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Teff, a Gluten-Free Grain: Interview with Claire Smith, the Founder of Tenera Grains

What is teff, a gluten-free grain, and how to cook teff? In today’s episode we are talking with Claire Smith, a teff farmer and the founder of Tenera Grains.

In the interview Claire talks about the benefits of teff, her experience growing it and how to cook with it. She also shares her favourite breakfast recipe with teff – you can find it at the bottom of the page.

A short overview of what you can learn in the interview:

01:58 Why Claire started growing teff

03:20 Health benefits of teff and you should add teff to your diet

10:50 Tasting teff

11:55 How to cook with teff

16:52 Teff granola

21:10 For which diet is teff suitable (GF, vegan, Keto, Paleo etc. )

22:12 Claire’s favourite teff recipe for breakfast

Easy Breakfast Recipe with Teff

 – 1/2 cup of oatmeal,

 – 2 tbsp of buckwheat groats

 – 1 tbsp of teff grain

 – milk (any plant-based milk will also do)

Add all the ingredients to a mason jar and cover with milk (any plant-based milk will also work), add 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup. Mix it a night before to get an overnight breakfast. Teff and buckwheat start to sprout. Very healthy and fills you up. 

About Claire Smith

Claire Smith was raised on a farm in Michigan, USA. In 2015, her dad started growing teff on their farm and she worked with teff grain and teff flour in the kitchen. Two years later, Claire started making granola with teff  which became wildly popular with friends and family. Learn more about her story at

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