Vegan Tahini Bread

by Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
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We recently shared a hummus recipe that was the result of a long set of trials and errors, involving experimentation with different ingredients in our test kitchen. Our beet hummus recipe is unique and phenomenal, and all those attempted trials meant a large amount of hummus ended up left over in our lucky refrigerator. Who knew it would serve as inspiration for this next Vegan Tahini Bread recipe?

Hummus and bread don’t have much in common when you first look at them. We don’t even eat hummus on bread— traditionally—pita bread or chips are the most common pairing for hummus after all. However, the grand surprise is that beet hummus has a few ingredients that can also fit into a healthier vegan-style bread recipe. The chickpeas and beets encompass both a starch and add some protein. Golden olive oil is an effective emulsifier in the hummus, and can also work similarly in certain baked goods. Using this hummus as an in ingredient for this bread recipe was a daring task, but one which was completely worth the risk!

To keep this bread vegan, we did not add eggs, the use of which could have resulted in a hard and dry bread. On the contrary, we were pleasantly surprised by a fluffy and egg-free moist bread, in this case. The properties of the hummus combined with a little extra Once Again Tahini paired wonderfully to make this recipe a winner.

Surprisingly, our tahini bread contains only four ingredients! We used the tahini with a gluten-free flour blend as well as with a whole wheat flour, and both yielded a perfect bread, light in taste and endowed with a typical bready texture and a moist and fluffy interior. This bread is ideal for sandwiches, as toast with your option of toppings, or served plain with a little extra tahini on top of it. You can dress up this unique bread with sweet jams and butters, or with sliced or mashed avocado and/or eggs.

Perhaps the best attribute of this tahini bread is its stellar nutritional profile. It is higher in protein and lower in fat than most conventional home-baked breads. You can try this recipe using a traditional hummus instead of our unique beet hummus. It stores well at room temperature for five days; alternatively, slice and freeze it for up to 30 days. Just pop slices in a toaster, when you are ready to eat it! Watch our video below and follow along to make this easy Vegan Tahini Bread recipe!

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