Raspberry Oatmeal with Tahini & Dark Chocolate Chunks

My first tahini experience! Ta-da!

Raspberry Oatmeal with Tahini and Dark Chocolate Chunks by The Oatmeal Artist

For years, I’ve been buying the “tahini sauce” from Trader Joe’s and using it for salad dressing. It is not the same as plain ol’ tahini. Tahini sauce contains add-ins like lemon juice and garlic. In fact, it kind of tastes like hummus, without the chickpeas! Thus, when I observed multiple #oatmealartist posts on Instagram include tahini, I was appalled. “YOU ARE TOPPING YOUR FRUITY OATMEAL WITH GARLICKY TAHINI?!

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Luckily, I soon learned the truth. There is, in fact, a plain tahini that is purely just the paste of sesame seeds. So I made it my mission to try it.

Raspberry Oatmeal with Tahini and Dark Chocolate Chunks  by The Oatmeal Artist #vegan #oatmealartist

Sadly, real tahini paste costs quite a bit more than my Trader Joe’s tahini sauce. Thankfully, Whole Foods sells a store brand version for $7–much cheaper than other alternatives.

And to be honest, I think this bottle will last me a while.

Raspberry Oatmeal with Tahini and Dark Chocolate Chunks  #vegan #oatmealartist

In all honesty, tahini by itself is. . .um. . .well. . .it’s fine. 🙂

If you like tahini on your oatmeal, then you’ll love this recipe! If you’re new to tahini, this might be a great recipe to start with because the chocolate and heaps of sweet raspberries balance out the. . . .different taste of the tahini. I think when you’re used to peanut butter and other indulgent nut butters, tahini tastes a little flat. Like it needs to be sweetened or salted or something.

However, as with most things I try, I’m sure my taste buds will adapt!

Raspberry Oatmeal with Tahini and Dark Chocolate Chunks

Eventually, the chocolate melted and swirled in with the tahini, which created a pleasant combination. This further proved to me that I should doctor the tahini a bit until I adjust to the taste. I’m thinking a little vanilla and cinnamon will go a long way. 🙂

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Raspberry Oatmeal with Tahini & Dark Chocolate Chunks

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp tahini*
  • 1 tbsp chopped dark chocolate

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Add half of the raspberries to the oatmeal right away and stir occasionally.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, stir in a few of the remaining raspberries (maybe 1/4 cup). Then, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, a drizzle of tahini, the remaining raspberries, the dark chocolate chunks, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).

Just an FYI:

*Be sure to buy tahini that lists only sesame seeds as the ingredients. If it includes garlic, lemon juice, and other seasonings, it's "tahini sauce," which is different.
*No tahini? Try subbing almond or another nut butter.


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About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

8 Responses to Raspberry Oatmeal with Tahini & Dark Chocolate Chunks

  1. Cassie says:

    This is awesome! I love tahini in my oatmeal 🙂 will have to try this sauce in some savory oatmeal!

  2. Laura says:

    Hey Lauren! What a coincidence, I just tried tahini in my oats yesterday for the first time (I bought it to make my own hummus and thought, why not in oats:))

    I can recommend something: I combined nectarines and coconut milk and topped it with tahini, which I stirred in while eating. That was amazing! with the peachy flavour and the tahini, it really works caus I find peanutbuter with peaches a bit too much of an overwhelming flavour, so these two mild flavours work really well and the coconut still stand out. Hope you try it with nectarines or peaches sometime and change your opinion about tahini oats!

  3. In a gazillion years I never would’ve thought of adding tahini to oatmeal! Mind blown.
    (Now I just wish it were possible to buy tahini in 2 tbsp portions!)

  4. Linda says:

    Hi Lauren, tahini can be fantastic. I just had a bowl of cooked amaranth with a mashed banana, a swirled-in egg, cinnamon, blackstrap molasses, vanilla extract and tahini, topped with walnuts and a little bit of coconut sugar. Soooo good! I have tried it with oats before, which is also amazing.

  5. Phoebe says:

    I really reccomend the banana + tahini combo. Even better if you add some maple syrup + cinnamon to the tahini, drizzle it over banana slices on toast…the kind of stuff I dream about, because I’d a food nerd 😉

  6. Palmyre says:

    Hi ! First, let me say that I am a huge fan of your blog. I just tried your recipe, only replacing raspberries by a peach as these pink beauties are not availible at my local market at this time of the year, and the tahini/dark chocolate combo is a big win ! ^^

  7. I had wanted to try tahini forever, and when I finally got around to making it, I thought the same thing. Hm, well this is not what I expected but now i’ve got a good bit so I’ll continue to use it. Man, did I soon grow to love it once I realized how to complement it

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