With transitioning to vegan, I’ve learnt that it’s extremely easy to slip back into old eating habits. Particularly as I don’t know lots of simple, vegan dishes, it’s hard to constantly think and give myself the time to make the vegan meals I do know of.
I spend a lot of my time going online and searching for easy vegan recipes to recreate. Recently I’ve come across a lot of healthy toast recipes which are simple to follow, include only a few, easy-to-access ingredients. The first is a savoury topping and the second, a sweet option.
1. Spicy Beans On Toast
This is probably one of the tastiest vegan recipes I’ve made and is taken from lots of different ones from various vegan bloggers. It involves my favourite ingredients featured in my vegan pinwheels recipe.
- 1 -2 slices of wholegrain bread
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 1/2 can of baked beans – with reduced salt and sugar if you can
- 1 handful of spinach leaves
- 1/2 red onion finely diced
- 1 pinch of ginger
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- fry light spray (coconut is my favourite)
- sunflower butter (or a non-vegan alternative)
- Fry the onion in a pan using fry light spray or similar.
- Add in the garlic and spices and reduce the heat. You can pop a splash of water if the spices start to stick and go clumpy.
Tip: You might want to chop the spinach leaves finely and add these here as well if you’re not a fan of them in full size and uncooked.
- Once the pan has cooled slightly pour in the beans. (By lowering the temperature first, it’ll help to stop the beans from sizzling/overcooking when you add them to the pan.)
- Mix together and gently heat through.
- Whilst letting the beans heat, pop the toast in the toaster (or the grill, whichever you prefer) and cook to your preference.
- Butter toast the sunflower butter (or another non-vegan butter) and add beans and the handful of spinach leaves if you haven’t added these earlier.
2. Banana, Chia & Chocolate Toast
This recipe is one for those with a sweet tooth. Although I used to think banana and toast was a no-go, I’m opening my food palette to more foods and I’ve since become a lover of the two together. Plus, I hate peanut butter which most people have on toast yet love dark chocolate.
- 1 slice of wholegrain bread
- 1/2 a banana in slices
- 1 tbsp almond butter (you can also use normal almonds and blend these to a buttery-paste)
- 1 tsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp dark chocolate chip buttons (vegan)
Tip: If you’re wanting to keep it simple and use a chocolate spread, I like the Biona spread and the So Free spread. These are both great alternatives for creating your own. If you choose to use one of these, ditch the almond butter and cacao powder.
- Mix the almond butter with cacao powder to create a chocolatey, almond paste. This will act as your butter.
- Toast your wholegrain bread and spread the almond butter over it.
- Chop 1/2 a medium banana (or more) into thin slices.
- Layer onto the toast, sprinkle the tsp of chia seeds over it and add the chocolate chips.
- Serve and enjoy!
Which are you? Savoury or sweet?