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Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated. Unless, of course, we want breakfast to be complicated.
My favorite breakfast has remained the same since I was a kid: toast and nut butter (peanut butter, to be specific). As a kid, my dad would top peanut butter toast with sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey–the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
Last month, I started making bread again. But not just any bread. Sourdough bread, to be exact. Making sourdough bread at home is definitely a labor of love–it requires time and patience–but I’ve learned to embrace it and love every step of the process. I’ve also worked on simplifying the sourdough process, and I’m excited to share my approach in an upcoming post (coming to the blog at the end of August!).
Day old sourdough makes the best toast. So naturally, between my love for nut butter toast and a happy sourdough starter–that’s regularly turned into crusty homemade bread–we’ve been enjoying a lot of toast for breakfast.
Bananas are usually my topping choice (#childhoodtradition) for nut butter toast, but lately I’ve been branching out to other topping choices. Maybe I feel like homemade sourdough needs to be honored beyond just the typical sliced banana topping. I’ve been trying to embrace the seasons and my toast at the same time. Can you guess my latest toast obsession?
Cherries, when they’re soaked in a small amount of honey and vanilla extract, release their natural juices (much like strawberries), turning the little summer gems into juicy, soft fruits. The soft cherries are wonderful toppings for ice cream, yogurt, and toast. When the soft cherries are paired with nut butter, hemp seeds (tiny and crunchy), and day-old, toasted sourdough (or any bread you’d like) the end result is the tastiest, simplest summer breakfast.
I usually serve this toast alongside green smoothies or hardboiled eggs. The toast (with the nut butter, cherries, and hemp seeds) is hearty and nourishing enough to serve on its own, too.
Honey-Cherries and Nut Butter Toast
A simple, seasonal toast featuring fresh, honey-marinated cherries and classic nut butter.
- 1 cup cherries dark, sweet cherries are best--the red variety
- 1 tsp honey or organic cane sugar
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Assemble the Toast:
- 1 slice bread toasted
- 2 TB nut butter such as: peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter
- honey cherries recipe above
- 1-2 tsp hemp seeds
Pit the cherries and cut them in half. I use a metal straw, pushed through the center of each cherry, to remove the pit.
In a small bowl or mason jar, stir together the halved cherries, honey, and vanilla extract.
Place a top on the bowl/jar. Set the bowl/jar in the fridge to rest overnight (at least a couple of hours). The sweetener will cause the cherries to release their natural juices.
Assemble the Toast:
Top the toast with nut butter and cherries (about 1/8 cup per large slice of toast, or desired amount). Sprinkle the hemps seeds over the top of the cherries.
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