Breakfast & Brunch

Sweet & Savory Toast Bar

make your own toast bar with sweet ingredients and savory ingredients

Looking to have some fun with your brunch menu this weekend?  Try this TOAST BAR on for size!  If you’re anything like me, I have a very hard time deciding between sweet or savory when scouring a brunch menu.  Do I go with the eggs benedict sitting atop 10 glorious pounds of bacon, or the super chocolatey chippy powdery sugary pancakes…the agony of brunch decisions is real my friends!  Lucky for me, my husband goes through the same mental torture, but nips it in the bud by ordering one of each (therefore I get to pick at his, mwahaha).  

(I know what you’re thinking, and yes, David gets two full meals…making him an expensive date.)

But fear no more, because you can do both with this Toast Bar!  There will be no compromise at this brunch affair!  Not only does this remove the anticipation of the ever torturous decision, but is way way better for you then going out for a restaurant brunch.  You have the flexibility to put out the ingredients you want and to make it your own.  Have fun and crazy is always encouraged!   

For the meantime though, I’ll give you a breakdown of the SWEET & SAVORY TOAST BAR!

make your own toast bar sweet ingredients

SWEET:

  • Always, always, always have an ooey, gooey, drippy nut butter.  Melt beforehand for added yumminess.  I tried a new nut butter mixture the other day called NUTTZO, and ended up falling in love and using in this recipe!  It’s this beautifully and organically crafted nut and seed butter with only top notch ingredients and nothing extra added to it.  So heck yeah, I smeared that all up and down my toast.
  • Get yourself some fruit!  I used dried blueberries, fresh strawberries, sliced bananas, and pomegranate seeds.  Sprinkle on toast liberally.
  • Chocolate.  Need I say more?  I love me some dark chocolate, so thats what you’re looking at here.  Also, this may be a super underrated combination, but the nut butter, with chocolate chips, and pomegranate seeds was AWESOME.  The pomegranate seeds add a pop of strong flavor that blend so nicely with the dark chocolate.  Give it a try!
  • Nuts for texture!  Almond slices are one of my favs, but you could also do chopped walnuts or pumpkin seeds, yummmm.

toast with natural nut butter, banana slices, strawberries, pomegranite seeds, and chocolate chips

 

 

make your own toast bar with savory ingredients

SAVORY:

  • (In Arby’s song) We have…the MEATS.  So I don’t know if I’m going through a phase, but I’ve been having a real obsession with lox since Christmas.  I for real cannot get enough of them.  And if I’m being honest, my cravings for lox is what prompted this toast bar brain child.  So thank you, you briney, smokey salmon filets for being so darn delicious.  Also, bacon makes a great toast topping, so cook you up some strips.
  • Cheeeeeeseeeee.  I used goat cheese, for its spreading abilities, taste, and its health benefits over cheese made from cow’s milk; such as, easier digestion, fewer calories, and higher vitamin content.
  • Avocado is a must have for the savory side.  Mash it up, whisper sweet nothings to it, drizzle some lime juice for flavor and freshness, and then sprinkle with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning.  If you haven’t tried this seasoning yet, you are doing yourself a real disservice.  Go get yourself and bottle and put it on EVERYTHING.
  • Well if you’re having lox then it goes without saying that you need thinly sliced raw red onion too.

toast with lox, avocado, goat cheese, bacon and onion

Serve with many slices of toasted and buttered gluten free Ezekial Bread and then step back admire your masterpiece.  With that, I think you’re ready to go off into the world of brunch and host your own toast bar.  Make me proud and knock it out of the park!

 

Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Sweet & Savory Toast Bar

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: avocado, brunch, glutenfree, nutbutter, toast, toastbar
Servings: 4 people
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

Savory

  • 5 pieces gluten free ezekiel bread toasted and buttered
  • 5 pieces goat cheese pieces approx. 1 tbsp
  • 1 avocado mashed
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1-2 tsp Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel seasoning
  • 5 pieces lox
  • 1/4 cup red onion sliced
  • 3 pieces bacon sliced into thin strips

Sweet

  • 1 cup nut butter melted
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 5 strawberries chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Set out 3 decorative trays, or 1 large tray to use for Toast Bar. Start cooking bacon on stovetop.  If using one large tray, separate ingredients with slices of toast.
  • Set up sweet tray with ingredients.  Use small bowls to hold blueberries and chocolate chips.  In a larger bowl, heat nut butter until it becomes warm and runny. Set up fruit and almond slices around bowls.
  • Set up savory ingredients.  Arrange lox, sliced onion, and goat cheese on tray. Take avocado and scoop flesh into a bowl.  Mash with a potato masher and then drizzle 1 tbsp lime juice over top. Scoop out and arrange on tray, then sprinkle with TraderJoe's seasoning.
  • Toast and butter bread before serving.
Breakfast & Brunch

Bacon and Egg Muffins

bacon and egg muffins in a black skillet with avocado toast on white table
Bacon and Egg Muffins with Avocado Toast

 

Did someone say brunch?!

So here in Columbus during the fall, FOOTBALL SEASON = LIFE.  And when noon games are on the schedule…that equals BRUNCH!  As if waking up to the promise of an early bloody mary isn’t good enough, I get to make this scrumptious little number with a side of avocado toast!  And then I invite my friends over to scarf it down before heading to our fav tailgate spot.

Now I know thats only relevant to our little bubble here in Ohio, but this dish makes for a great brunch course for any friend or family gathering.  These are seriously easy to make and take no time at all (which is great for us non-morning, snooze-button-pressing, messy-bun wearing, running-out-the-door-to-our-seriously-P.O.’d-uber-driver folk).

Now if you haven’t noticed yet, you likely will soon, but I try to sneak turmeric into everything I can.  Like everything.  This India-originated spice might be one of the world’s healthiest foods, and is likely the most researched as well.  It has so many health benefits that it should definitely find its way into your pantry…and more importantly your food.  Here we go: inflammation, skin health, diabetes, depression, pain, blood clots, cancers, toxicity and obesity.  The studies around turmeric and its impact on the listed health benefits is truly amazing, and I would highly encourage further research for those who are interested.

But I digress…

bacon and egg muffins with green onions and avocado toast on white table
Bacon and Egg Muffins

These bacon and egg muffins will not disappoint, and are super nutritious for you as well!  I made these the other morning before company came, and then let them sit in the oven on 150 degrees to keep them warm before putting them out.  Pair them with some avocado toast, and you have yourself a full brunch!  OR…these could easily be made at the beginning of the week and stored in the fridge for a quick morning breakfast.

I think you guys will love these and seriously excited for you to try!  Also, if anyone is a spice fanatic, don’t be afraid to add more red hot in the egg mixture, sliced jalapeños or top with sriracha!

 

Bacon and Egg Muffins

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 17 muffins
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 cup red hot
  • 1/4 cup milk unsweetened almond
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 cup fresh kale chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper (any color) chopped
  • 4 pieces bacon cooked and chopped
  • 3 green onions chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease muffin pan.
  • Crack 12 eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Add milk, red hot, garlic, turmeric, ground flax seed, kale, pepper, and mix together.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour egg mixture into muffin pan 3/4 full.  Sprinkle cooked bacon and green onions on top before placing in oven.
  • Bake for 15 min, let cool, and serve.