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Tahini and honey spread – Tαχινόμελο

10 comments Feb 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Breakfast, Recipes

This bread spread was a great discovery. Once I had finished preparing the Tahini and honey spread I tried with a piece of rusk. Amazing taste i though, that something so simple can be so delicious…

I spent some time in a Greek Orthodox Monastery lately in order to learn some more about recipes used during lent. While we were cooking I asked the abbot what the monks are eating for breakfast as fasting prohibits all animal products. The monks, unlike most Greeks that only have a Nescafe for breakfast, the monks do eat in the morning.

What is eaten in for breakfast varies form monastery to monastery, but in this one it is a spread made from Tahini and Honey. Tahini is often used to replace oil or butter during lent and honey is the only animal product allowed during lent.

As there are several days of fasting per week throughout the year, this Tahini and honey spread is part of the regular diet in the Monastery.

Preparation time: 3 minutes

very simple recipe


  • 2 parts of Tahini
  • 1 part honey
  • ground nuts (optional)


Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon until you have created a thick paste.
Add honey according to your individual taste. You can also add ground walnuts or almonds to the paste.
Can be stored in a jar for several days outside of the fridge.

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  1. So simple, yet so delicious. I’ve not used tahini in anything but hummus, but look forward to trying this!

  2. Interesting, I did not know the Greeks ate this! In Lebanon, guess what? we eat tahini and carob molasses with bread. A dynamite combo too!

  3. Molasses is a great idea. i will try that one too.

  4. That indeed sounds delicious Tobias … so simple yet so flavorful. As I just purchased a jar of tahini the other day I will try this soon.

  5. Lovely!
    Is a picture of a Cretan printed on the glass?

  6. I guess it is. It is a glas for Raki :-)

  7. This is a wonderful combo and I make it all the time and I add some cinnamon in it as well. If you didn’t know they sell it ready made as well. I also use it for making tahinopites.

  8. This looks divine! I am trying it today.

  9. hello Tobias!

    My family loves spread for breakfast, everything from peanut butter to almond butter – so this def is must try! thanks for sharing!

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