What’s Thanksgiving like without any rolls? Hopefully, I will never find out. These Gluten-Free Vegan Teff Oat Rolls will look great on your table, and you’ll be beloved by any vegans or celiacs around your table. These rolls only need to rise once, so that makes your dinner come together fast.
You may have avoided making gluten-free bread because you think that you’ll need a lot of expensive, hard-to-find flours. The base of these rolls is a mixture of teff flour and oat flour. You may not have oat flour, but you probably have rolled oats in your pantry. Just throw some rolled oats into your food processor and process until small, and you’ve made your own oat flour!
The recipe has ground chia seeds and ground flax seed to act as a binder. I also added in some ground psyllium husk which keeps them moister and keeps them from crumbling.
Happy gluten-free baking!
- 1½ cups very warm water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave nectar)
- 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (about 1 standard packet)
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seed
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon ground psyllium husk
- 1 cup Maskal Ivory Teff ( or Brown Teff flour)
- 1 cup oat flour (*see note at bottom)
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- ½ cup arrowroot flour
- ¼ cup brown rice flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with oil or parchment paper.
- Combine the warm water and maple syrup in a 4 cup measuring cup or small mixing bowl. Stir until sweetener is dissolved.
- Note: The water must not be too hot or it will kill the yeast. You can test the water on the underside of your wrist. If it’s too hot to touch wait until it cools a bit. If it’s winter and your house is freezing, you can put water from the tap into the microwave for about 45 seconds to warm it up.
- Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water mixture. In a few minutes, you should notice some change as the yeast gets activated. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Add the Maskal Ivory Teff flour, oat flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, brown rice flour, baking soda, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix well and set aside.
- Go back to the yeast mixture and add in olive oil, ground chia seed, apple cider vinegar, ground flax seed, and ground psyllium husk. Mix well and let sit for about 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken into a slurry.
- After the 5 minutes are up, add the wet yeast mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. You can also do this in a mixer with the paddle attachment (not the dough hook).
- Mix the dough until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated with the wet ones. The dough will be more sticky than a traditional wheat bread dough. Let the dough sit for about 5 minutes before making the rolls.
- Form 10 rolls out of the dough, placing them on the baking sheet as you go. I also make a cut with a sharp knife down the middle for decoration. I made oval rolls, but you can make them any shape you want. If the dough is sticking to your hands, wet your hand a bit as needed.
- Cover the newly formed rolls with a clean dish towel and put in a warm place. In the winter I put it on top of the stove because it’s warmer since the oven is on. Let them rise for 20 minutes. They won’t quite double in size, but they should grow a little bit bigger.
- Uncover the pan and place it in the preheated oven. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the bottoms have turned a dark brown and the tops of the rolls are solid.
- Store any leftover rolls in an airtight container.
- *You can make your own oat flour by processing rolled oats in your food processor. It easy and cheap too!