Smashed Fava Bean and Pomegranate Toast

Updated on March 2, 2020
Kathryn Worthington profile image

What is life without good food? Inspired by home cooking and travel, I create easy recipes for the everyday.

Smashed fava bean and pomegranate toast
Smashed fava bean and pomegranate toast | Source

This fresh and fruity vegan recipe makes a great breakfast or a light lunch. You can also replace the bread with bruschetta to create canapes for a party.

The recipe was inspired in part by my travels around the Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The people in these countries are masters of mixing the fruity with the spicey and herby. Although I never saw this exact combination on a menu, I tasted numerous dishes that used this kind of flavour combination.

The creamy fava beans and tart, sweet pomegranate seeds combine beautifully. The deep spiciness of freshly cracked black pepper elevates this very simple dish. You will be blown away by how delicious this dish is.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 1 serving


  • 200g (7 oz) frozen fava beans
  • 2 slices of your favourite bread for toasting
  • 2 heaped tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt to taste

Optional Ingredients

  • Pomegranate molasses to enhance the flavour of the seeds
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Chopped dill


  1. Blanche frozen fava beans in boiling water.
  2. Remove skins from beans.
  3. Remove podded beans from water and mix in a separate bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper (add lemon if using).
  4. Blend half the beans.
  5. Add blended mixture to unblended beans and mix.
  6. Toast the bread as you like.
  7. Top toast with bean mixture and sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top.
  8. Finish by adding a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, dill, an extra squeeze of lemon juice if using, extra olive oil, salt and pepper as you like.


  • For the best pomegranate seeds, use seeds straight from the fruit, rather than seeds from a supermarket pack.
  • Speed up the recipe and lose the blender by using canned beans, but expect the colour of the beans to be that of guacamole rather than the vivid green of fresh or frozen beans.
  • Do not underestimate the importance of the black pepper in this recipe.


  • Bean mixture and pomegranate seeds: Depending on how much you load your toast, you might have some leftover pomegranate and bean mixture. Combine your leftovers with iceberg lettuce, cucumber, feta and a drizzle of olive oil to make a beautiful salad.
  • Fava bean skins: Do not throw away your fava bean skins! Drizzle your skins with oil (I use Carotino Healthier Cooking Oil for the high burning point and neutral flavour) and season with salt before roasting in the oven for approx. six minutes. They emerge from the oven crispy and delicious.

Rate this recipe

Cast your vote for Smashed Fava Bean and Pomegranate Toast

© 2019 Kathryn Worthington


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)