Spiced Apple Oatmeal with Tahini & Honey

I’ll start with my usual disclosure for the vegan police: yep, honey. As I always say, I’m “one of those vegans”–go ahead and berate me in the comments. I’ve received more hate from YouTube trolls and sixth graders misbehaving in the hallway than you can imagine. I can most certainly handle your lambasting. I briefly discuss my views on honey on my Plant Proud! page.

Alright, good. We’re past that. Moving on.

Apple Oatmeal with Tahini and Honey

So my first attempt at tahini was not the groundbreaking experience I had hoped for. As it turns out, tahini is not peanut butter. It is not rich like peanut butter. It is not warm and cozy like peanut butter. It is neither sweet nor salty like peanut butter. In fact, it’s pretty darn bitter. It’s kind of like creamy sesame oil with a bitter aftertaste.

(I’ve totally convinced you to try it, right?)

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But here’s the thing: tons of people using the #oatmealartist tag on Instagram are topping their oatmeal with tahini! Thus, I must be missing something. Just like I conquered my hatred of coconut, maybe tahini will soon be a beloved ingredient in my fridge as well.

Apple Oatmeal with Tahini, Honey, and Pecans

After my previous attempt, I decided to “doctor up” my tahini to help me adjust. Since this recipe already added honey, I didn’t sweeten it, but I otherwise would have added a drop of maple syrup. Instead, I added a drop of vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon. Game-changer. Then, when combined with the honey in the final product (which, by the way, came from Italy as a present from my boyfriend <3), it created a pleasant flavor profile.

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I’m always indecisive about how to include apples in my oatmeal. This time, I decided to go with half-grated, half-diced. It might be my new go-to (as much as I hate the process of grating things–bleh). Tip: if you have a small appetite like me, you can cut your apple in thirds. Grate a third, dice a third, and store the remaining third in the fridge for a salad later.

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Finally . . . this is awkward, but I could use your help. If you feel inclined, I really need help financing my grad school. Here’s how you can help me…

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Spiced Apple Oatmeal with Tahini & Honey

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 medium apple (I used Fuji)
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: pinch of ginger, allspice, and/or nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • tahini
  • honey

How to make it:

  1. Prepare apple first. Cut in half. Finely dice one half and grate the other half.
  2. Add milk (I use 1/2 c soy milk and 1/4 c water) to a saucepan over medium heat and add diced apples. Bring it to a low boil and let the apples cook for a minute or two, and then add oats.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low (it should be at a simmer).
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add grated apple, vanilla extract, cinnamon, any other spices you want to incorporate, and salt. Stir.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with tahini and honey, and add any other additional toppings (I used pecans. Raisins would also be a nice touch). I think this would also taste great with a heavy pinch of coarse salt.

Just an FYI:

Feel free to adjust the amount of apple you use based on your appetite. I only used 2/3 of an apple.
If you are new to tahini and find it bitter, doctor it up with a drop of vanilla extract and/or some cinnamon.
Vegans who (rightfully) skip honey can use agave or maple syrup instead.
No tahini? Sub in another nut butter.


Apple Oatmeal with Tahini and Honey by The Oatmeal Artist

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.

7 Responses to Spiced Apple Oatmeal with Tahini & Honey

  1. Cassie says:

    Tahini honey sounds heavenly–I have to try that because I’ve been getting bored with my tahini! The spiced apple looks delicious!

  2. That sounds incredibly delicious! I definitely habe to try this as I adore porridge in every possible combination!
    Lots of love!

  3. Raluca says:

    I love tahini each and every way, but if you are ambiguous about it I highly recommend trying Turkish tahini with grape molasses (tahin pekmez), a mixture of about 1/3 tahini and 2/3 grape molasses that is mildly sweet and very flavourful, a little like semi-liquid halva. Turkish shops would have this ready mixed, but you can find grape molasses in most middle-eastern shops and mix your own. Very few things are tastier on a creamy bowl of porridge, especially on a cold morning! I expect other types of molasses – I’m thinking date – would work just as well.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Forgive my ignorance, but I was hardly aware molasses came in different varieties like that! I’ve only seen “mild,” “full flavor,” or “blackstrap” molasses…whatever that means. The only variation beyond that is pomegranate molasses, and it’s a rare find!

      Molasses mixed with tahini sounds wonderful, but I personally might find it too sweet. I’d love to try it, though!

  4. Kelsey says:

    I don’t know about tahini. I bought some and just tried it, I can’t see it going in oatmeal. It may be used to make my own “tahini sauce” instead. I mean like you said, its no peanut butter.

  5. Christine says:

    I saw a recipe on Pinterest that uses a mix of tahini, carob powder, maple syrup, and salt to create a salted caramel topping for oatmeal. Have you ever tried that? I’ve never tried tahini, so I don’t have a sense of if it would taste like caramel when combined with the other ingredients. It does sound intriguing, though!

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