This tahini bread has a rich, sweet, nutty flavor and is packed with 4 grams of protein per serving! Sesame paste makes this bread super moist without it being too dense – and, this recipe contains gluten-free almond flour so it can easily be made into keto bread with a simple substitution! It’s the perfect loaf to make for breakfast, use for sandwiches, or alongside a healthy bowl of soup for dinner – or even a post-workout snack!
- Why You Will Love This Tahini Bread Recipe:
- What Does Tahini Bread Taste Like?
- Is Tahini Bread High in Protein?
- Is Tahini Bread Healthy?
- What You Need To Make Tahini Bread
- Is Tahini Bread Keto?
- How To Make Tahini Bread (With Slideshows)
- Can I Make A Vegan Tahini Bread?
- The Recipe:
There are very few healthy bread recipes that I enjoy eating and this is one of them! Eating this bread is an easy way for me to add extra protein to my diet, especially for keto. This tahini bread is excellent for making lunchtime sandwiches or for some quick toast in the morning for breakfast because it holds up well to toppings like meats, vegetables, and spreads. The sesame paste adds a rich and nutty flavor to this quick and easy bread recipe, like these 5-ingredient tahini cookies that are also keto!
And although it’s made with almond flour, this bread is still gluten-free without being too dense. However, if you do want to try a yeasted keto bread, then I recommend my other recipe for fluffy keto bread rolls or this pizza crust/flatbread made with lupin flour! I love to top this loaf with nuts and seeds to up the flavor and nutrients, like these omega-rich keto seed crackers that you absolutely must try as well!
Why You Will Love This Tahini Bread Recipe:
There are several reasons why you will love making this recipe for tahini bread! It’s:
- Quick and easy – there are just five basic ingredients and it only takes a half-hour to make.
- Flavorful – tahini gives this bread a rich, creamy, and nutty flavor that is not overpowering so that you can make it either a sweet or savory bread by playing with different combinations of herbs and spices.
- Gluten-free – finely ground almond flour helps to give this bread structure and great texture without gluten.
- Filling – these ingredients contain healthy fats and nutrients that fill you up and feel full, and longer.
- You can eat bread again! – if you have been missing “real, “great-tasting bread on keto, then this is the recipe for you – simply replace the sugar in this recipe with sweetener to make this low-carb!
What Does Tahini Bread Taste Like?
Tahini bread is soft and moist with a hint of nuttiness. The tahini flavor intensifies when baked and infuses the loaf with a subtle roasted sesame flavor. It tastes great with everything from butter and soft cheeses to marmalades and deli meats! It is the ideal bread for anyone looking for a healthy, high-protein bread with great taste!
Is Tahini Bread High in Protein?
Yes, this tahini bread is high in protein. Two of the three main ingredients, almond flour, and tahini, are nuts, which are naturally high in protein. The third main ingredient, egg, is a protein powerhouse as well! Here is a breakdown of their individual protein content:
This tahini bread recipe has 19 percent protein from calories, translating into approximately 4 grams per serving. Adequate protein intake helps preserve lean muscle mass while on a ketogenic diet. For example, eating two servings of tahini bread (8 grams of protein) along with two eggs (12 grams of protein) for breakfast will give you the minimum recommended servings of 20 grams of protein for each meal to maintain and repair muscle.
Is Tahini Bread Healthy?
Yes, this bread is healthy and full of protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, and fiber! These are some of the benefits of enjoying this protein bread regularly:
- Good source of protein – almonds are made up of 14% protein while sesame seeds are made up of around 11% in terms of macronutrient ratios (14:14:73 and 11:17:72, respectively). Egg, in contrast, is made up of only protein and fat with a ratio of 13:0:5.
- Heart-healthy – almond flour and tahini may help to lower the risk of heart disease. Almonds contain a lot of vitamin E that contains powerful antioxidants to promote heart health. Sesame seeds (tahini) contain high levels of copper, which promotes clotting and regulates blood pressure, and selenium to decrease inflammation. They also help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides.
