Everyone loves brownies, right? They are Cheryl’s favorite dessert and she has been asking me to make her some with walnuts for ages. My new gluten free vegan teff brownies have her seal of approval. She never suspected that they were gluten-free!
This past year I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy. While it did make me a little sad, I have been experimenting with teff flour the past few years.
If you are someone in your family can’t have gluten, tell me in the comments what you miss the most. I’ll see if I can come up with a gluten-free option for you!
This post is sponsored by The Teff Company, the makers of Maskal Teff™ products. It’s my go-to gluten-free flour, and I think you’ll love cooking with it too. If you can’t find them in your local store, you can order Maskal Teff™ products on Amazon.
What is Teff?
It’s a tiny whole grain that originates from Ethiopia. If you’ve ever had Ethiopian food, you ate teff in the spongy sourdough flatbread called injera.
While teff is used in that bread, it’s the fermentation process that gives it the traditional sour taste. You won’t find any of that in these gluten free vegan teff brownies or other baked goods made with teff flour.
I think the fine grind of the teff flour really makes it easy to bake with. It doesn’t have the bits of bran that you expect from whole wheat flour. It feels a little like extra-fine ground cornmeal.
It’s also a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamin C.
Can You Taste That These Brownies are Gluten-Free?
I was amazed at how well teff flour worked in these brownies. They turned out fudgy and moist in the middle and slightly crispy on top, just the way I like them.
You really can’t tell these moist brownies are gluten-free.
Can I Make Gluten Free Vegan Teff Brownies in My Instant Pot?
I get about 10 to 12 (2 tablespoon-sized) mini brownie bite out of this recipe.
You will need to use spray oil to easily remove the bites. Add 2 tablespoons of batter to each bite, then cover the mold with foil.
Also you will put the egg bite molds on a rack over about 1 1/2 cups water for a 6-quart Instant Pot.
Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, release the pressure manually. Remove the molds and rack, let the brownies cool until you can touch them.
Normally I bake them in the oven in a 9-inch brownie pan.
Is Teff Flour Like Wheat Flour?
It is a gluten-free flour, but I think it behaves closer to wheat because it is a high protein flour.
In most recipes you will still not be able to substitute teff for wheat flour 1 to 1, but it works with these gluten free vegan teff brownies.
You can see in the photo below that teff is grainier than regular wheat flour.
There are 2 Different Varieties of Teff, Ivory and Brown
The brown has a flavor that’s a little earthy and nutty. It’s perfect for anything chocolate.
The ivory has a milder taste, and does well in recipes where a lighter color and flavor matters.
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds mixed with 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Brown Teff Flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup additional chopped walnuts for top of brownies, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil an 8 x 8 inch brownie pan and/or line with parchment paper.
- Mix the wet ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then mix the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
- Add the dry to the wet and mix well. The batter will be very thick.Then add the walnuts and stir in.
- Scrape the batter out into your prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the additional ¼ cup walnuts over the top and press in with your hands.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
** Use another mild oil instead of avocado oil or use mashed avocado to make them no oil added.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 244 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 10g Cholesterol 3mg Sodium 107mg Carbohydrates 31g Fiber 3g Sugar 16g Protein 4g