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Food Hunt: Not Avocado on Toast

For a tasty brunch with less impact on the planet, try out Chef Tom Hunt’s tasty toast topping! 

Photo: Jenny Zarins

Photo: Jenny Zarins


As broad beans come into season we bring you this recipe from Tom's new book Eating for Pleasure, Planet & People. Tom’s book is built on his ethos that as well as being delicious and healthy, what we cook should and can support a biodiverse food system and fight food waste. 

Not avocado on toast: Broad bean guacamole, coriander and chilli

Who needs avo on toast when you’ve got broad beans? When blended they become creamy, unctuous and vivid green, just like avocado but with a fraction of the carbon footprint. Avocado on toast is perhaps the biggest brunch seller out there. It’s delicious, but the popularity of avocados has put a strain on the supply chain, impacting the countries of origin like Mexico and Kenya where the increased prices have made this staple food unaffordable to some local people. To improve your footprint, eat avos as a treat and try experimenting with different locally grown alternatives like this broad bean guacamole. It’s made in just the same way as regular guacamole, but with broad beans instead. Blanched first, then blended with lime, coriander and olive oil. Enjoy! 


Serves 4 

360g fresh or frozen broad beans – shelled weight 

glug of extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve 

6 fresh coriander sprigs, leaves picked, stalks finely chopped 

1 unwaxed lime, zest and juice 

To serve:

1⁄2 red onion, finely diced 

4 slices of toast 

pinch of dried chilli flakes or some sliced fresh red chilli 

light dusting of sumac, optional 


Blanch the whole broad beans in a large pan of boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold running water.  Transfer the beans to a food processor, add the extra virgin olive oil, coriander stalks, half of the coriander leaves and the lime zest and juice and blitz to a smooth purée. Season to taste with salt. Spread the guacamole generously onto the toast and dress with the remaining coriander leaves, red onion, some chilli, a dusting of sumac (if using) and a drizzle of olive oil. 


Check out another recipe from Tom's book: Merguez spiced cauliflower with tahini and molasses

Published 16 Jun 2020

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