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Spiced Apple Tahini Teff Bread

with Pumpkin Seeds

A seasonal treat filled with warming flavours, seasonal spices and a touch of maple syrup as a sweetener.  This recipe is a feel-good cake ~ I tested it many times & happily ate it; it goes great with tea, herbal tea or coffee a festive cocktail as a dessert or snack.


Teff is good for us and our changing environment. It is a drought-resistant, heat tolerant, fast-growing grass with tiny seeds that grind into flour with rich earthy tones, a high protein content, iron, essential minerals, and is naturally gluten-free.

  • Serves1 loaf
  • Cooks in 40-45 mins
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Gluten-free

    Recipes are gluten-free. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye products. People with autoimmune Celiac disease are allergic to gluten.

  • Low Sugar
  • Healthy Snack

    Snacks, bites & appetiser recipes & inspiration. Sweet & savoury snacks, healthy bites, hors d'oeuvres, appetisers, canapes, fun food to share.

  • High Fibre

    High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.

  • Iron

    Iron is a mineral essential for building red blood cells, carrying oxygen to lungs & tissues, cellular energy metabolism, healthy brain & immune functions.

    Foods high in Iron;
    Spinach, kale, parsley, nettles, seaweed, algae, leafy greens, potato skin
    Red meat, poultry, liver, fish, shellfish - sardines, 
    Eggs, Mushrooms, 
    Tofu, Black Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Beans
    Quinoa, Teff, Oats, Buckwheat, Rice, Millet, Barley, Wheat
    Seeds pumpkin & squash, pistachios, hemp, flax, almonds, cashews, cacao, dark chocolate,
    Dried fruits apricots, raisins, molasses


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  • 1 cup apple* - grated
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • 1 cup teff flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • OR 1 tbsp pumpkin spice | cake spice



Spiced Apple Tahini Teff Bread


PREHEAT oven 350F | 175C.  Line a loaf with parchment paper or grease.


WET — whisk eggs, tahini, apple sauce, maple & vanilla until smooth; stir in grated apple.


ADD DRY ingredients and mix well until combined.  STIR in pumpkin seeds


POUR into the loaf tin and spread evenly,   


GARNISH top with pumpkin seeds.


BAKE 40 – 45 mins – start checking after 30 mins. Cooked = top springs back when lightly pressed, inserted skewer comes out clean.


COOL 5 mins in the tin, turn onto wire cooling rack, remove loaf tin + paper, cool completely before slicing.


Serving Ideas
room temp, warm or lightly toasted.
with coffee, tea, herbal tea or a spiced festive cocktail.
topped with butter, apple butter or pear butter.
topped with hazelnut chocolate spread or nut butter.
topped with whipped honey goats cheese.


STORE in an airtight container or freeze whole or in easy to grab slices.

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Blend + Benefits < or use cinnamon + ginger


*1 CUP GRATED APPLE = 1 big apple grated.  You want a packed cup of grated apple.


TEFF FLOUR – is available these days in most supermarkets, health food stores or online.  You can buy teff grains and grind them into flour if you have a high-speed blender or grinder. 


SWAP MAPLE SYRUP for honey or other syrup sweeteners of your choice.  


SWAP PUMPKIN SEEDS for chopped walnuts, pecans or flaked almonds, hemp or sunflower seeds.


SWAP TAPIOCA for Cornstarch, arrowroot or rice flour.


ADD Chocolate Chips up to ¾ cup – I use fair trade, dark, vegan choc chips.

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