Healthy cholesterol comfort food

This delicious high protein vegetarian recipe is suitable for breakfast, brunch or even a comforting dinner, served with a bowl of steamed veg on the side.

Teff flour is a beautiful ingredient, rich in nutrients – a complete protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, it should certainly be on your menu if you are meat free. Just adding water to brown teff results in a velvety rich batter which looks very similar to thick cocoa. Teff is 40% resistant starch, a form of starch said to be effective in lowering cholesterol.

Figs are well known for their high fibre content, and in particular pectin, a soluble fibre which travels through the digestive system and is very effective at mopping up cholesterol before it enters the bloodstream.

Serves 2


1 ½ cups teff flour (I prefer the dark one but any will do)

2 cups of warm water

1 tablespoon coconut oil

120g coconut yogurt or soft cheese

4 ripe figs

50g almond flakes, lightly toasted


  • Place a frying pan on the heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the teff flour and water until smooth. It will mix very easily with just a spoon.
  • Drop a dollop of coconut oil into the hot pan and immediately ladle some teff batter onto it. It will form a pancake with holes in it. Put a lid on the pan and leave to cook for a minute or two. The underside should become crisp while the top cooks with the steam. No need to flip it, it’s ready to set aside and move on to the next one.
  • Meanwhile, cut the figs in half and place under the grill for 5 minutes or until slightly charred
  • Spread the soft cheese / yoghurt onto the pancakes, place the fig halves on top and sprinkle with almond flakes.
  • Serve and enjoy.