Coming from a traditional Latin household you would think it was something we regularly had but it wasn’t. Yes my mother used avocado to make dishes but it wasn’t something I became a huge fan until late on in life. Particularly in my pursuit of living a healthier lifestyle. I found that not only are avocados a great source of vitamins, fibers, but it even has a little protein (2 grams), they have no cholesterol, no sodium and are low in saturated fats. In fact they are “good fats” that leave you glowing not to mention they promote healthy heart health and basic body functions. The benefits are endless, but lets get back to why they are so awesome. I found that you can use avocados to substitute many unhealthy foods like mayo, sour cream, butter, oil and even eggs. I personally use them to makes things creamy (to substitute for) mayo, sour cream and I love them in some of my smoothie recipes (they give them a creamy taste) from my book 5 Day Smoothie Slimdown I also eat more vegan (over meat based meals), plant based foods, and pescatarian meals for quite sometimes now. Avocados have made my “eat more greens” journey delightful!
Enough of my avocado adoration. lol Let’s get to these delicious little avocado bites. These are super easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of time and you can make a variety of tasty recipes. I make mine with hummus and without.
INGREDIENTS (2 people)
- 1-2 large, ripe avocados
- Sea salt
- Ground pepper
- Cilantro (just a few leafs necessary)
- Plain hummus (brand I use is Sabra OR Tribe)
- Tomatoes on a vine (doesn’t have to be a on a vine I just love them that way – 1 medium for the guac – 1 for garnish)
- Red onion
- 1 large lemon
- 4 slices of Eureka Organic Seeds The Day Wheat Bread (they sell them everywhere find info HERE)
- Coconut oil spray (you don’t need it if you have a non stick cookie sheet)
- Balsamic vinegar (I use the Trader Joe’s brand)
HOW TO PREPARE
Make your toast bites last because they bake FAST! Guac recipe is super easy. Wash your avocados, cut them, take the seed out (set aside 1 seed throw away the other) put the avocado in a bowl. Dice 1 medium tomato, dice your cilantro, dice a tiny handful of red onion or to your liking, add all contents into a bowl with your avocado, add a pinch of sea salt to taste, a grind or two of ground pepper. Now mash them up into a medium chunky consistency. Once mashed up, add the avocado seed you set aside in the bowl and put it in the refrigerator until the toast is ready. If you want to make your avocado toasts like my photo set aside a a few diced tomatoes.
Cut your bread into as small or as large as you like squares or rectangles. Heat your oven at 350. Add the toasts (spread them out do not add them directly next to each other) on a non stick cookie sheet made for baking, if it is not non stick add cooking spray so they don’t stick. Bake 1 1/2 minute son each side or until it toasts to your liking. Depending on your ovens capacity they may need 2 minutes on each side. PLEASE WATCH THEM! You don’t want burnt toast, unless that’s your style. Nor do you want to burn your house down OH-EM-GEE!!!
Take your toasts out of the oven, let cool for 1-2 minutes. While cooling (if you want to add tomato slices to your dish like I did) simple wash and slice a tomato into medium-thin slices and add them to your plate with a little hummus over it and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to top it off. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ADD HUMMUS, REMOVE IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT. Adding too much vinegar will make them too sour and will seep into your toast bites and make them a soggy mess! Now bring out your guac! Smear as much as you like on your toast, and add a few tomatoes over the top. I don’t add the vinegar to them because it makes the toast soggy. And thats it! Pair it with a glass or red or white wine and ENJOY 🙂