There’s nothing quite like a good slice of sourdough toast. I’m sharing some game-changing vegan toast toppings that pair well with some delicious sourdough bread. Whether you like sweet or savory, they will sure to be a treat for you.
Vegan toasts are so popular right now and rightly so as they are too simple to make and are absolutely delicious. With near endless toppings to choose from, they can be made perfect for any meal time, including dessert. But great toppings deserve some good bread. That’s where sourdough comes in.
Let’s talk sourdough
Truly, you can use any type of bread to make toast but I do recommend picking up a good quality sourdough loaf. This is not the commercial type you get from your supermarket bakery. If it contains dough conditioners, preservatives or even a label at all then it’s not exactly the real deal.
I usually find them at a family-run business that focuses on traditional methods of bread making. Personally, commercial breads made with conditioners and preservatives are harder for me to digest. I tend to get mild stomach cramps so I try to avoid them as much as possible.
Real sourdough bread is made from simple ingredients: flour, water, sourdough starter (wild yeast), salt and that’s it! This makes basic sourdough bread naturally vegan.
Sourdough is made by fermenting naturally-occurring yeasts in flour which pre-digests the starches. This final process of bread-making yields a hearty loaf that’s crusty on the outside and soft with a pleasant tanginess on the inside. This makes sourdough perfect for piling on toppings, as you’ll see later, without worrying about the bread breaking or becoming soggy too easily. Although it’s not necessary, I like to toast up some slices for extra crunchiness.
Tasty vegan toast toppings for sourdough bread
This one has become a classic. Avocado toast is very popular these days and is being offered on more restaurant breakfast and brunch menus. Plus avocados are delicious on sourdough. Here I lightly seasoned it with salt, black pepper and paprika, with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil for additional flavour. This was served on a flavourful rosemary-rye toast.
2. Mushrooms with Caramelized Onions
Give your toast a gourmet spin with the rich umami flavours of mushrooms and sweet caramelised onions. Brown 3-4 sliced mushrooms in a pan and add your favourite steak seasoning. My go-tos are McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning and Braggs Liquid Aminos. I love how they enhance the “meaty” flavours of mushrooms. Once mushrooms are browned, remove from pan then add a sliced onion. Brown onions on low heat, then add 1 to 2 tsps sugar or maple syrup and 2 tsps water. Cook for 5 to 8 mins until onions are soft and caramelized.
3. Roasted Tomatoes and Kale
Roasting tomatoes gives them a more intense, concentrated flavour, perfect for topping sourdough. Slice cherry tomatoes in half, place on a baking tray and season with minced garlic, mixed Italian herbs, salt, black pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 15 to 20 mins at 350F.
4. Hummus and Avocado
For a little extra protein boost and creaminess on your avo-toast, add some hummus! I’ve also included some lovely and nutritious red cabbage sprouts for a fancier touch.
5. Fried Ripe Plantains with Chipotle-spiced Avocado
This is one of my favourite combination of toppings for sourdough toast! Delicious caramel-like sweetness from the ripe plantains, creaminess from the avocado with a smoky-spicy kick from ground chipotle.
Got leftovers? Put them on some sourdough bread! This was topped with some leftover Vegan Lentil Stew, avocado, mushrooms and caramelized onions for a quick and filling protein lunch.
7. Sweet or Savory
Can’t decide between a sweet or savory toast? How about both! The toast on the right is similar to the first avocado toast except with added nutritional yeast flakes for slight cheesy taste. However, the one on the left is just as good. It’s topped with sprouted pumpkin seed butter, grated dark chocolate and cinnamon.
I love pumpkin seed butter! It’s has a nutty, earthy taste and is high in zinc or protein. It’s also great alternative for persons with nut allergies. And being made from sprouted pumpkin seeds gives it a boost in the nutritional benefits while making it easier to digest.
8. Smashed Avocado, Tofu scramble and Fried Plantains
Clearly I can’t get enough avocado. It really makes the perfect spread for a savory toast. It’s one of my favourite ways to eat sourdough. But it’s that humongous serving of tofu scramble and perfectly fried ripe plantains that really takes this toast to the next level.
Holding this all together would have been challenging without that hearty sourdough. This is the kind of vegan toast you’ll want to have as a high protein breakfast, lunch or even dinner. Speaking of tofu scramble, I have the perfect recipe for it that I shared recently. Click here to check it out.
There you have it! Go forth and eat sourdough toasts!
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