There’s lots of things we regularly eat on toast. You’ve got your jam, marmite, honey and of course Nutella…. then you’ve got your cheese, beans, eggs and even mackerel. But after a while these can get a bit tedious don’t you think?
The need for healthy snacking ideas seems to be trending at the moment and so here, I’ve shortlisted seven different sweet and savoury ideas to make your breakfasts, lunches a snacks that little bit more exciting.
1. Cinnamon, maple and banana.
All you need is a ripe banana, cinnamon or nutmeg, maple or agave syrup, your favorite bread for toasting and of course some creamy nut butter. The mashing of the banana may seem strange since you usually just slice them onto peanut butter, right? Well, mashing actually makes a difference – almost like an instant homemade banana jam if you like. It also enables the spices and maple to combine evenly for a lovelily sweet, balanced, cinnamony, banana infusion. Add seeds or berries for added crunch.
2. Pears, yogurt and honey.
So, for this one there’s a bit more involved. First, you fry the walnuts until fragrant, usually this takes around 5 minutes. Allow them to cool slightly before chopping them finely. In a small bowl, add the chopped walnuts to the yogurt and honey and stir until well combined (the spread will keep in the fridge, I’d say, for 3-5 days). When ready to serve, toast the bread and cut the fruit into slices. Spread the walnut spread onto your toast and top with your pear slices, dust with cinnamon. Mm, mm, mmm
3. Shrimp & guacamole garlic bread
Spread a thin layer of garlic butter on each slice of bread and grill until golden. While your baguette slices are on the grill, combine garlic, paprika, lemon juice and shrimp in a bowl.
Fry the mix using spray light for a couple of minutes, take off the heat and add the and parsley. In another bowl, mix in avocado, tomato, lemon juice and salt, finally adding the shrimp. Spoon your mixture onto the toasted garlic bread and you’re good to go…
4. Nut Butter and blueberry
I looooove this one. All you do is cover your toast in whatever nut-butter you’re in the mood for (almond, hazelnut, peanut…), add a layer of blueberries evenly, creating a pretty pattern or just chopped and sprinkled on at random and add a tiny pinch of coconut sugar, brown sugar over the blueberries (if they’re a tad sharp) and you’re done.
5. Nuts, honey, rasin & hummus.
Hummus. Heavenly hummus.
Spread the glorious chickpea concoction evenly on toasted bread, sprinkle whatever chopped nuts that tickle your fancy; walnut, pistachio, pecan, Brazil…. then add a few raisins or currents and lastly, drizzle with either honey or agave syrup for a touch of sweetness. … delish!
6. Apricot, ricotta and hazelnut.
Spread apricot jam over your desired toasted bread, on its own or with a coconut butter underneath. Top with roughly chopped hazelnuts, crumble some goats cheese on top, and, if you want an extra special touch, add thyme or mint.