Avocado toast is just the tip of the toast iceberg and PB&J is so yesterday. That said, I have a soft place in my heart for both. There are so many other varieties on this toast theme to explore though.
Before we take a bite out of these four vegan toast ideas, here are a few pro tips for making the best toast.
- Starting with a good quality bread is key. Wonder bread isn’t so wonderful and ain’t gonna cut it. You gotta step up your bread game. One of my favorite breads is Food for Life’s sprouted grain bread, Ezekiel 4:9. It’s hearty and delicious. You can find it at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, HEB, most other big grocery stores, and health food stores too.
- For the toasts that call for peanut butter, skip the Skippy or Jiff and get a peanut butter without added sugars or oils like this one from Costco.
- Seed butters are a nut-free alternative to nut butters. Try sunflower butter or tahini. Yes, these delicious nut-free butters are every bit as creamy as nut butters and have a yummy distinct flavor all their own. I was stoked to find sunflower butter at Trader Joe’s recently.
The Very Berry Toast
The Very Berry Toast is a simple twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly. Instead of jam, top with sliced fresh strawberries and/or whatever other berries you like.
Halva Heaven Toast
Tahini is a seed butter made from ground sesame seeds. It is the star ingredient in the sweet, melt-in-your mouth confection called halva. Therefore, tahini combined with something sweet will mimic the halva flavor.
Maple butter, also known as maple cream, pairs with tahini to make a delicious halva flavored toast. Not to worry, maple butter does not contain any butter or cream. It’s made solely from maple syrup.
Maple butter is sometimes hard to find. You can find it online. Trader Joe’s often has it in the fall, but I have found it at health food stores.
Mellow Mango Toast
Instead of berries, mix it up with your favorite fruits. I love mango. It’s delicious paired with any nut or seed butter you like.
Vegan Nutella Toast
Melt vegan chocolate. Spread the melted chocolate on the toast. Add chopped roasted hazelnuts or hazelnut butter. Finish with more melted chocolate drizzled on top for extra chocolatey goodness.
These are just some of my favorite vegan toasts variations. It’s so easy to assemble a quick meal or snack with toast as the starter. Let your imagination go from there.
If you try these, feel free to let me know how you like them in the comments below. And if you have some yummy plant-based toast ideas, would love to know what they are too.
That’s all for now. In closing, a toast to vegan toast. Cheers!
Sharon Nazarian is a MSVA Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator. She teaches digital marketing at Main Street Vegan Academy. She runs the vegan lifestyle website Big City Vegan. You can keep up with Sharon on Instagram as well @BigCityVegan. You’ll also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.