We’ll admit it: we love toast. It is so versatile – any kind of bread with any toppings makes for unlimited possibilities. We’ve previously discussed our love for avocado toast, and we wanted to play on this and create a few variations to serve at our Easter brunch (have you checked out the mimosa bar we also served up for this brunch?).
Whether you opt for toast, crostinis, or some other sort of vehicle for your toppings, these make a great addition because you can really create something for everyone. Guests who have dairy allergies? Gluten sensitivity? Vegan or vegetarian restrictions? No problem.
For our brunch, we opted to use a fresh loaf of rye bread (which was delicious, by the way) but you can also use a baguette, sourdough, focaccia, crostinis, Melba toasts, or whatever your personal favourite may be. We toasted it well, but depending on your toppings you may also want to bake in the oven or toaster oven with or without the toppings.
In terms of the toppings themselves, we had a few things we wanted to accomplish: variety in terms of flavours and ingredients, colourful and appealing presentation, and some degree of healthy ingredients. We opted for four variations:
- Peanut butter and banana: this is always a hit if you have young kids at your brunch (or picky eaters). Peanut butter had a bit of protein and healthy fat, and banana adds healthy sugars and potassium. To make this healthier, opt for natural or raw nut butters (we love MaraNatha for a readily available brand at most grocery stores). You can also sprinkle with cinnamon, which helps control blood sugar and cravings (always a good thing with so much chocolate around) and adds a delicious yet unexpected flavour!
- Guacamole and bruschetta: we chose this as a fun twist on our love for avocado toast. The spices in the bruschetta give this a savory kick while the guac adds healthy fats. Plus, tomato and avocado are one of our favourite combinations ever.
- Salmon, cream cheese and dill: a classic combo, we had to include this in our brunch. The salmon and cream cheese provide protein and calcium, and the addition of dill rounds out the combination perfectly.
- Beet hummus, avocado, and chia seeds: the colours on this toast were so pretty we almost didn’t want to eat it. The beet hummus was a gorgeous purple that provides detoxifying benefits from the beets, which we blended into our hummus (you can buy or make your own hummus). The slices of avocado balanced out the beets and the chia seeds were a super food addition that added tons of nutrients and looked pretty cute, if we say so ourselves.
These turned out so yummy and even prettier than we had hoped (like our mimosa bar, we had a hard time narrowing down the photos!), and with options for every palette it’s truly a great brunch addition. We suggest prepping your toppings beforehand but assembling everything immediately before serving so that your toasts stay crunchy (if using toast rather than crostinis). You may also want to consider a crostini/toast station where guests can assemble their own from the toppings provided for a truly customizable experience. Like we said, the options are endless!
If you decide to incorporate these into your brunch, let us know how they turn out and what toppings you choose – we’d love to hear!