Salted Tahini Fudge Oatmeal


There is something I love about that bitter spread. I think it’s best use is in salad, which is what makes me go through my jars so quickly, but I also love it on oatmeal from time to time. Everything that made me cringe the first time I had it is why I love it now. I don’t think you can understand that sentence unless you’re a tahini convert yourself.

(If you need  help acquiring a taste for tahini, check out this post.)


I was craving a salted recipe. Knowing that salt on fudgy banana is not a great idea, I opted for a sweet potato fudge base. I promise: if you cook your sweet potato well enough, and mash it thoroughly, it will incorporate beautifully into the oatmeal. I find that roasting the sweet potato (whole) usually makes it easier to mash than boiling cubes of sweet potato–but this might not be accurate science!


Because this recipe ends up being salted, I found that I preferred a less sweet version of the oatmeal. When I made the oatmeal sweet, it made the salted tahini topping too out of place. However, if I sweetened the oatmeal a little less, the salted tahini topping fit right in and enhanced the flavor of the base. I’m not saying this is a savory oatmeal–it’s distinctly sweet. But sweet-and-salty combos are best when the sweet part isn’t too sweet.

Is any of this making sense?


Also, funny story. You know how tahini is so runny and thin? I wanted it to be thicker, so I tried mixing it with prepared PB2. 0/10, do not recommend.

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Salted Tahini Fudge Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water*
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats*
  • 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (or at least 1 and a half)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-3 tsp maple syrup (adjust to your preferences)
  • pinch of salt
  • Toppings:
  • 1-2 tbsp tahini
  • pinch of coarse salt
  • handful of cacao nibs or chocolate chips

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 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. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, stir mashed sweet potato into the oatmeal.
  3. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup and salt. Stir. If the oatmeal is getting too dry, add another splash of milk or water and stir to make it creamy again.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with tahini. Sprinkle with coarse salt and cacao nibs/chocolate chips.

Just an FYI:

*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 1 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup.

Adapted from my Sweet Potato Fudge Oatmeal.

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.

3 Responses to Salted Tahini Fudge Oatmeal

  1. Heidi says:

    I just love all of your creative recipes for oatmeal! I haven’t jumped on the tahini bandwagon yet but I may have to start experimenting with your recipes!

  2. Kristin says:

    I really liked this combination! I didn’t have sweet potatoes, so I used a fudge zucchini base instead, with just a tad more maple syrup. Delicious! I bought tahini for the first time about a year ago for a recipe that needed a tablespoon. Wondering what to do with all of the leftover, I tried a spoonful thinking it might taste like peanut butter. Warning: it does not! I almost spit it out. Bitter, kind if oily… So gross! But there’s something amazing about it on top of a bowl of warm oats. So thank you, Lauren, for giving me a reason not to throw $14 worth of tahini in the garbage. 🙂

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Great!! This was my goal! I had the same reaction when I bought my tahini, and I figured others would, too. I wanted to create reliable tahini recipes so I wouldn’t lead anyone astray. 🙂

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