Tropical Fruit + Nut Butter Toast

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I am equally interested in sharing ideas on this blog as I am into sharing actual recipes.  I feel like some food bloggers get self conscious if they put up “recipes” that aren’t complicated or worthy of a feature in a culinary magazine and that’s fine – everyone can have their own style.  I’ve got mad respect either way.  What I am trying to accomplish, however, is offer a number of solutions to the problem that nearly all professional, modern workers face.  We want to be healthy and eat interesting food, but we don’t have time to spend hours and hours cooking everyday.

Fruit on toast is an idea worth spreading.  It is quick, crispy, creative and totally customizable based on what you have on the fridge and in the fruit basket.  Here’s the story behind why I am writing about Tropical Fruit  Nut Butter Toast. 

This idea came to mind as something I should blog about when I was recently traveling for work with a colleague who was really interested in eating healthy and expanding his horizons, but didn’t know exactly where he should start.  Intent was there, he just needed a little guidance.

Luckily, we had a Whole Foods close to where we were working so we would go there every day for lunch.  He had never been to WF before, so each day I took him to a different part of the store to show him something new.  We talked about various milk alternatives, trendy new yogurts, and hit the Whole Foods hot bar HARD.  #WFHB baby.

Somewhere in between the magical aisles of organic, vibrant produce, he mentioned that his favorite snack during college was peanut butter and bananas on toast.  Ding ding ding!  The lights started going off in my head and I immediately brought him over to the make-your-own peanut butter station, where we promptly ground some fresh peanut butter and he claims his “life was changed”.    Sidenote:  Hi Brian!!!!! (in case you’re reading this)

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I’m all about coming up with new, exciting ways to enjoy a warm piece of toast in the morning.  Just start at the basics with some really high quality, whole wheat bread and then you can go in a number of different directions with this concept!  Sweet, savory… a mix of both maybe?

You might like the standard peanut butter + banana combo too, but in case you want to get a bit more creative, this might inspire you.  I’m all about coming up with new, exciting ways to enjoy a warm piece of toast in the morning.  Just start at the basics with some really high quality, whole wheat bread and then you can go in a number of different directions with this concept!  Sweet, savory… a mix of both maybe?  This flavor combination reminds me of my time spent on the beaches of Mexico.

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The mangoes at the grocery store have been reallllllly good lately.  Also, I love incorporating coconut into my cooking because it contains all sorts of healing properties.  The coconut  meat contain lauric acid which helps fight bacteria and ward off infections; everything from the common cold to much more severe ailments.  It also supports thyroid and promotes healthy digestive activity. I spend so much time talking about food that is pretty… it’s healing, too!

Ok ok enough talking, let’s assemble this toast!

What will you need:

2 whole wheat pieces of bread

A variety of sliced fruits – I used mango, bananas, mandarin oranges and strawberries

2 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp coconut flakes

How do you make it?

Pretty straightforward and I’m sure there is no real need to explain this step by step, but hey, I took the pictures!  Toast your bread, spread the almond butter on top, then the coconut flakes.

Sidenote:  If you don’t have a toast-r-oven, GET ONE.  I use it for EVERYTHING.

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Boom, boom, boom and were ready to eat once the fruit is piled on top.  What variation of this toast would you make?

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Comments

  1. I love the colors on this toast :) Gotta love a fresh fruit!

  2. I love so many things about this post! First how awesome is it that you were able to help your co-worker, and in turn inspire yourself?! I also love enjoying fruit in this way and adding coconut to the toast. This is such a great quick breakfast idea.

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