Kara Stout is back to raise a proverbial ‘toast’ to the fact that spring is right around the corner! Her top nine spring toast recipes are below.
Toasts are a major foodie trend and for good reason. You can get creative with many different flavors and combinations, while still making them a healthy snack. I would suggest using healthier bread, such as sprouted 100-percent whole grain bread. Look for breads free of preservatives, white flour, added sugar, artificial flavors or artificial sweeteners.
I encourage you to have fun with your toasts, thinking of different spreads to add on and playing around with a variety of fruits, veggies and herbs. To help you ace your toast game, I created nine different toasts for you to try this spring!
Avocado Spinach Toast with Cucumber Slices
This has been a favorite lunch of mine for years. Adding a layer of spinach is a great way to sneak in those greens.
- Baby spinach
- 1 avocado
- ¼ lemon
- 1 cucumber
- Sea salt
- Add spinach first to toast.
- Mash avocado in bowl. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over avocado and mix well.
- Add mashed avocado on top of spinach, then top with cucumber slices and sprinkles of sea salt.
Peanut Butter with Starfruit Toast
Simple, yet elevated, because of the coolness of starfruit. You can’t go wrong with pure, creamy peanut butter and slices of a fruit that look like stars.
- Pure peanut butter (no sugar added)
- 1 starfruit
- Spread peanut butter on toast and add starfruit slices.
Caprese Salad Toast
You can never go wrong with the combination of mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil.
- Heirloom medley tomatoes
- Organic mozzarella
- Fresh basil
- Slice tomatoes.
- Slice mozzarella, or using a heart cookie cutter, make fun heart-shaped mozzarella bites.
- Top with basil leaves.
Beet Hummus Toast with Greens and Thyme
Beet hummus gives toast such a beautiful pink color, eating it will instantly boost your mood! Not to mention the major protein and vitamin boost from the chickpeas and beets, but also the health boost from the green leafy veggies.
- 1 can organic chickpeas (drained)
- 5 steamed and peeled baby beets
- ½ lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure water
- Sea salt to taste
- Your favorite leafy greens
- Fresh thyme
- In a blender or food processor, add chickpeas, beets, lemon juice, olive oil and water. Blend well until a smooth consistency.
- Spread beet hummus onto toast, sprinkle a little sea salt, add leafy greens and top with fresh thyme.
Blood Orange & Kumquat Toast with Mint
This is a simple, yet sophisticated, toast with just three ingredients. Blood oranges are so sweet, juicy and beautiful. And if you’ve never tried a kumquat, you must! They are so interesting and are meant to be eaten whole with the peel. The inside is actually the sour part, and the peel is sweet. Such an unexpected citrus twist!
- 1 blood orange
- 2 kumquats
- Fresh mint leaves
- Slice blood orange and kumquats. Add to toast.
- Top with fresh mint.
Almond Butter “Nutella” Toast with Banana
Yes, there is a superfood “Nutella” you can make at home. This chocolate spread is beyond delicious and made with just four ingredients.
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1½ tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tablespoon pure almond butter (no sugar added)
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- In a bowl, mix together the cacao powder, coconut oil, almond butter and maple syrup. Mix well until it’s all combined.
- Spread chocolate on toast and add sliced bananas.
Blueberry Chia Jam Toast with Dragon Fruit
Chia jam is the easiest way to make homemade jam. Plus, there is no sugar added. This blueberry jam requires only two ingredients, and is perfectly sweet enough. Lastly, I love to add dragon fruit to anything I can, so I found this to be a perfect pairing.
- 1 cup blueberries
- 4½ tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 dragon fruit
- In a blender, blend blueberries.
- Transfer blended blueberries to a bowl, and mix in chia seeds. Mix well.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge over night.
- When you’re ready to make your toast, take chia jam out of fridge and spread onto toast.
- Add dragon fruit slices or fun spring shapes using cookie cutters.
Almond Butter Toast with Cinnamon, Honey and Chamomile Flowers
Almond butter, cinnamon and honey create a classically great combination. Adding organic, edible chamomile flowers takes it to a whole new level for some serious spring inspiration.
- Pure almond butter (no sugar added)
- Raw, local honey
- Edible, organic chamomile flowers
- Spread almond butter onto toast.
- Drizzle honey and add cinnamon sprinkles.
- Top with chamomile flowers.
Almond Milk Chive Cream Cheese Toast with Watermelon Radishes
This spread provides a seriously addictive non-dairy option for cream cheese. You should be able to find it at your local health food store. Then top with the most beautiful watermelon radishes.
- Almond milk chive cream cheese
- 1 watermelon radish
- Spread chive cream cheese on toast.
- Top with watermelon radish slices.