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!
- 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.
- (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.
Serve with many slices of toasted and buttered sprouted grain Ezekial Bread and then step back to 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!
Sweet & Savory Toast Bar
- 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
- 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
- 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.