from companies that sell other gluten-free oat products.

For example, Bob’s Red Mill sells many fine gluten-free products, including oatmeal, run on their dedicated gluten-free facility. But their oat flour is not produced in that facility, and is not tested for cross-contamination.  

 (Update:Bob’s Red Mill now does have a certified gluten-free oat flour which, according to their site, is made from oats grown in dedicated fields and processed in a gluten-free facility.  It is also tested for gluten to ensure purity. 

 http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-oat-flour.html

Thanks, Margaret)

It may be possible to grind your own oat flour from certified gluten-free oatmeal, but I have not tried it. Please let us know if you do this.

I use Cream Hill Estates certified gluten-free oat flour. Full disclosure: Cream Hill Estates supplies me with oat products for recipe development. 

Lets get back to the cake.

It is adapted from Best Ever Chocolate Cake on the Cream Hill Estates website. I reduced the sugar, switched it to dark brown sugar, baked the cake in rounds, and added the frosting.

Flavor

To my taste, perfect! Rich dark chocolate and hit of cinnamon. Cinnamon and chocolate are natural friends. Add oats and dark brown sugar (but not too much), and now we have a party.

Texture

Oat flour gives a soft, moist crumb. And this is all oat flour, 100%. No refined starches, devoid of nutrition.

Save some cake for later. Even days later, it has the same moist texture.

We can’t forget the frosting. Silky, smooth, rich.

Easy

You just measure and beat for a few minutes to mix up the cake batter. Ditto for making the frosting. No special skills required.

Frosting the cake is simple too. The cake layers bake up with smooth shiny tops. Keep the tops up. That way, the cake doesn’t crumble into the frosting when you slather on this decadence. I always hate when that happens.

It is all fool proof, so easy the kids can help.

Dreamy

Yes, I dream about this cake. Make it once, and you will too.

 Oat Flour Chocolate Cake Slice

slice of oat flour chocolate cake with cinnamon

photo by vsimon

Oat Flour Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon

Yield: one two-layer 8” cake

Cake

¾ cup oil

¾ cup dark brown sugar

¾ cup milk

6 tablespoons pure cocoa powder, not cocoa drink mix

1 ¼ cup certified gluten-free oat flour

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

3 eggs

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Frosting

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

8 ounces butter (2 sticks), room temperature

¾ cup pure cocoa powder, not cocoa drink mix

6 tablespoons water

2 cups powdered sugar

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Oil or butter two 8” round cake pans.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth.

Evenly divide batter into both pans.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Cool and gently remove cake from the pans. Really, it holds together well. Just use normal gentleness, no need to get nervous.

To make the frosting:

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.

Add cocoa powder and water. Beat again until smooth.

Add powdered sugar in batches, about 1 cup at a time. It will be a cloudy mess if you try to beat all the powdered sugar in at once.

Note: if the cocoa and/or powdered sugar are clumpy, press them through a mesh strainer before beating into the butter mixture. This will ensure smooth frosting.

To frost the cake:

Put one cake layer, shiny side up on a serving plate. To keep the serving plate clean, tuck four 3” wide strips of waxed paper under the cake so the plate is covered.

Put about 1 cup of frosting on top of the bottom layer and smooth so it goes over the edge a bit.

Put the next layer, shiny side up again, and top with more frosting. Smooth it the same.

Add frosting to the sides and smooth all the way around. Carefully remove the waxed paper.

Enjoy!! I feel the need to turn on the oven. Tuesday is tomorrow.

You might enjoy other oat recipes. Cocoa Cherry Muesli and

Beef and UnBarley Soup. Or Cherry Ginger Crisp in the NFCA February Newsletter, scroll down to the Nourish column for the recipe.

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Sorghum Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

sorghum banana muffin

sorghum banana muffin photo by vsimon

Oh, these are big and beautiful. These muffins are adapted from a recipe for banana bread with chocolate chips.

Now it is gluten free, dairy free, and whole grain.

Banana pure makes them very moist and tender, not crumbly. And they hold well in the fridge without getting dry.

Vince says (always) that he would prefer some banana chunks, not all blended up. That suggestion (always) causes me to make faces. Banana chunks are just too slippery for me. He will have to make his own if he wants chunks. He (always) knows this.

I use dark brown sugar because it has more antioxidants than many other sweeteners. To me, 1 cup of dark brown sugar overwhelms the banana flavor, adding a molasses undertone. But most people like their muffins very sweet. And these are plenty sweet.

Some people (me) would be happy with less, say 3/4 cup of sugar. The ripeness of the bananas impacts the sweetness too. The riper they are, the sweeter they are. This is a great place to use bananas that are getting really soft, spotty, and fragrant.

The demerara sugar topping is fun. But it is optional. Demerara sugar is washed raw cane sugar, in big crunchy crystals.

sorghum banana muffin

nice tender texture photo by vsimon

Sorghum Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

makes 12 metric measures
3 large very ripe bananas, peeled 500 gm
¼ cup canola oil 60 ml
1 large egg 50 gm
2 cups sorghum flour 250 gm
1 tsp xanthan 4 gm
1 cup dark brown sugar, or less 200 gm
1 1/2 tsp baking powder 6 gm
½ tsp salt 4 gm
¼ cup chocolate chips 40 gm
2 tablespoons demerara sugar, optional 25 gm

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Put bananas, oil and egg in a blender and process until smooth.

In a large bowl, mix flour, xanthan, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Pour blended bananas into the flour mixture. Stir until smooth.

Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the xanthan to rehydrate. The batter will get thicker.

Put papers in muffins tins.

Stir the chocolate chips into the batter.

Evenly divide the batter into the muffin papers. Sprinkle generously with demerara sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes. It really does take this long.

PS I love banana muffins, but will not eat a raw banana. Most people just cannot understand that. I say, everyone doesn’t like something. For me, it is raw bananas. Do you love them? Or turn them into treats?

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