Three Vegan and Healthy Toast Ideas

Three Vegan and Healthy Toast Ideas

I don’t know about you, but to me, toast will always be a classic, either as a snack or a full on meal. There are endless possibilities when it comes to toppings, and there is just something fundamentally cosy about a hearty slice of bread on a cold morning – essentially the only thing that can make crawl out from under my blankets (although, that probably my fault for sleeping with the window open, but I cannot deal with a stuffy room, at all).

I spent this weekend trying out new recipes, one of which was supposed to be a vegan version of a Russian classic – pelmeni, or boiled dumplings with mushrooms and peas. It failed. Badly. Not gonna lie, I wept a bit because it’s always a shame when you come up with a fantastic idea, but the expectations do not accord with reality and it quite literally falls apart before your eyes. After feeling sorry for myself and having something like an existential crisis, I decided to see the whole situation as a sign to make something that’s a lot simpler but definitely not inferior in terms of quality. After all, I am all about making vegan recipes accessible and easy to incorporate into any lifestyle, and toast couldn’t come closer to these parameters – it requires minimal preparation, can be eaten for any meal (although, does anyone else find it strange that we allocate certain foods to certain times of day?! this rule should apply to any food) and is perfect for lunch/bento boxes.

Vegan toast ideas

Usually, I make my own bread because most store brought options tend to contain too much salt. There is nothing wrong with that, but I personally feel much better on a lower-sodium diet and that is one of the many reasons as to why I cook for myself as much as possible. Moreover, few things can beat the smell of freshly baked bread. However, when I walked past the bakery of a local health food store this morning I could not take my eyes off a particularly delicious loaf and decided to give it a go, and it certainly did not disappoint. I mean, while my bread may be tasty, I always struggle with making it anything other than completely shapeless so I am inherently fascinated by anyone who can make it look aesthetically pleasing.

While I am someone who prefers sweet toast, I’ve included a savoury idea in this post  for anyone who may prefer the latter, and stuck to seasonal ingredients because there is nothing worse than finding a delicious-looking recipe only to discover that it uses dragonfruit and some exotic variety of dates that only grows on the equator. Try these out for breakfast, as a mid-day snack or even bring them along as a treat for the first Christmas party of the season. I will soon be delivering actual Christmas-inspired recipes (as well as, hopefully, a successful version of vegan pelmeni, if I ever find myself brave enough to try again) but my favourite meals are the ones that transcend seasonal boundaries. Okay, before I manage to romanticise toast a tiny bit too much, let’s jump into the recipes.

banana avocado on toast

Idea 1: Banana on Toast with a Chocolate Yoghurt Sauce 

When I found out that I am no longer allergic to bananas, one of the first things I did (after, of course, making banana ice cream) was put it on toast, and I discovered just why this is a classic.

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However, a few finishing touches can take this from a very basic, throw-it-together-at-the-last-minute type of meal to something a tiny bit more worthy of being posted on Instagram (even if you’re like me and spend ages looking at five basically identical pictures before carrying out a ruthless process of elimination as a means of deciding which one will make it past the ‘share’ button). To make the chocolate sauce, mix together

  • 1 tbsp nut or seed butter of choice
  • 1 tbsp soya yoghurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp agave nectar
  • a pinch of cacao powder
  • plant milk until it reaches your desired consistency

Given that bananas are quite sweet by themselves, I created a sauce that was quite subtle and didn’t overwhelm their natural flavour. After drizzling the sauce over your toast, or setting it aside for dipping, finish off this delicious and simple treat with:

  • dark chocolate (I use 90% cacao but I understand this is a tad bit tooo intense for most people lol)
  • fresh or frozen blueberries
  • a few drops of lime juice (try not to overdo it though!)

Idea 2: Avocado on toast with a spicy pinto bean spread

Avocado on toast

While millennial propaganda hasn’t managed to persuade me that avocado is the solution to all of live’s troubles, and I am often dismayed by my inability to judge an avocado’s ripeness, it is nonetheless one of my favourite healthy fat sources and always looks much more photogenic than I could ever aspire to be.

To make the pinto bean spread, firstly add around 1/3 can of pinto beans to a frying pan and stir until lightly browned. Then, add to a food processor alongside:

  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • a pinch of dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

and blend until a chunky paste is formed. Serve everything with fresh tomatoes, dried basil and a few leaves of arugula. If they’re in season, strawberries can add a lovely hint of sweetness, however trying to find fresh berries in England right now makes you feel like one of those people who walk around beaches looking for gold with metal detectors. But anyway, I’ll never let anyone tell me that avocado on toast is basic because it is only basic if you allow it to be.

Idea 3: Pumpkin sauce with figs and apples

Figs on toast with a pumpkin sauce

Seeing as Autumn is almost over, I am making the most of it by indulging in pumpkin like there is no tomorrow. And recently, I’ve managed to find a shop that sells organic figs that literally taste like candy, and I couldn’t help but create something which combines these two lovely foods. If you feel like being a tiny bit extra, you could even caramelise the figs which is easily done – simply toss them in around a tbsp of agave nectar and then add to a frying pan on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

To make the sauce, add the following into a small bowl:

  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp nut or seed butter of choice
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg

Serve with fresh apple (the pink lady variety is my favourite) or any other fresh fruit of your choice – persimmon would work well too.

