Originally from Mexico but also very popular in Spain. Mollete is an open-faced sandwich with beans, cheese, pico de gallo or salsa. It can be part of a brunch, tapas menu, or even breakfast, as it is nutritionally well-balanced. It can be easily adapted for lactose-free or vegan people by substituting normal mozzarella for a plant-based one.

Serves:  16

Dietary:  Vegan, vegetarian

Contain: Gluten (rolls),

May Contain: Sesame (rolls), Soya (rolls), Sulphites (black beans), Milk (rolls)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


4 whole grain rolls, cut in half and sliced in half lengthwise
1 can of black beans
80 g vegan mozzarella, shredded
1 large tomato, chopped
½ small onion, chopped
1 – 2 Tbsp olive oil, optional
Juice of ½ lime
5 sprigs coriander, chopped
Seasoning, optional



  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/180oC/Gas Mark 6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mash beans with a potato masher or a handheld blender until smooth and spreadable.
  3. Add 1 – 2 Tbsp of olive oil to the mixture (optional).
  4. Spread the bean paste on the bread and sprinkle some vegan mozzarella on top.
  5. Repeat the process and place the bread halves on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake until the cheese is melted and the bread crispy for about 15 minutes.
  7. In the meantime, prepare the pico de Gallo. Mix the chopped tomato, onion, coriander, lime juice and salt, then set aside.
  8. Once the molletes are done, top with pico de gallo.


This recipe has been donated by Mariana Almeida, a Nutrition Student at the University of Surrey



Per serving:
Total calories: 92 kcal
Fat:  2.8 g
Saturated Fat:  1.0 g
Carbohydrate: 11.0 g
Total sugar: 1.9 g
Fibre:  2.8 g
Protein:  3.6 g
Salt:  0.36 g



  • Wholegrain bread and beans are an excellent source of fibre, therefore, contribute towards the daily recommended intake.
  • Black beans are a legume with a dense, meaty texture. They are good sources of protein, fibre and folate (B vitamin)
  • The black bean originated in Latin American Cuisine and is popular in vegetarian dishes.
  • These Molletes are low in sugar and are a good source of protein, fibre, niacin and folate,



  • Choose another type of bread, e.g. white, gluten-free, with seeds, etc.
  • Use another type of beans, e.g. kidney beans, white beans, etc.
  • Use parsley instead of cilantro (coriander), as cilantro has an intense flavour.


Consumer Tested and Checked by Kathy Lewis


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