Highly processed breads are being avoided by more and more people and for great reason. Being so heavily refined, and with almost zero health benefits, people are making the choice to use more nutrient dense whole foods in their lifestyle instead, and reaping the benefits of nourishing fats, quality plant protein and tasty options. 

The Midnight Baker has shaken the system and has been sending her amazing loaf of seed and nut bread around Auckland and even opened her own cafe where her perfect toast is on the menu in so many stunning ways. Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free is totally the new black. 

If you are not in Auckland and have to make your own then you can find a great recipe here I created with inspiration from other seed loving nutritionists, and below I look at a sweet and savoury option you can choose to top yours with. 

 

For the savoury lover - Miso, avocado and edemame smash with chargrilled broccoli

This is undeniably one of my favourite combinations. It works perfectly at any meal of the day and you can even add your own hand-smoked bacon or a poached egg if you eat either. A great calcium source with the almonds in the loaf and black sesame on top, and of course a fantastic protein and fibre source to keep healthy muscle tone and digestive health optimal. 

 

Recipe per piece/per person

1/2 avocado
1/4 cup edemame beans, cooked
1 tsp organic miso paste
2 broccoli florets, sliced
1 tbl olive or coconut oil
1 tsp black sesame seeds
Kelp salt and pepper to taste

Mash the avocado, miso and edemame beans until combined and then spread across toasted bread. Pan fry the broccoli in oil for 1-2 minutes each side and then place on top. Finally, sprinkle the seeds, salt and pepper and enjoy. 

For the sweet lover - Nut butter, banana, coconut yoghurt with fresh cherries

If your loved ones can't resist a sweet treat then making them this is going to be guilt-free and actually incredibly healthy. Probiotic coconut yoghurt keeps this vegan but you're welcome to use your favourite yoghurt brand, or even add a little maple to top it off. Still a great source of essential fats for hormone health and of course with great fibre and protein to keep you full for longer, this is a great dish for breakfast or afternoon tea. 

Recipe per piece/per person

2 tbl peanut or almond butter
1/2 banana, sliced
2 tbl probiotic yoghurt (we used Raglan's blackcurrant and vanilla coconut yoghurt)
2 brazil nuts, sliced
Optional pure maple to top
2 fresh cherries if in season (or any berry)

Spread the nut butter of your choice onto the bread, then top with banana, yoghurt, nuts and finally maple and cherries. I served this one with a side of homemade almond milk. Delicious!