Oil-Free Vegan Teff Pancakes

oil free vegan teff pancakes helyn's plant-based kitchen

This Basic Teff Pancake recipe is from Helyn’s Plant-Based Kitchen.

Put a bit of whole grain variety into your diet by adding in this ancient East African grain: teff. You won’t regret it, especially if you’ve been missing a good pancake or flatbread-type recipe.

Start your weekend morning right with these whole grain vegan pancakes topped with your favourite fruit and syrup.


  • teff flour
  • brown rice flour
  • coconut sugar
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • sea salt (optional)
  • water
  • flax meal
  • apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • unsweetened (plain) plant-based milk
  • applesauce
  • vanilla extract


You can omit the salt if you wish as the baking soda and powder add plenty of sodium to help the pancakes rise.

And flax meal is just ground flax seed, so you can always grind your own. A coffee grinder should do the trick.

For the applesauce, homemade is best, but a simple store-bought version (ideally with no additives) works fine too. The more natural, the better (for flavour and your health).

Want to learn more about teff? An ancient whole grain from East Africa, teff has been a staple for centuries. You can learn more about the grain on Bob’s Red Mill (just scroll down).

Do you happen to be celiac, or want to be gluten-free? Well, good news: teff is gluten-free. It’s always nice to add another whole grain to the “gluten-free safe list”, that’s for sure.

Teff is also the base for traditional injera. In fact, you only need two ingredients to make the traditional Ethiopian (sourdough) flatbread: teff flour and water. Because sometimes simple really is best.

And another great thing about these vegan pancakes is, when paired with a bit of applesauce or fruit syrup, they’re a great snack the next day (they tend to be a bit dry on their own though – as pancakes often are).

Just spread on your favourite topping, roll them up, and enjoy! If you have a few minutes you could even heat them up a bit.

Get the full recipe for Basic Teff Pancakes on Helyn’s Plant-Based Kitchen.

Want to learn more about Ethiopian vegan cooking?

If you’re interested in learning more about teff or Ethiopian cuisine, you may want to check out the cookbook Teff Love: Adventures in Vegan Ethiopian Cooking. The recipes may not always be oil-free, but you can often substitute in water or vegetable broth to saute vegetables.

And there is lots of information about Ethiopian cooking, which includes plenty of whole plant foods, as well as tips on where to find various plant foods, spices, and vegan options.

Click here to check out the cookbook by Kittee Berns.

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