Saturday, January 2, 2016

Toast with Pear and Honey-Walnut (& Pecan) Yogurt Spread

An easy to eat breakfast is nice to have on hand for either running out the door, or to enjoy in one hand with a book in the other. This Toast with Honey-Walnut Spread is a nice combination of warm and cool, crunchy and creamy, tart and sweet.

I made a couple small changes to the recipe, noted in red below--using cranberry-walnut bread instead of the cinnamon raisin called for in the recipe, using a mix of walnuts and pecans, and sprinkling ground cinnamon on top.

Toast with Honey-Walnut Spread
Adapted from So Easy by Ellie Krieger
(Makes 4 Servings)

1/2 cup walnut pieces (I used walnuts & pecans)
1/2 cup plain Greek-style nonfat yogurt
2 tsp honey
8 slices cinnamon raisin bread (I used cranberry-walnut bread)
1 peach, apple, or pear (I used a pear), pitted and/or cored
(I added ground cinnamon on top)

Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Allow them to cool slightly, then chop them finely.

In a small bowl, add the chopped walnuts to the yogurt and honey and stir until well combined. The spread will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Just stir well before using.

When ready to serve, toast the bread and cut the fruit into 1/4-inch slices. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the walnut spread onto each piece of the bread. Top each piece with a few slices of fruit. Eat immediately. 

Notes/Results: A quick and simple recipe for a healthy spread for toast. The protein in the Greek yogurt and the nuts make it a satisfying way to start the day, or a slice makes a great afternoon snack with a cup of tea. I liked the extra tang from the dried cranberries in the bread I used--although the cinnamon and raisin Ellie uses would also be delicious. Because I didn't have quite enough walnuts, I mixed in some pecans and I enjoyed the contrast in textures. I will happily make it again.

This week's I Heart Cooking Clubs theme is It's In Your Hands--Ellie Krieger recipes that you can hold/eat with your hands. You can see what handheld creations everyone made by checking out the picture links on the post. 



  1. This recipe, simple as it is, always stands out to me when I'm paging through So Easy. I always think it looks delicious and yet I never get around to it. I always envision it with pears in place of peaches and I'm happy to see you using them! Looks delicious, and even better with a good book in hand:) Happy New Year, Deb!

  2. Wow Deb, this is really my kind of breakfast. Excellent choice! :D

  3. All the healthy and nourishing food on a toast. I won't have thought about this delicious combination. Good idea!

  4. A lovely and healthy breakfast! I like the Greek yoghurt in there!


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