Toast Three Ways

Toast Three Ways - Ideas to turn boring old toast into an interesting morning meal. |

Ever since I read this article in Bon Appetit about Sqirl restaurant in L.A., I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it, for two reasons: 1.) I love the food photography on that toast with jam, and 2.) The article says that people are waiting in line for 20 minutes (and paying $7) for that toast. I’m sure it’s amazing, but come on people: it’s toast. We can make this at home.

I decided to just come up with some sort-of-gourmet toast options myself. I’m not going to include formal recipes for these, because again: come on people, it’s toast. Instead, I’ll just be sharing a few ideas I’ve come up with to turn boring old toast into an interesting morning meal.

Toast Three Ways - Ideas to turn boring old toast into an interesting morning meal. |

Avocado, lemon juice and aleppo pepper: Mash half an avocado with a pinch of salt and pepper and a squeeze of a lemon juice. Spread it on toast and sprinkle it with a dash of aleppo pepper (or red pepper flakes) for brightness and a slightly spicy kick.

Toast Three Ways - Ideas to turn boring old toast into an interesting morning meal. |

Almond butter and toasted coconut flakes: Spread a few tablespoons of almond butter (or any nut butter) and top with toasted coconut flakes for a creamy, filling and naturally sweet meal.

Toast Three Ways - Ideas to turn boring old toast into an interesting morning meal. |

Ricotta and raspberry jam: The Sqirl-inspired version that started it all. Spread toast with creamy ricotta and then be generous with the jam (I used raspberry here). 

I’d like to make a huge list of toast ideas, then post it in my kitchen to refer to whenever breakfast boredom strikes. Here’s a few more flavor combos I’ve come up with so far:

  • peanut butter and sriracha
  • mashed banana and carob chips
  • orange marmalade and toasted almonds

How do you like your toast? Share your favorites with me in the comments!

 I originally developed this recipe for the NatureBox blog.

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  1. Who knew toast could make my mouth water??? I need to up my breakfast game!!! Beautifully done!!!

  2. $7 for toast?! and folks are waiting in line? I’m with you, Lori, it’s toast people! haha Love how you jazzed this up with such great flavors and made even simple toast gourmet! 

  3. Great toast options!  I love my toast kind of well done (not quite burnt but just shy of that point of no return) slathered in creamy salty butter or piled a mile high with peanut butter and jelly.  🙂

  4. I seriously love toast! That being said, I think I am with you on NOT paying $7 for an order, lol. I could never get on board with the avocado toast craze (funny because I love all the ingredients), but I am always down for almond or peanut butter, and I love the ricotta and jam; oh my gosssh! This would be fun for an at-home brunch setup with friends. I may have to do that! 

  5. Delicious! I can’t wait to try the new toast toppings! 🙂

  6. Beautiful photos! The toast looks amazing. I totally agree 20 minutes for $7 toast is a little ridiculous, and you can easily make it at home!

    • Haha, thanks Christy! Yeah, who would drive (or walk, I guess) to a restaurant and then wait 20 minutes for toast? You could have made it yourself at home like 8 times in a row by then 🙂

  7. You reminded me of one of my favs that I have not had for a long time and that is peanut butter with sliced strawberries. I have to try all of these too!! Mmmmm, avocado!!!

  8. Wow these look amazing Lori! I can’t wait to try ALL of them. I hope the kids will try them too. My favorite is: Smear toast with greek yogurt cream cheese (or regular is fine) top with mashed avocado, chopped tomatoes and a sprinkle of pepper! YUMO!

  9. These are such great ideas. The peanut butter and sriracha one has me all sorts of excited! Genius.

    • I got that idea from this beer bar near me that has peanut butter donuts topped with sriracha. They are so crazy good!

  10. Toast is my comfort food. I’m drooling here, yum!

  11. Would you believe that I haven’t eaten toast in several years?  Actually, I don’t care much for most bread, even the good stuff I make myself.  However, seeing your ideas for toast, I could see making a point of eating it again.  I think the idea I like best is almond butter with coconut.

    • Actually, I would totally believe that, because toast has never really been a favorite of mine, either. I think because I’ve always just assumed it’s boring, dry and bland. Plus, I’ll almost always choose an English muffin instead 🙂

  12. Great suggestions for easy breakfast or snack ideas for our family. Thanks for sharing.

  13. That is crazy but hey, it’s L.A. after all 😉
    I love a good gf toast with different spreads for breakfast or an after workout snack! Pinning these for my next toast emergency 😉 OXOX

  14. You know…it’s been ages since I made any kind of toast (I actually don’t even own a toaster)…but now you have me CRAVING IT! Loving these combinations….

    • Haha yeah, these three pieces of toast were also my first in YEARS. My toaster pretty much only exists for english muffins!

  15. I discovered toast with avocado on it last year and I have to say I love it!

  16. Um, I’ll have a slice of that avocado toast, please!  Love these great breakfast/snack ideas.  So yummy!

  17. Whoa! What exciting combos! I think mashed banana and carob chips is good…mmmm!

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  18. Wow, you made toast look gourmet!  I love the different toppings, and the avocado one has me ready to go get avocados just so I can try!

  19. Wow, you’ve solved my breakfast dilemma!!Love all three options and cannot wait to try 🙂 

  20. I think I might have a good idea . . . Almond butter and some apples roasted in cinnamon.  It’d remind me of a galette you made one time a while back for holiday dessert. 

  21. Now, who would have thought toast could be SO sophisticated?These look amazing!

  22. I am so in the ricotta and jam camp, but toast is always great!

  23. Yeah, I would never pay $7 for toast, especially since I could buy two entire loaves of bread for that price or make a bajillion (only a slight exaggeration) loaves myself at home. I’m loving your toast ideas, especially the almond butter with toasted coconut flakes. Holy yum! One of my favourite ways to eat toast is to mash avocado with salt, pepper and a bit of olive oil, spread it thick, and top with a fried egg (smoked salmon is also lovely with that combo). Damn, now I’m craving toast!

    • Oh man, that avocado/smoked salmon/fried egg combo sounds like THE. BEST. EVER. Once my sense of tastes comes back after this stupid surgery, I’ll be making that!

  24. Combinations are endless, so hard to choose maybe I should start a toast of the day blog?

  25. So simple and so creative! I love it and pinned it!

  26. Toast…Love it with a bit of the southern classic pimento cheese…

    or deviled ham… or homemade apple butter…peanut butter and banana…or cream cheese and olives….or cream cheese and bacon bits(the real stuff)…all easy to have made up and ready to go each morning or late night snack attack

  27. Lori, you are so cute, and now I want toast 🙂  And that above comment about the avocado with a fried egg on it…IT MUST HAPPEN!  

    I seriously want to go get some ricotta right now and make some toast!

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