Has this ever happened to you? I woke up one cold January morning and I swear I could smell cinnamon toast. Considering no one was up, it would be impossible. Maybe I was seeking some sort of comfort food as I took the dogs out for their morning walk? It’s the first thing I do because my dogs, and I say this with love, ‘demand it’.
Every morning starts out the same way. Usually, around 7:15 am my youngest black lab, Mia intentionally wander around the bedroom which wakes up my senior black lab, Stanley, who I’m sure is deaf. Once Stanley is up there is no other option but to let him out into the backyard so he can have his morning pee. While that’s happening, in my sleepy stupor, I walk into the kitchen and fill up their bowls with dog food. Stanley then wanders into the kitchen and they both eat. Within a couple of minutes, I have them strapped up and we head into the back behind the house and we walk, sniff, and get business done.
The whole time this is happening I start thinking about cinnamon toast. I honestly don’t think I ever had cinnamon toast and, if I have, I have obviously forgotten. We settle back inside the house with happy dogs, I open my iPad and look for cinnamon toast recipes. The first I see is from the Pioneer Woman, she has a very funny post about ‘how to make and how not to make’ cinnamon toast. Her recipe, of course, consists of using a lot of butter and sugar which gets me thinking how can I make this taste amazing, vegan and decently good for you.
I start to break the recipe down. What can I replace the butter with? How about almond butter? It should work great. I just need to make sure the consistency of the almond butter is soft and spreadable.
Next, she calls for 1 cup sugar. Yikes, that is a lot of sugar that I don’t want. Granted her recipe is for 16 slices of bread, but still. I don’t need anyone becoming a diabetic over cinnamon toast. So what to replace the sugar with? Date paste! I have lots of dates in my pantry so let’s use that.
The butter and sugar are the two ingredients that needed replacing and I think almond butter and date paste is the perfect replacement and they add a ton of flavour, pairing beautifully with cinnamon.
Now I’m feeling pretty excited about this! I didn’t have any almond butter in the pantry but have raw almonds in the freezer so I take a cup of almonds and give them a quick toast in my toaster oven. Then I pit six dates and put them into some hot water to soften. While the dates are soaking I put the toasty almonds into my blender which has a nut butter option and does a great job. It only takes about 5 minutes to make a very smooth and silky almond butter. Just don’t do what I did and stick your finger in the butter as soon as you take it out of the blender. That shit is very hot and I burnt my finger. Ouch!
Now that the almond butter is ready and cooling down a bit I add the soaked dates to the blender with less than 1/4 cup of water and blend it up until it’s smooth. Ta-da, date paste is super easy to make.
I start to assemble all the ingredients on the counter to make one slice of cinnamon toast. In a bowl, I add 2 tablespoon almond butter, 1 tablespoon date past, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla extract and the teeny tiniest pinch of salt. I gave it a good stir to combine it all into a beautiful dark brown colour. After a small taste, I’m feeling this is going to work great.
I have a loaf of Silver Hills’ The Big 16 bread in my fridge and take one slice and add a pretty thick layer of the cinnamon mixture onto the bread and then pop it into my toaster oven set at 350 degrees for just a few minutes.
Once the bread is all toasty I take it out of the toaster oven and immediately take a big bite. You know that moment when you can’t wait to taste something you’ve been craving and then the magical moment happens and you just freeze. Savouring each bite, it’s like time stood still for just a minute.
Almonds, dates and of course cinnamon come together to create this healthier version of cinnamon toast.
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp date paste
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- tiny pinch salt
- 1 slice favourite bread
Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees.
Add the almond butter and date paste to a small bowl and stir well.
Next add the cinnamon, vanilla, and pinch of salt and stir again. Try a small taste and add more cinnamon, vanilla or salt if you like.
Using a knife or spoon add a thick layer of the mixture to your piece of bread ensuring you reach the edges. You want every bite to have that delicious cinnamon taste.
Put the coated bread on a baking sheet and place in your oven for approximately 5 minutes, until the bread is toasty. Remove from the oven, slice toast and enjoy.
Almond butter works great but I’m sure cashew butter or peanut butter would be just as tasty!
If you are ever craving cinnamon toast and don’t want to feel guilty about indulging this is a recipe to try. Who knew waking up with a cinnamon toast craving would turn out so good!
Looking for other breakfast ideas? Try my Basic Banana Muffins!