Tahini Toast Two Ways

Tahini toast is one of my favourite easy toast recipes! If you’ve never tried tahini on toast before, I’ve written down all you need to know, along with step by step instructions for my two favourite toppings. This is a healthy breakfast toast that you don’t want to miss. Give it a go- I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 

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What is tahini?

Tahini is a Middle Eastern condiment made from sesame seeds. Much like how peanut butter is made from ground peanuts, tahini is made by grinding up hulled sesame seeds until they are a paste.

It is well known for being an ingredient in our favourite dip- hummus! But it also works great in another Middle Eastern dip called baba ganoush, in homemade halva, as part of a vegan dressing or even simply as a dip for falafels. 

Spreading tahini on toast

A lesser known use for tahini is as a healthy spread for toast. It makes a great alternative to peanut butter or avocado toast, and is perfect for people with nut allergies.

Why you should give tahini toast a go

A lot of people give me a strange look when I mention spreading tahini on toast- peanut butter is definitely the more popular option! But take it from a self-proclaimed peanut butter addict; this stuff is good!

Tahini can be known for being a little bit bitter, which puts a lot of people off. A good quality tahini made from hulled sesame seeds should not be too bitter. To make tahini less bitter, you can counter the bitterness with salt; just sprinkle a bit of salt over your tahini toast and you will notice the difference!

This easy toast recipe is tasty and filling, and will keep you going throughout the day thanks to the winning combination of protein and fibre. I’ve gone for some really healthy toppings here, which allow you to get in a portion of fruit and veg.

Sweet or savoury?

Tahini is the base but the toppings can be varied. I’ve included two options for topping here, a sweet and a savoury, so there’s an option for everyone!

The first topping option is a sweet one- I’ve topped the tahini on toast with thinly sliced apples, cinnamon, pecans, and a drizzle of agave nectar.

Thinly sliced apple on board

For the savoury tahini toast, I’ve used roasted vine tomatoes and garlic, a bit of flaky salt, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

I couldn’t choose a favourite of these options, so I like to have a slice of the tomato toast followed by a slice of the apple toast. A bit like a main followed by desert! This is a great option if you have guests as everyone can choose their favourite.

How to make tahini toast

Admittedly, this recipe is more of a guideline to creating the most fantastic healthy breakfast toast, but there’s a few steps to run through.

If you’re making the savoury toast, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Place the vine tomatoes and chopped garlic on a baking sheet, and drizzle them with olive oil. Rub the oil in, and season them with salt and pepper. Pop them in the oven for 20 minutes until they’re bursting open and slightly charred.

When the tomatoes are nearly ready, toast your bread until it’s the perfect level of toastiness. Tahini has a tendency to separate in the jar so give it a good stir, before smearing it over the toast. Then, top the tahini on toast with the freshly roasted tomatoes and garlic, a good helping of sea salt, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

To make the sweet tahini toast, once again smear the toasted bread with a good helping of tahini. Thinly slice the apple and add the slices on top, followed by a sprinkling of cinnamon, chopped pecans, and a drizzle of agave.

Enjoy your healthy breakfast toast!

Which ingredients should I use?

Obviously being the base of the recipe, tahini and toast are the two most important ingredients!

You can use whatever bread you like to make your healthy breakfast toast, depending on your preference or dietary requirements. I love to use a wholemeal or seeded sourdough to keep things a little healthier, and tastier in my opinion!

If you prefer, you can go for a good old slice white bread. You can also make this recipe gluten free by using your favourite gluten free loaf.

When it comes to tahini, the most important thing is making sure it’s made from hulled sesame seeds. Check down your world foods aisle or International supermarket if you have one. You want to look for a tahini which is 100% sesame seeds. Lighter coloured tahini should be less bitter. Just make sure it hasn’t been whitened or coloured artificially.

Ingredients for tahini toast

For the savoury toast, opt for some small red vine tomatoes for the most flavour. I love a good quality balsamic glaze as you can use it in so many dishes, so it’s worth the investment!

For the sweet toast, you can use your favourite variety of apple. I love a gala apple as I find them to be the perfect level of sweetness, but you can use whatever you choose. Agave is a great substitute for honey in this recipe, but you could use maple syrup or date syrup if you don’t have agave to hand.

Can I prepare tahini toast in advance?

This is one of those recipes which you can’t really prepare in advance. The good thing is that it’s so simple you won’t need to! 

If you’re preparing for a crowd, you can use the combined grill and oven setting- this way you can grill your bread in the top and roast your tomatoes and garlic in the bottom. Slice the apples whilst these are cooking, and everything will be ready at once.

Tomatoes and tahini on toast 2

Other tahini toast ideas

If you’re interested in vegan tahini toast but aren’t quite sold on my topping ideas, here’s a few more ideas to get you started:

  • Sliced banana and maple syrup
  • Smashed avocado and chopped tomatoes
  • Miso roasted chickpeas and a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Chopped pistachios and salt

Tahini goes well with so many different flavours, so if you have an idea, give it a go!

Apples and cinnamon on tahini toast

How to store tahini

This recipe will leave you with a lovely jar of tahini for use in so many other recipes. I find it’s best just to store tahini in the cupboard, as stored in the fridge it can seize up and go a little too thick.

Some more tasty toast toppings

Aren’t quite ready to give tahini toast a go? Try these other healthy toast topping ideas for a tasty breakfast!

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Tahini Toast Two Ways

Chloe from Forkful of Plants
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings 2
Tahini toast is one of my favourite easy toast recipes! If you’ve never tried tahini on toast before, I’ve written down all you need to know, along with step by step instructions for my two favourite toppings. This is a healthy breakfast toast that you don’t want to miss. Give it a go- I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 

Ingredients
  

For the savoury toast

  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 12 baby vine tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp balsamic glaze

For the sweet toast

  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 apple thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 20 g pecans roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp agave nectar (or maple syrup)

Instructions
 

For the savoury toast

  • Preheat your oven to 200°/fan 180°.
  • Place the vine tomatoes and chopped garlic on a baking sheet, and drizzle them with olive oil. Rub the oil in, and season them with salt and pepper.
  • Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes until they’re bursting open and slightly charred.
  • Toast the bread until golden. Spread the tahini over the toast, then top with the freshly roasted tomatoes and garlic, a good helping of sea salt, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

For the sweet toast

  • Toast the bread until golden. Spread the tahini over the toast, then top with the thinly sliced apple, a sprinkling of cinnamon, chopped pecans, and a drizzle of agave.

Notes

If you’re preparing for a crowd, you can use the combined grill and oven setting- this way you can grill your bread in the top and roast your tomatoes and garlic in the bottom. Slice the apples whilst these are cooking, and everything will be ready at once.

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