Vegan Teff Spice Cookies

July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm 13 comments

Cookie love! I having been thoroughly enjoying the teff flour I purchased  from NutsOnline last week and have already made these little gems along with several batches of gluten free flatbread that I will post soon. I can’t believe I hadn’t tried teff previously – I was missing out!

According to J. Fedder at Associated Content, teff is a “super grain powerhouse”! Teff is a gluten-free grain that is low-fat, high in fiber and protein, packed with vitamins and minerals, and contains all 8 essential amino acids. This tiny grain is also beneficial for diabetics since it’s great for controlling blood sugar with its dietary fiber and resistant starch.  In a nutshell, I need to incoporate more teff into my diet…why not start with cookies, does that count? 🙂

If you can’t find teff flour locally, check it out here at NutsOnline – they offer it for $4.99 per 1 pound bag 🙂

I adore molasses-ginger type cookies and this recipe was inspired by the lovely Amy Green and her Teff Almond Butter Cookies over at her Simply Sugar and Gluten Free blog! This recipe yields a soft and chewy cookie with a bit of spice without eggs, refined sugar, butter, gums or added oil. I froze a few cookies and they were even delicious straight from the freezer – amazing! Amy created a delicious ice-cream sandwich with her cookies – my spice cookies would be lovely with some cinnamon ice cream in the middle!

Vegan Teff Spice Cookies (adapted from Amy’s Teff Almond Butter Cookies)


1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon chia seed meal (ground chia seeds)
3/4 cup teff flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 shakes of ground cloves (or two pinches)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup, honey (not vegan), agave or gluten-free brown rice syrup
1 tsp gluten free vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond butter


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line one baking sheets with silpat mat or parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the applesauce and chia seed meal and set aside.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the teff flour, sea salt, spices, and baking powder and set aside. In a separate bowl, heat the almond butter for about 20 seconds in the microwave. Stir the honey, vanilla, and applesauce-chia mixture into the warm almond butter. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, then stir to combine.
4. Use a cookie scoop to portion the dough into 12 cookies and roll each one. Set them on the prepared cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart from each other. Use the tines of a greased fork to press down the center of the cookie (optional, or you can slightly flatten). Bake for 10 – 13 minutes until the cookies are set, mine took 10 and a 1/2 minutes. *Make sure not to overbake, the cookies will be soft in the middle and chewy.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze (both are delicious!)

Makes 12 cookies

This recipe is featured at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Amy’s Simply Sugar and Gluten Free blog this week!

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Wonderful!!! I’ve got some teff in my cupboard that I bought a couple weeks back, because, well, I wanted to try it. I had no clear plan for it, but now, trust me, I do! Those cookies look soooo good. I love love love your last picture, I can almost feel the chewy texture. Oh, me want… me want now!
    Off to add that one to my list. I’m seriously about to start a distinct list for my “Must Try Recipes by Nora”… 😉

    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  July 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      I always love your comments Sonia, they always make me smile 🙂 Super easy, chewy and healthy, what can be better in a cookie? Your oatmeal protein cookies look yummy too! I am actually making your overnight cherry chocolate oats right now – you inspired me!!! Now I just have to wait to eat…that’s the hardest part!

  • 3. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free  |  July 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I bet these would make a fabulous addition to Christmas cookie tins! How yummy! I love the spices….I’m going to have to give this recipe a go.


  • 4. forgottenbeast  |  July 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve wanted to try teff flour for awhile–this seems like a great place to start! I’m all in for some spice-ful healthy cookies.

  • 5. Heidi @ Food Doodles  |  July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Those look so good! I’ve been really curious about teff and teff flour and I even have some in my cupboard. Can’t wait to try it out!

  • 6. Carolyn  |  July 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Beautiful job with these! I haven’t tried teff yet, may have to give it a go soon!

    • 7. naturalnoshing  |  July 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Carolyn! That’s a huge compliment coming from you! I love your blog and all your food sounds and looks delish!

  • 8. Peanut Butter Bliss « Natural Noshing  |  August 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    […] If you wanted to use a chewy gluten free cookie for ice cream sandwiches, my vegan teff spice cookies would be delicious!  For a flavor that would better compliment the peanut butter ice cream, […]

  • 9. Marta @ I love breakfasts!  |  February 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I made a vegan birthday cake some time ago and it was delicious. Cookies sound like a good idea as well 🙂

    • 10. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      A vegan bday cake sounds delish – I need to check out your blog!

  • 11. Raisin & Spice Teff Cookies | The Healthy Foodie  |  February 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    […] ever since I saw it on Nora’s site, that is. So let’s see, that’s a good… erm… yeah, like I said, a […]

  • 12. Christine  |  June 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    What could I use in place of almond butter? Can’t have nuts.

    • 13. naturalnoshing  |  July 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Can you eat seeds? Sunflower seed butter would work but would taste a little different!


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