And seeing as I am feeling generous, I will now share some more of my favourite toast topping ideas as a little bonus/very early Christmas present to you all:

  • scrambled tofu made with cumin, turmeric and spinach
  • mushrooms stir-fried in red wine vinegar with fresh onions and red peppers
  • beetroot hummus (simply made by blending 1/2 can of chickpeas with 1 tsp tahini, lemon juice to taste and a small boiled beet)
  • Soya yoghurt, pomegranate seeds, fresh blueberries and agave nectar
  • Avocado spread, edamame, sweetcorn and sea salt

Let me know in the comments – will you be trying out any of these? And what do you typically have on your toast?

Hoping you are all having a fantastic start to your November and I will be seeing you all again very soon!

Lots of love, Maria ♡

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85 Comments

  1. SimpleSerenity November 6, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Love your photos in this post, they look so amazing. You did an awesome job. xx

    • whatismaria November 6, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Omg that means so much to me!! So glad you like them 😊💗

  2. hell0chloe November 6, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Maria these look absolutely INCREDIBLE oh my can you come and make these for me please hahaha, I’d never be able to make them look as amazing as this!! I don’t know which one I’d try first!!xxx

    • whatismaria November 6, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Ahh that means so much to me!! I’m sure you’d do a great job if you tried them out – we must always believe in ourselves ;D thank you so much for your comment lovely xox

  3. Sarah November 6, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Oh my gosh the banana on toast looks friggin amazing! 😍😍

  4. lifeinlibertyx November 6, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I love this post so much! I’ve been trying so hard to eat more of a plant based diet recently ; hopefully this will encourage new exciting things to eat xx

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 5:07 am

      Ahh I am so happy it could be helpful! And a huge well done to you for eating more plant based 😊❤️

  5. Aricouture November 6, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    Wow these recipes look sooo good! I love how you took a classic (which is toast) and jazzed it up with the different toppings, while still making it easy for everyday. I love it.☺

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 5:08 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!! Jazzing up classic meals has to be one of my favourite things eveeer ❤️

  6. Joy The Witch November 6, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I can’t, these look so tasty 😱😱 and you have good photography skills, you really know how to highlight the ingredients in the photo!

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 5:09 am

      Omg thank you so much dear!! I’ve been working on my photography a lot recently so that really means a lot 😊❤️

  7. Don't Give a Jam November 6, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    these all look absolutely delicious (& beautiful lol), especially the one with banana 🙌🏻

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 5:09 am

      The banana was probably my favourite one!! Thank you very much xox

  8. Kay Velez November 6, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    These photos are too cute! I’m definitely going to have to try these as well. They look & sound so delicious. Thank you for sharing!!

    https://lavenderhearts.blog

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 5:10 am

      I hope you like them if you end up giving them a go!! Thank you for your lovely comment:) xox

  9. Madison November 6, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    YUMMM! I love toast! I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! <3

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 5:11 am

      Couldn’t agree more tbh;D toast is always a good idea xox

  10. stronglotusyogi November 7, 2017 / 2:46 am

    Thank you for the share Maria! The pumpkin one I may need to try 😋 ’tis the season!

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 5:12 am

      Yesss pumpkin is one of my favourite things to eat right now!! Thank you very much for reading 🙂 xox

  11. Britney November 7, 2017 / 6:16 am

    These toasts really look and sound amazing. I would probably go for the avocado one.

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Thank you so much!! Avocado is always delicious 👌🏼

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Yesss toast for breakfast is always a good idea

  12. Gluecksgeist November 7, 2017 / 10:39 am

    These toast ideas look incredible!! So so good xx

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 11:44 am

      Thank you so much!! So glad you like them 😊❤️

  13. Amielle November 7, 2017 / 10:40 am

    The one with the banana looks sooo good!

  14. crystalsandcurls November 7, 2017 / 11:26 am

    As always…amazing post! These look absolutely delicious…I’m hungry ;-; xxx

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      Thank you Mia!! You should definitely go ahead and make yourself some toast;D xox

  15. jyo November 7, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Such a beautiful and healthy recipe !!

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you!! So glad you like it ❤️

  16. Life As Najida November 7, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    The Avacado with the bean spread looks and sounds amazing! It’s really good that it’s vegan and healthy x

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Yesss that one is one of my favourite combos of all time!! Thank you very much for your lovely comment xox

  17. Sabreendiaries November 7, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Wow! Such a yummilicious post 😋😜
    I’d probably try all the three recipes. Your photography is amazing. 👌🏻

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Haha you should totally give them a go and let me know what you think!! Thank you so much lovely xox

  18. sydneymaigon November 7, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! They look soooo good!