- An immunity booster – almonds, and sesame seeds especially, are high in iron, important for the prevention of an anemia-weakened immune system.
- High in dietary fiber – almonds have around 13 grams of dietary fiber per 100 grams (3.5 oz) while sesame seeds contain 14 grams. This fiber aids in lowering blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and the maintenance of a healthy weight (it’s also good for regular bowel movements)!
Tahini bread will also supply plenty of calcium for bone health, potassium for muscle function, and the complex B vitamins thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), pantothenic acid (B5), and folate (B9) to help in the maintenance of bodily functions.
What You Need To Make Tahini Bread
- mixing bowl – for mixing the protein bread ingredients
- stand mixer or hand mixer – to whip the eggs until foamy for maximum bread rise
- silicone spatula or spoon – to help transfer the mixture to the loaf pan
- 8.5×4.5 inch loaf pan – this size also works if you double the recipe
- parchment paper – ensures the loaf does not stick and makes for easy removal after baking
- blanched almond flour – a light and nutty-tasting gluten-free flour (and keto)
- tahini – choose either light or dark with a smooth consistency
- eggs – medium/large work equally well
- granulated sugar (or granulated sweetener for a keto recipe) – adds a touch of sweetness to balance the earthy flavors
- baking soda – to help to lift this gluten-free bread
- salt – just enough to bring out the flavors of all of the ingredients
Is Tahini Bread Keto?
When using a gluten-free and grain-free flour like almond flour, and a sugar substitute for a touch of sweetness, yes tahini bread can be made into keto! Each serving of this recipe made with sugar substitute contains less than 3 net carbs per serving.
Here is a breakdown of the net carbs per 25 gram slice:
|Ingredient||Net Carbs (grams)|
|Sugar substitute (erythritol, monk fruit, allulose)||1|
How To Make Tahini Bread (With Slideshows)
Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 175 C and prepare a loaf pan with parchment paper. Beat the eggs until foamy.
Add the tahini and sugar/sweetener to the eggs and whisk until combined.
Add in the almond flour, baking soda, and salt (also any optional ingredients) and mix until combined.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan (sprinkle the top with optional nuts and seeds) and bake 25-30 minutes or until the top is firm and a knife comes out clean from the middle of the loaf. Allow the bread to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
Can I Make A Vegan Tahini Bread?
Yes, this bread can be made vegan by replacing the eggs with flax eggs! To make a flax egg, combine 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed (meal) with 3 tablespoons of cold water and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Give it another quick stir before adding it to the recipe.
Tahini Bread: Gluten-Free With Keto Option
- ½ cup almond flour (70 grams)
- ¼ cup tahini (60 grams)
- 3 medium-large eggs (or 3 flax eggs, recipe in the notes)
- 2⅓ tbsp granulated sugar (or granulated sweetener for keto)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
Optional Spices and Herbs (1 tsp each)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk attachment until foamy.
- Add the tahini to the eggs and whisk until combined. Place the almond flour, baking soda, and salt into the mixture (sweetener and cinnamon may be added now if using). Mix all of the ingredients until combined (the dough will be slightly runny – don't worry).
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the top of the dough with seeds or nuts before baking, if desired. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the loaf springs back up when pressed with your finger. Allow the loaf to cool before removing the bread from the pan and slicing.
- Increase the eggs by only 1-2 to avoid an “eggy” flavor.
- Increase the baking soda by only 1/2 tsp to avoid a bitter, metallic taste (or use baking powder instead).
- Flax egg recipe for Vegan Tahini Bread (1:1 egg replacement) – combine 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed (meal) with 3 tablespoons of cold water and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Have you ever had tahini bread? Have you tried baking with tahini before?
Let me know if you will try this recipe in the comments along with any tips or tricks for baking with this versatile ingredient!