Toasted Ptitim

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If you liked the textures and flavors of my toasted quinoa recipes (Pumpkin Spice and Sweet and Salty), then you’ll absolutely love this recipe!


Ptitim, or Israeli couscous, is a large wheat couscous-like product similar to the Italian orzo.  Imagine regular couscous on steroids!


This breakfast is fresh, summery, and light but filling.


Toasted Ptitim


Ingredients (for one serving):


  • 1/2 cup Ptitim, raw
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Drizzle honey
  • Fruits:  nectarine, blueberries, raspberries
  • Sunflower seeds for topping



  • In a small saucepan, combine ptitim and water and cook on high until all the water is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and mix in maple syrup.
  • On greased cookie sheet, spread out the ptitim and broil on high for 4 minutes, or until it starts to brown.  Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Wash and slice fruit.
  • Combine cooled ptitim, fruit, sunflower seeds and a drizzle of honey,
  • Enjoy!


The only real difference between this recipe and the toasted quinoa recipes is that you do actually boil the ptitim before toasting it.


So fresh!


I couldn’t decide if I was going to use a fork or a spoon.  I went with spoon.  🙂


Work begins!


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  • Jessica @ How Sweet July 19, 2010, 10:19 am

    I’ve never even heard of ptitim. I love quinoa though so I’m sure I’l like it!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 19, 2010, 10:19 am

    Isn’t it dry, to eat it with just fruits in it? What’s the texture likes?

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 19, 2010, 10:23 am

      Sounds like it would be good with a splash of almond milk, no?

    • caitlin July 19, 2010, 10:23 am

      It’s crunchy but not super dry – the fruits soften it up!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please July 19, 2010, 10:20 am

    Wow, I’ve never heard of ptitim before. I love breakfasts that are so thick and packed full that a spoon or a fork could probably get the job done!

  • Ilana July 19, 2010, 10:21 am

    P’titim! Otherwise called Israeli cous cous! I loooove it! I saw the name of this post and got sooooo excited because I make it at home all the time and while I’ve seen “Israeli cous cous” on other people’s blogs I’ve never seen someone actually refer to it by it’s real name! I love it. So fantastic. Of course I’ve never tried it in a sweet application, I always eat it with lots of pepper and olive oil and veggies. I gotta try it for breakfast!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 19, 2010, 10:21 am

    what an interesting ingredient! i’m going to have to find it and try it soon!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 19, 2010, 10:23 am

    Wow that looks delicious! It’s so fun that you can use any grain for breakfast cereal. This dish seems so summery!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 19, 2010, 10:24 am

    Yum! All that fruit looks great!

  • tanyasdaily July 19, 2010, 10:32 am

    Wow, what a breakfast , looks so good it has everything in it!

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 19, 2010, 10:39 am

    Looks awesome! The only problem with breakfasts like this is prep time in the morning. I wonder if it would be good reheated? Hmmmm. Or maybe you could cook it at night and just do the broiling in the morning.

  • Julie @SavvyEats July 19, 2010, 10:45 am

    I’ve been wanting to know what Israeli couscous is actually called! Now I know…ptitim!

  • katie July 19, 2010, 10:46 am

    Creative breakfast idea, thanks!

    Are any dates set for you to promote your book/go on book tour? I’d love to come to an event if you are having any in the northeast!

    • caitlin July 19, 2010, 10:50 am

      I’m not sure how much actual touring i’m going to do just because of the costs… we’ll see!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 19, 2010, 10:51 am

    You always make the most interesting ideas. I tried raw oatmeal and now I don’t even think about granola. I might have to try this too.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 19, 2010, 10:54 am

    I love toasted quinoa! This looks delicious! Great way to start your day!

  • Camille July 19, 2010, 10:56 am

    I have never even heard of Ptitim, but it sound good!
    Have a great Monday!

  • Wei-Wei July 19, 2010, 10:57 am

    Use a spork! 😀 I’ve never heard of ptitim… to be completely honest it scares me though. I won’t tell you what it reminds me of.


  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly July 19, 2010, 10:58 am

    Sounds and looks delightful! Enjoy your Monday!

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run July 19, 2010, 10:58 am

    Looks fantastic! I love all the colorful fruits and the sunflower seeds.

  • Anya July 19, 2010, 11:02 am

    Now I’m hungry for some couscous! the recipe looks great! 🙂

  • Run Sarah July 19, 2010, 11:06 am

    What a fun idea! I had no idea it was called ptitim, I always just call it ‘Giant’ couscous!

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous July 19, 2010, 11:25 am

    I’ve never even heard of ptitim before! Always learning something new here. How do you come across all these healthy, yummy finds?

    • caitlin July 19, 2010, 11:31 am

      I just walk around Whole Foods and buy interesting ingredients! Then I come home and figure out what to do with them.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 19, 2010, 11:44 am

    I have never heard of that grain before, but I’m liking your brex recipe!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 19, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Mm looks delicious! I was wondering if you cooked the quinoa before you toasted it.. now i know!

  • Katie @ peacebeme July 19, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Love israeli couscous! I never knew this was an alternate name for it. Also love the quote today!!!! 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite July 19, 2010, 12:43 pm

    This looks delicious Caitlin! I really do love Israeli Couscous, so there’s no reason why I wouldn’t love this!

    Have a great day 🙂

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! July 19, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Very interesting use of Israeli couscous! I can’t eat it, but I’m really looking forward to trying your toasted quinoa recipe for breakfast soon. It’s such a creative way to bring in grains in the morning!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) July 19, 2010, 1:14 pm

    Your breakfasts are always so creative! Sigh, if only my long morning commute didn’t limit my options…this looks like a good weekend breakfast, though! 🙂

  • Chelsey July 19, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Go you on being so creative – I get in such a breakfast rut. Is it sad I look forward to overnight oats the second it is gone in the morning? Not at all!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 19, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Definitely sounds interesting!

  • Dee July 19, 2010, 2:03 pm

    This looks delicious!

  • Heather (Where's the Beach) July 19, 2010, 3:56 pm

    This sounds really good. I never think to buy Israeli couscous.

  • Dominique July 19, 2010, 7:33 pm

    I love Israeli couscous! My favourite way to eat it, is mixed with chopped up sauteed mushrooms, onions and thyme. It’s so good! I would have never though of trying it in a sweet dish and toasted as well. I can’t wait to try this.

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