4 breakfast ideas to pimp your toast
We all know that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, as it can set the tone for your eating patterns for the rest of your day. The problem is that most of us rarely have time to make a cup of coffee, let alone breakfast before we rush off to work or doing the school run. As a result, I figured pimping up the humble toast for breakfast, would be a great way to get you off to a good start with these 4 toast breakfast ideas. All of them can be made in less than 2 minutes with a couple of make ahead ingredients. So if you haven’t got time to make anything before you rush off, you can definitely put these breakfast ideas and recipes together at your desk, or as soon as you arrive back home from the morning rush.
The best thing since sliced bread is an apt saying because toast is THE BEST. I mean who hates bread? No one.
But not all toast is created equal. Bread has had a bad rap for a long time for all sorts of reasons, like it being processed, full of blood spiking ‘white carbs’ and what not. But there is another way folks.
A more nutritious option is to make sure that you always buy wholemeal bread for extra fibre that not only helps to regulate your blood sugar levels but is essential for good digestion. Statistically speaking, the average adult in the UK does not consume the recommended daily intake of dietary fibre which is 30g (women currently take 17.2g/day vs men 20.1g/day). An easy way to fix this problem is to just swap to all the wholemeal tings.
I personally love sourdough which is a fermented type of bread (hello probiotics!), but a cheap and cheerful substitute is organic wholewheat or spelt bread, if you can tolerate gluten. For gluten free options, try teff or sorghum bread (you won’t find them in common supermarkets though, check out your local health food store instead or make it yourself). Side note - if you’re looking for other speedy breakfast ideas why don’t you check out this peanut butter and banana overnight oats recipe?
I’m sharing with you 4 of my favourite toast breakfast ideas, but to be honest there are endless combinations you could work with. The purpose of this post is mainly to inspire you and work with what you have. Out of the 4 toast breakfast ideas I made 2 savoury and 2 sweet to jazz things up and give you some variety.
Let’s start with savoury shall we?
Recipe 1: Spinach and basil pesto + sliced tomatoes.
Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also versatile which is why I love it so much. You can use this pesto recipe again and again to make pesto pasta for lunch, or pesto crusted salmon for dinner. Pesto goes with a whole lot of things, it’s a staple in my house and a great way to pack in your greens, especially if you have littles!
1 tomato, sliced
1 cup spinach leaves, packed
1 cup basil leaves, packed
⅔ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup olive oil
½ lemon, juiced
2-3 garlic cloves
Salt & pepper to taste
Place all ingredients except olive oil into a food processor and blend.*
Slowly pour olive oil while blending, and allow to blend until a creamy pesto forms.
Taste and adjust seasoning if needed and blend again.
Spread some of the pesto onto your toast.
Arrange the tomato slices on top of the pesto toast.
Sprinkle sesame seeds on top (optional), and enjoy!
* Tip: I suggest you put all your leafy greens first, followed by the rest of the ingredients for a smoother and quicker blend.
Recipe 2: Peanut butter and raspberry compote
This is my low sugar version of peanut butter and jelly. It’s a sacred combo that works beautifully and I’m not about to mess with it. But you need to know a couple of things if you wanna make it a more nutritious option.
Buy good quality peanut butter. I mean no palm oil and no added sugar. My favourite kind is the runny kind. *DROOL*
Use frozen raspberries if you want to make raspberry compote but if you’re pressed for time, you can mash fresh raspberries with a fork onto your peanut butter toast.
Feel free to use any nut butter you like!
1-2 tbsps peanut butter
Handful of fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 tsp chia seeds
Spread the peanut butter GENEROUSLY on your toast.
Gently stir the frozen raspberries over the stove on low heat until the mixture turns into compote then spread onto peanut butter toast OR mash a handful of fresh raspberries with a fork and spread over your peanut butter toast.
Sprinkle chia seeds on top.
Recipe 3: Mashed avocado + boiled eggs
This is one of my absolute favourite breakfast ideas because eggs and avocado toast is a match made in heaven! It’s also a perfect grab and go breakfast coz you can literally grab a slice of bread, an avocado and a boiled egg as you’re running out (this is where meal prep comes in handy, NOT when running out the door in the morning!) and put it all together on your office desk. Taste's flippin’ brilliant and is perfect if you’ve had a I-just-made-it-into-work-late-but-just-about-got-away-with-it kind of morning. Girl, you know I gotchu.
1/4 lime (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Slowly lower an egg into a pan with boiling water over the stove using a spoon.
Allow the egg to boil between 9-14 mins depending on how runny or well done you like it.
Once boiled, place the egg in ice cold water to stop it from cooking.
When cool, peel the egg.*
Grab half an avocado and mash the flesh with a fork.
Add salt to taste and the juice of ¼ lime and mix it all in.
Spread the avo mash on toast.
Slice the boiled egg and place on top of the avo toast.
Season with salt and pepper.
* Steps 1-4 are best done as part of your meal prep the night before or earlier in the week.
Recipe 4: Chocolate almond butter + sliced strawberries
This chocolate almond butter is a blog favourite, you can find the recipe here. It is SO GOOD. It’s also totally sugar free, sweetened with only dates as well as dairy free and vegan. The thought of having this for breakfast alone makes me know it’s gon be a good day!
See chocolate almond butter recipe here.
2-3 Strawberries, sliced
1 tbsp toasted coconut flakes (optional)
Generously lather the chocolate almond butter on your toast.
Top your chocolate toast with strawberry slices (the more the merrier!).
Sprinkle toast with toasted coconut flakes. (or use whatever you have in your pantry i.e. seeds, nuts, etc…)
Hopefully you’ll find somewhere in there something that you fancy. I usually tend to avoid cured meats because of the sulphites they contain. I also don’t eat cheese mostly because I am dairy intolerant, but if you’re into dairy, there’s nothing stopping you from adding good quality cheese to your breakfast toppings. When it comes to combos, the sky’s the limit!
What are some of your faves? Don’t forget to tag @earthandspoon and use #earthnspoon on Instagram if you make any of these recipes, I would love to see them!
Bon appetit amigas.