Teff Energy Bars

Teff Energy Bars {gluten free and whole grain} - girlheartfood.com

Teff Energy Bars

These gluten free and whole grain Teff Energy Bars are LOADED with goodness! There’s fibre and iron rich teff, almond flour, chia seeds, walnuts and let’s not forget chocolate. It’s a treat you can feel happy about eating.   An energy bar never tasted so delicious!

Hey guys!  How did the weekend treat ya?  Did you watch the big game?  See all the commercials that cost a small fortune to air?  Tune into half time?  Eat your weight in wings or nachos?  Do you know I heard the other day that there’s over a billion wings eaten during the super bowl!  What?!  That is crazy!  That’s a whole lot of chicken!  What did you think of that half time show with Lady Gaga?  Holy moly!  Does that chick have energy!  What a show!  After watching, I was seriously tired and pumped up at that same time. Um, Lady Gaga? YES!

So if you gorged a small bit yesterday, you may wanna flip the switch and turn on the healthy eating again.  These Teff Energy Bars will do the trick.  Healthy, but with a bit of chocolate so that’s a fair compromise, don’t ya think?

So, what the heck is teff ?  This whole grain goodness only came into my world as of late.  I was flipping through Ricardo magazine and they had a little section saying that teff is the new super grain.   You know how every now and then a food ‘trends’?  Sometimes it’s kale, sometimes it’s cauliflower.  Well, I thought, better not miss that train.  I’m often late to the party and no sir was I going to miss this one 😉  Apparently, it is an ancient grain originating from Ethiopia. It’s gluten free, whole grain and vegan. It has a definite unique texture, like you know it’s there when you put it in stuff, which, I guess, is kinda the point, right?Teff Energy Bars {gluten free & whole grain} - girlheartfood.com

Teff Energy Bars {gluten free and whole grain} - girlheartfood.com

So, loaded with this information of this up and coming product I was bound to get my little hands on some.  Having less than stellar luck with past gluten free baking projects and almost giving up all hope, I decided to give it another go.  New year, new chances, right?  And if you use vegan chocolate here (if you please), these are totally vegan friendly!Teff Energy Bars {gluten free & whole grain} - girlheartfood.com

Now, step in Teff Energy Bars!  Ta da!!!  I whipped these up multiple times until I got them juuuuuust right.  They are huge hit in our home.  Hubby didn’t even believe me when I said they are healthy.  He thought I put some magic in there.  I asked him if he wanted some packed in his lunch and before I had a chance to finish the question, he shouted a big happy ‘YES’.  And do  you know even before I had a chance to take the pics for this post, he had his hands on them, so I may be a couple short 😉

Teff Energy Bars {gluten free & whole grain} - girlheartfood.com

Aside from all the goodness in these Teff Energy Bars, they are so easy to put together.  Get out your food processor, blitz all the goodies up, place in a parchment lined baking dish and bake for a bit and you are done, son!  Well, let that baby rest for a bit to set up. Don’t even think about cutting into these for a few hours.  It’ll be worth the wait.  Promise.  I cut these into 12 pieces, but they are so rich and filling you can even cut into 24.  But, I don’t think hubby would be too pleased ’bout that 😀Teff Energy Bars {gluten free & whole grain} - girlheartfood.com

Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂


P.S. If you are craving something a little more indulgent, then be sure to check out my last post – Lemon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Raspberries & White Chocolate Drizzle.

P.P.S. If you think that these Teff Energy Bars will make your belly happy too, please  be sure to hit that little PIN button down below to save for later.  Many thanks, you guys! XO

Teff Energy Bars {gluten free & whole grain} - girlheartfood.com

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Teff Energy Bars
These gluten free and whole grain Teff Energy Bars are LOADED with goodness! There's fibre and iron rich teff, almond flour, chia seeds, walnuts and let's not forget chocolate. It's a treat you can feel happy about eating.   An energy bar never tasted so delicious!
Teff Energy Bars {whole grain and gluten free} - girlheartfood.com
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 4-5 hours
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 4-5 hours
Teff Energy Bars {whole grain and gluten free} - girlheartfood.com
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. In a food processor combine dates, maple syrup, almond butter, coconut oil and salt and blend until smooth, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add teff, almond flour and chia seeds and blend until combined.
  3. Add dark chocolate chips and walnuts and blend until combined.
  4. In a parchment lined baking dish (I used a 8" x 11" dish), place parchment paper. Firmly press mixture evenly down into dish and bake for about 30 minutes. Important - Let cool for about 2 hours before placing in fridge to cool for about 2 hours before cutting into bars (use sharp knife to cut into bars). Store in fridge. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Note - if you want to have them ready to eat faster, you can let cool on the counter for about 30 minutes or so before placing into freezer for about 20 -30 minutes before cutting into bars.  Store in fridge.

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40 thoughts on “Teff Energy Bars

  1. Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com says:

    They certainly look like you put a little magic in them 🙂 I saw teff in Wholefoods a few times and was wondering what it is and how to use it. My husband is on a gluten free diet now so I have to start experimenting with all those ingredients – I could imagine that he would very much like a teff energy bar in his lunch box too 🙂
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  2. karrie@tastyeverafter says:

    Yay Patriots!!!! I ate & drank way too much for a Sunday night so i need these teff bars! I’ve never used teff at home before but I’m going to get some to try your recipe. If Mr. B likes them then I know I will too 🙂
    btw, nice nail polish. I have that same color.

