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The Best Avocado Toast


Author: Lisa Childs

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Published Date: January 25, 2022

Updated Date: November 16, 2022

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Avocado toast: Celebrities rave about it, millennials love it more than Starbucks, and chefs praise its versatility. In my avocado toast recipe, I’ve created the perfect balance of sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy, and just a hint of spice.

a slice of avocado toast on wax paper on a green placemat with a honey pot

The Best Avocado Toast 

I first had avocado toast while working as a copywriter in college. My boss would make it for me for lunch almost every day and I soon started craving it! She would use a healthy toasted sprouted bread, Veganese mayonnaise, smashed avocado, tomato slices, and salt and pepper. 

Since then, I’ve had avocado toast in all its different forms. Here’s my absolute favorite combination of flavors for the tastiest, most filling and healthy version I know you’ll love.

Ingredients 

  • Sourdough toast (I love my homemade bread the best, but any sourdough will work great. You can use your favorite bread, but sourdough is mine!)
  • Avocado
  • Cottage cheese
  • Sunflower nuts and/or pepitas. I actually use a salad topping mix that also includes dried cranberries (purchased from Costco).
  • Crushed red pepper 
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper
ingredients for avocado toast on a marble background: toast, honey, avocado, cottage cheese, pepper flakes, and nuts

What Is Avocado Toast and Why Is It So Popular

If you haven’t ever had avocado toast, you might wonder about the hype! Not to mention — what is it? So let’s clarify: avocado toast is not, in fact, toast somehow made from an avocado. Rather, in its purest form, it’s a piece of toast with avocado on top. 

The choice of bread, form of avocado, and toppings are limitless, providing the perfect playground for culinary creatives. As to its popularity, we can attribute a lot of that to pop culture icon Gwynneth Paltrow. 

A couple of celebrity chefs in Australia had popularized the classic not-recipe (after all, avocado toast has been around for around 10,000 years), but it was Paltrow’s inclusion of avocado toast in her cookbook in 2008 that boosted the meal to the millennial staple that it is today.

AVOCADO Toast Tips 

To make delicious avocado toast, all you need is toast and avocados! The toppings are really up to you. My combination of ingredients is my favorite because it’s creamy, crunchy, spicy, sweet, and salty. Here are some of my best tips for success:

  • If sourdough bread doesn’t fit in your toaster, warm a skillet or grill pan on the stove over medium high heat. Toast for 2-3 minutes on one side, and 1-2 minutes on the other (or until toasted to your liking). 
  • After cutting the avocado in half lengthwise, take your knife and score the avocado half into cubes. Then, take a fork and start smashing the avocado towards the center of the avocado. The skin serves as a bowl to mash the avocado.
  • Using smashed avocado vs. sliced avocado makes a big difference. Slices have a tendency to slide all over the toast, and can make a big mess.
  • If you want to use cottage cheese as a topping, layer the avocado onto the toast first, then top with the cottage cheese. This will help prevent your bread from getting soggy.
  • Cut the toast into little sticks, and serve at a brunch or baby/bridal shower as a fun finger food.
  • Keep the pit in the other half of the avocado, if not using. Store wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic is touching the skin to prevent browning.
Avocado Toast on a blue plate with three oranges

Is Avocado Toast Healthy?

Gwynneth Paltrow didn’t tout the benefits of avocado toast for no reason. This simple meal is loaded with fiber, vitamins, and healthy fats. So long as you don’t overload your toast with too much smashed avocado or other calorie-dense toppings (like bacon, cheese, and butter), it’s quite healthy. 

In my recipe, I’ve opted for sourdough bread, which is both delicious and healthy. The fermented yeast stimulates your metabolism, while its complex carbohydrate profile helps to regulate your blood sugar. 

My avocado toast recipe uses half an avocado, a healthy amount, and cottage cheese—one of the best foods for weight loss and healthy muscle maintenance. This might sound surprising (isn’t cheese fattening?), but cottage cheese is actually a relatively low-fat cheese that’s packed with protein. It’s the perfect healthy addition to any breakfast. 

Is Avocado Toast Good for Weight Loss?

Avocado toast is high in healthy fats, but it also has lots of healthy vitamins. As such, it can be a part of a healthy, balanced diet if it fits into your daily macro count.

So long as you don’t over portion, the healthy fibers and fats in avocado toast should help lose weight as they’ll keep you feeling fuller, longer.

Consult with a dietician, nutritionist, or your doctor for more information.

Is Avocado Toast Vegan? 

In its purest form, the original avocado toast recipe is a favorite, cult classic vegan breakfast. And happily, my recipe can easily be converted for a vegan lifestyle.

If you’d like to make my recipe vegan, just replace the cottage cheese with vegan cottage cheese and the honey with agave syrup.

side view of a slice of avocado toast with orange juice in the background

Avocado Toast with Eggs

If you like, you can always top avocado toast with a runny, scrambled, or hard boiled egg. It’s a great way to add protein and flavor (though it’s definitely not vegan).

As usual, start with the classic toasted sourdough bread and smashed avocado layer. After that, you have some options. 

The classic egg-and-avo combination involves a delicately fried over easy egg that’s gently layered on top of the smashed avocado.

You can top it with a drizzle of balsamic glaze, a sprinkling of feta, or even a dash of hot sauce—whatever strikes your fancy. 

Alternatively, you can gently scramble your egg (while taking care not to overcook it), then gently layer the scrambled egg onto the smashed avocado.

Again, top with whatever you’d like — hot sauce is my personal favorite with a scrambled egg. 

See Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs and Air Fryer Eggs.

More Breakfast Favorites

Looking for more ideas? Check out my Instant Pot Breakfast page. It’s packed with easy and quick ideas for healthy, family friendly breakfasts.

a slice of avocado toast on wax paper on a green placemat with a honey pot

The Best Avocado Toast

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

I’ve created the perfect balance of sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy, and just a hint of spicy in what will be your new favorite breakfast, brunch, or snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 slice sourdough bread, toasted
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, smashed
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower nuts and/or roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Assemble the avocado toast by smashing and smearing the avocado onto the toast.
  2. Top with cottage cheese, then sprinkle with nuts/seeds, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste, and a drizzle of honey.
  3. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • If sourdough bread doesn't fit in your toaster, warm a skillet or grill pan on the stove over medium high heat. Toast for 2-3 minutes on one side, and 1-2 minutes on the other (or until toasted to your liking). 
  • After cutting the avocado in half lengthwise, take your knife and score the avocado half into cubes. Then, take a fork and start smashing the avocado towards the center of the avocado. The skin serves as a bowl to mash the avocado.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 662mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 9gSugar: 6gProtein: 21g

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I founded Tried, Tested, and True in 2019 to help moms like me develop confidence and joy in the kitchen.

Since then, I have taught millions of home cooks around the world through our tried and true recipes and Youtube tutorials.

In 2021, I wrote my first book called, “I Love My Instant Pot: Cooking for One”!