Since the avocado toast craze began, fancy toast has become the new normal, a dish to eagerly anticipate.

Toast toppings are now as diverse as the people making them: savory, spicy, sweet, and perhaps a mix of all three.

Our colleague Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog, looked at the nut butters in her cupboard and made the following toasts with nothing more than other basic ingredients found in the same cupboard.

Some are obvious, some are a bit more avant-garde, but all are thoroughly delicious.

Hannah’s toasts are vegan, but you can substitute nut butter for cream cheese, dairy butter, hummus, ricotta or other spreadable, and add or exchange breakfast or other meats or seafood.

And don’t forget the base element: bread. Baguette, brioche, challah, ciabatta, English muffin, fruit bread, olive bread, nut bread, peasant bread, pita, pumpernickel, rye, soda bread, sourdough, whole grain, even white bread: The world is yours to toast.

As Hannah says, “This is just the beginning of an endless tale.”

Get inspiration from the following, then design your own for breakfast or snacking.

  • Ants Off a Log: Peanut butter topped with thinly sliced celery and raisins.
  • Apple Pie: Cashew butter topped with brown sugar, thinly sliced sweet apples, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Banana Pudding: Cashew butter with half a banana mashed into it, topped with the remaining banana, sliced, and crushed graham cracker crumbs.
  • Birthday Cake: Cashew butter mixed with a drop of vanilla extract, topped with turbinado sugar and sprinkles.
  • The Cereal Bowl: Almond butter topped with granola and a drizzle of vanilla yogurt.
  • Cheesecake: Cashew butter swirled with vegan cream cheese, topped with sliced strawberries and crushed graham cracker crumbs.
  • Chocolate-Covered Cherries: Almond butter mixed with cocoa powder, topped with pitted fresh cherries or cherry preserves, drizzled with chocolate syrup.
  • Cookie Dough: Cashew butter mixed with a tiny bit of oat flour, a drop of vanilla extract, topped with chocolate chips and a pinch of coarse sea salt.
  • The Elvis: Peanut butter with banana slices and coconut bacon.
  • Massaman Curry: Peanut butter with madras curry powder mixed in, topped with roasted sweet potato and toasted peanuts.
  • Mocha Latte: Almond butter with instant coffee powder and cocoa mixed in, optionally topped with coconut whipped cream.

    Toast Toppings
    [1] From top: chocolate spread with streusel, avocado with chia, cream cheese with carrot saw, chocolate with mixed salted nuts, spicy peanut butter and honey with kiwi, edamame hummus with baby spinach (both photos courtesy Hope Foods).

    Fancy Toast
    [2] From top left: mashed avocado with radish and sweet chili drizzle, cream cheese with roasted squash and stir-fried sage, yellow bell pepper spread with kmarinated red peppers and grilled mushrooms, cream cheese with mandarin segments and chia, hummus with blackberries, chopped egg whites and beets with watercress.

  • Nutella: Hazelnut butter mixed with cocoa powder, topped with toasted hazelnuts, cacao nibs, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Pecan Pie: Pecan butter topped with toasted pecans, a light sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • The Pregnant Lady: Peanut butter topped with sliced bread and butter pickles, optionally topped with coconut whipped cream.
  • Salted Caramel: Cashew butter mixed with dark brown sugar and a pinch of salt, topped with turbinado sugar and coarse sea salt.
  • S’mores: Cashew butter topped with chocolate chips, crushed graham cracker crumbs, and toasted vegan marshmallows.
  • Sonoma Harvest: Hazelnut butter topped with sliced grapes, arugula, a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and toasted sliced almonds.
  • Super Seed: Sunflower seed butter topped with toasted pepitas, hulled hemp seeds, chia seeds, and a very light drizzle of toasted sesame oil. Coarse sea salt optional.
  • Thai Almond: Almond butter topped with bean sprouts, cilantro, a drizzle of sriracha and a pinch of coarse sea salt.
  • Tropical Breeze: Macadamia nut butter topped with thinly sliced pineapple, a light sprinkle of ground ginger, and toasted coconut flakes.
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