4 Comforting Non-Avocado Toasts

Avocado toast is all the rage, and while it’s true that healthy fats, folate, protein, phytonutrients and important trace minerals are found in this modern healthy-menu staple, there are lots of non-avocado ways to super-food your standard breakfast routine.

Avocado toast is a great option for breakfast because the fruits are easy to enjoy without cooking them; they’re ridiculously versatile. (Mash them up! Squeeze lime on top! Add miso or yogurt! Sprinkle with salt and pepper!) But you probably have quite a few more fruits and vegetables in your fridge and pantry that are ready for a toast spotlight.

Some of our favorite avocado toast alternatives require a bit of prep time. For example, roasted mushroom toasts are terrific but require a little sauté. But, we promise that as winter arrives and perfect avocados become harder to find, these sweet and savory options will fill your belly without taking up a lot of time.

So toast a slice of your favorite bread and take a peek in your pantry. Here are rough recipes for some of our favorite non-avocado toasts:

PUMPKIN CREAM WITH APPLES & PEPITAS

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree + 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt + cinnamon + 1/4 sliced apple + 1 tablespoon toasted pumpkin seeds

Mix the pumpkin, yogurt and cinnamon. Spread over toast and add apple and pepitas. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

ROASTED MUSHROOM, FETA & LEMON

1/4 cup sliced mushrooms + 1/4 cup feta + drizzle of olive oil + black pepper + crushed red pepper + lemon zest

Gently sauté the mushrooms in a drizzle of olive oil until fragrant. Mix together the feta, a drizzle of olive oil, black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste. Spread feta over toast, top with mushrooms and a pinch of lemon zest.

RADISH & SUNFLOWER SPROUT

3–4 thinly sliced radishes + handful of sunflower or alfalfa sprouts + hummus + salt and pepper

Spread hummus on toast, top with sliced radishes and sprouts. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

RICOTTA WITH FIGS & SPICES

1/4 cup ricotta + lemon + figs + honey + cinnamon + nutmeg

Whisk together the ricotta and a drizzle of honey plus cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Spread on toast. Slice the figs and arrange on top of ricotta. Drizzle with a tiny bit of honey.