  3. Cindy says:

    These look great. I recently got back into swimming, and I am S-T-R-U-G-G-L-I-N-G. I have set a goal to do a triathlon, and I could use some Teff in my life. I need to give these a go! Thanks for sharing.

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      That sounds like a fantastic goal, Cindy! Swimming is awesome exercise….little at a time and I’m sure you’ll get there 🙂 Hope you like these teff bars. They disappear no time around our house! Thanks so much!

  4. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    I’ve heard of teff lately as well. Have you heard of Kaniwa? I read about it being the new replacement for quinoa. I’m not sure about that, but it sure is another good grain for the kitchen recipe arsenal. I am loving it. Need to try this one out.

    Don’t think I’ll be jumping off stadium roofs or platforms or anything like Miss G, but this has me excited to try! Thanks! 🙂
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  5. Adina says:

    I’ve never made anything with teff, but this bars look delicious! The only thing I’ve seen related to the Super Bowl were a few of the adds, the Budweiser one and the one with the Mexican girl. I liked the message behind them.
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  6. Jolina says:

    Well that’s my word for today! It’s the first time I’m hearing of teff but hooray for every healthy new thing they discover! I’ve been experimenting with energy bars so a teff version will definitely go in there! And yes, I watched the “game” but really I just tuned in for Lady Gaga lol. I kinda want to jump off from up high like that! Happy Monday!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I’m on my second bag of teff right now…love it! Lady Gaga jumping off that platform….I know, right?? I had to rewind and everything at the end when she caught the ball and just went for it 😀 Have a great week, Jolina! Thank you!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank you Annie! I think we all overindulged a little this past weekend, but, hey, I guess that’s what weekends are for, right 😉 ? I think you’ll enjoy these bars! Have a wonderful week too! XO

  7. annie says:

    I’ve been meaning to try teff for a long time now, but honestly didn’t want to use money/time experimenting with it. I’m glad you did the grunt work for me! These look amazing.

    Also…the word “teff” always makes me giggle, I don’t know why. like “what the teff is going on here?!?!”
    I know. I’m a dork.
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  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Well, since I don’t care for either team that played yesterday we didn’t watch the whole game. We tuned in for the halftime show (because Umm Lady Gaga rocks) and then we watched the rest of the game after that. What a game! Anyways, I have heard of teff, but I have yet to use it, so wahoooo to you! Look at you all rollin with the cool kids and the new fad! 😉 These energy bars look amazing! I love the dates and maple syrup in here! These are snack-tastic, my dear! Cheers!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      It definitely was quite the game for sure! History made and everything! Hahaha! They are our new favourite thing ’round here for sure. We’ve been going through the teff like crazy. Thanks Cheyanne!!

  9. Shashi at RunninSrilankan says:

    You definitely put some magic in these bars, Dawn! They look fantastic! Glad you jumped on the teff train – there’s a little South Asian store I frequent that has finely ground teff and millet flours on sale all the time and I’ve experimented with it before though everytime I make something it disappears too quick so nothing has made it onto my blog yet – such a versatile and healthy grain!
    You echoed my sentiments regarding Lady Gaga – phew the energy – she was non-stop – and what a fantastic performance – even though the dirty birds lost, it was a great game – and I’m not even a big football fan! Happy Monday to ya!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Awwww…thanks Shashi!! I’m so happy to be on the teff train. I’m already on my second bag! It definitely was a crazy game! I can only imagine the energy for those people who were actually there! Hope you have a fantastic week 🙂

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    I hope you had a great weekend, Dawn! I’m not really a football fan, so I just tuned in for some of the commercials and the half-time show, but my husband was glued to the TV haha. We didn’t go to a superbowl party this year, so I didn’t overeat too much, but I definitely need to get back on track after the weekend. I love the looks of these energy bars! I’ve never heard of teff before today, so now I’m intrigued and will be on the lookout for it. Sounds like the perfect snack! Pinned, of course! Hope your week is off to a great start, friend!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      No super bowl party for us either, but we did enjoy some good eats. Hubby made homemade pasta again and it was so good! I think I’m still full now, lol 😀 I found the teff in the health food section of my supermarket. Thanks so much for the kind words and Pin, Gayle! Hope you have a great week too….snowing here today!!

  11. David @ Spiced says:

    So I’ve heard the same thing about Teff…it’s supposed to be the newest supergrain fad. I haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but I love that you jumped in with both feet and made these energy bars! How perfect are these for a Monday morning…especially the Monday morning after the Super Bowl. I definitely need to track down some teff and try these out now. Fun! Also, I totally agree with you about Lady Gaga. I found myself “dancing” in my seat during her performance last night. Talk about energy!!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I found the teff in the health food section of my supermarket. It definitely has a unique texture. Lady Gaga was insane, right? So funny at the end when she just jumped off the platform. I had to rewind back and everything 😀 Thanks David!

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