    • whatismaria November 8, 2017 / 7:44 am

      Thank youuuu!! I hope you end up liking them:)

  19. Ji Ah November 8, 2017 / 4:16 am

    these look beautiful – and totally yummy! your photos just make me want to reach out into my screen and grab a bite! 😂

    • whatismaria November 8, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Omg I am so happy to hear that – that’s always my intention 😆 Thank you for your lovely comment!!

  20. thenerdyme123 November 8, 2017 / 10:04 am

    These ideas look too good to pass! I love the sound of the one with banana! I need to try it. Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • whatismaria November 8, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Thank youuu!! You should give it a go for sure as it was delicious ❤️❤️

  21. ughmango November 8, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Oh wow these all sound so delicious!! I need to try that banana on toast with a chocolate yoghurt sauce, just yum 😍💗 xx

    • whatismaria November 8, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks so much dear!! And that one is definitely one of my favourites, you should give it a try for sure xox

  22. Lingyun November 8, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    So simple yet it looks so delicious! I’m going to try some of these out on my home made flax seed loaf.

    • whatismaria November 9, 2017 / 6:34 am

      Thank you!! And I hope you like them – that flax seed loaf sounds amazing:)

      • Lingyun November 10, 2017 / 12:04 am

        It is! If you use a bread machine I can link you the recipe 🙂

  23. Laura @ Feast Wisely November 8, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Fantastic post Maria – I too agree that you can’t beat delicious toppings on top quality or homemade bread – it’s something I have for dinner at least twice a week 😄

    • whatismaria November 9, 2017 / 9:42 am

      Thank you very much!! Toast for dinner is one of my favourite things of all time ❤️❤️

  24. Julia November 9, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Love all of these ideas and I LOVE the sound of the banana toast option. Also, this photography is stunning!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • whatismaria November 9, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Ahh I am so glad you like them!! Banana on toast is one of my faves 🙂 and thank you very much – that means a lot to me <3

    • whatismaria November 9, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Thank youuu! I hope you like them if you give them a go:)

  25. Katya November 10, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Yeah I know, Expectation Vs. Reality. Its worse to see yourself not being able to do what you were excited about, it happens to everyone. Those are mouth watering sandwiches.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • whatismaria November 10, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Haha I am glad someone else can understand that feeling, as bad as it may be :’) and thank you very much!

  26. InspiresN November 10, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    They look so yum and delicious , healthy as well!!

    • whatismaria November 10, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you!! These are definitely on the healthier side:)

  27. N November 12, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Just looking at your pictures is a treat.

    • whatismaria November 12, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      You are too kind!! So glad you like them xox

      • N November 12, 2017 / 7:49 pm

        🙂

    • whatismaria November 13, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      I am glad you liked it! Thank you for reading:)

  28. SimplyUntamedNatonya November 13, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    I gotta try the pumpkin one, with the figs and apples such a genius combination. You always put together tasty-looking dishes🤗 Definitely sharing this one on my Twitter 😁

    • whatismaria November 13, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      You should give it a go for sure as it is life changing! And that means so much to me – thank you very much for reading and sharing xox

  29. whatsbeancooking November 14, 2017 / 11:57 am

    So glad I found this just before lunch, thanks for the inspiration, looks delicious!

    • whatismaria November 15, 2017 / 8:09 am

      Haha I am glad it could inspire you! Thank you very much much xo

  30. Wendy Floyd November 15, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Soooo pretty – we eat with our eyes first and these are making me hungry!!!

    • whatismaria November 15, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Haha eating with our eyes is very true 😂 So glad you like them! ❤️

  31. govegoblog November 19, 2017 / 11:14 am

    These toppings look so tasty! Can’t wait to try them 😋 check out our blog at GoVego for more vegan recipes!

    • whatismaria November 19, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you very much! Glad you like them:)

  32. Nofussvegan November 26, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    These look great I love toast. Couldn’t be vegan if toast wasn’t allowed.

  33. the Crow | The Corvid Review November 29, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Now, that avocado one is right up my alley. Perhaps with a little lime to go with it on top.

    If you’re trying to judge an avocado’s ripeness, go by touch. Just like with all fruit and veg, if its firm to the touch, it’s good.

  34. foodbyayaka January 2, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Photos look beautiful and flavor combos sound delicious!

    • whatismaria January 3, 2018 / 7:28 am

      Thank you! That means a lot to me 🙂

  35. mapsandsneakers January 5, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    Sooo good! I think the one with avocado is my favourite! 🙂

    • whatismaria January 5, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you! Avocado is always a classic 🙂 <3

  36. Yumlicious January 17, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Lovely shots, they look delicious! I love banana on toast with peanut butter and nuts, yummy!

    • whatismaria January 17, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you! And me too, it really is a delish combo 💜

  37. FrugalFrannie January 31, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    The photos are amazing, the recipes sound fantastic. I am loving this, can’t wait to try them out!

  38. the glow place February 2, 2018 / 11:10 am

    This is such a great post. Thanks for sharing the receipes. I am hungry !!:)

    • whatismaria February 2, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you so much for reading! I hope you like them if you try them out 🙂

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