This Healthy Ethiopian Breakfast Bowl Features Your New Favourite Grain

a teff breakfast bowl with a pear on the side
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
3 servings

Need a delicious and healthy way to switch up your breakfast routine? This teff breakfast bowl is it! Inspired by my Ethiopian Canadian upbringing, it’s a tasty spin on the flavours of home. Teff is an ancient grain that is quintessential to Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine – it’s usually found in the traditional Ethiopian flatbread injera. This tiny grain is rich in minerals like manganese and iron. Plus, it’s packed with protein. In case you need a few more reasons to add it to your pantry, teff is also a great source of fibre and is naturally gluten-free.

This healthy breakfast bowl is flavoured with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom – all of the essential ingredients to Ethiopian tea. The spiced teff is topped with crisp pears, creamy almond butter and crunchy pecans that pair perfectly with the grain. Finally, it’s sweetened with Canadian maple syrup, so each spoonful is rich in flavour and texture.



Teff Breakfast Bowl

cup teff grains (not the flour – unless you prefer a smoother texture)
cup water
cup almond milk
stick cinnamon
tsp cloves
tsp cardamom


1 ½
pears, sliced
cup pecans
tsp maple syrup
Tbsp almond butter


ingredients for a teff breakfast bowl
Step 1

Add the teff, water, almond milk, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom to a pot and bring to a boil. Be sure to stir frequently. As it begins to thicken, turn the heat down and put a lid on the pot until it’s cooked all the way through. Tip: Use a rice cooker to guarantee a perfect batch every time.

Step 2

Pour ⅓ of the teff mix into a bowl and remove the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.

Step 3

Top the teff bowl with half a thinly sliced pear, ⅓ of the pecans, 1 Tbsp almond butter and 2 tsp maple syrup.

Step 4

Pour the remaining teff mix evenly into two bowls and repeat the topping steps listed above (or refrigerate and enjoy as two days’ worth of pre-made breakfast).

Step 5

Grab a spoon and eat up!

a closeup of a teff breakfast bowl

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