If you haven’t tried Avocado Toast yet I have to tell you you’re missing out! I didn’t get the whole craze of it until I finally decided to try it for myself, and I can’t get enough of it. If you follow me on instagram, then you know how much I love this snack. I usually have my avocado mash mixture on rice cakes, but this week I decided to try it on baked eggplant rounds. It turned out hearty and delicious and so filling!
In the recent cooking series I produced with the Detoxinista, she featured her eggplant pizzas in the healthy snacks video. When you bake eggplant without anything on it (no oils or marinades) it develops a bread-like texture.
Since Avocado toast is usually on bread, why wouldn’t it be good on eggplant too, right? I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy eggplant, and this is definitely in my top three with this recipe being first.
You can use any seasonings you’d like in the avocado mash mixture. I’ve tested a few different variations and this one has been my favorite. I add turmeric powder for even more health benefits. Sometimes I’ll mix in some white beans like garbanzo beans for extra protein.
For a quick snack, double the batch and keep it in the fridge. It’s great for those times when you want something to eat fast because you’re starving. It takes less than a minute to spread it on rice cakes.
I also like topping mine with tomato and a little more nutritional yeast, especially when I have it on these eggplant rounds. The combination is just so good. Nutritional yeast gives it a nice cheesy flavor plus it’s a great source of B vitamins.
Eggplants are in season in the fall and there are so many reasons to eat it. These purple beauties are actually considered a brain food as studies have shown they contain phytonutrients that protect brain cells. They also help regulate the digestive system and rid the body of free radicals so basically this is a detoxifying snack! I love having this in the middle of the day because it also boosts my energy levels. How do you like your avocado toast?
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Preheat oven to 350.
Cut eggplant into rounds. Place on baking sheet covered with parchment and bake for 20 min. Make sure to keep an eye after 12 minutes. Depending on size and oven heat they could bake faster. They'll brown a little. You just don't want them to burn.
While they are baking, make the avocado mash using a fork to mix all of the seasonings and avocado together.
When the Eggplants are done baking, allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
Once cool, spread avocado mash, top with tomato and nutritional yeast.
BENEFITS OF THE RECIPE:
- Contains loads of anti-aging properties
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Full of vitamins, minerals and fiber
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Boosts mood and energy levels