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Avocado Toast Upgrades Using Pantry Staples

Avocado toast is one of the most popular food trends in the 2010s. It’s on the menu of every brunch place and social media posts of all A-list celebrities – and for a good reason. Full of healthy fats and potassium, avocados are good for you, your diet, and your heart. Even Fil-Am actress Vanessa Hudgens swears by eating one avocado a day to keep the calories away!

A common way to dress up an avo toast is with a fried egg. But if you want to surprise your family with exciting alternatives, try these easy avocado recipes. The best part? They use staples you already have in your kitchen!

Exciting Avocado Toast Toppings

A slice of toast topped with mashed avocado and a halved soft-boiled egg on a wooden board next to more avocados

Make your usual avocado toast recipe more exciting with these topping suggestions. But a reminder before assembly: Toast your bread well. Nothing beats that contrast between the crunchy bread and the soft avocado.


Yes, even Kylie Jenner loves a good toast. She keeps her go-to recipe simple but adds a special secret ingredient: honey! Mash your avocado with some salt, then spread on toast. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and finish with a drizzle of honey. The sweet-spicy-salty combo livens up a plain toast in an instant. 

Canned Tuna

Two slices of bread topped with mashed avocado, canned tuna, and diced red onions on a black board

A quick way to boost the protein content of your toast is with some canned tuna. Prepare your bread and avocado as usual. Finish by topping your toast with tuna straight out of the can. Even flavored variants would work well here; think hot and spicy or calamansi. If you like, add some diced onions for extra color and flavor. 


A slice of toast topped with mashed avocado and grilled mushrooms garnished with chop parsley on a wooden board

Mushrooms are another great ingredient to add to any avocado toast recipe. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this version as the ‘shrooms offer satisfaction sans that heavy filling after. Even vegans can try this suggestion! Grill canned or fresh mushrooms in a pan with some oil and salt. For an extra kick of flavor, add a few splashes of Knorr Liquid Seasoning. Cook them just until soft, then serve on top of your prepared toast with mashed or sliced avocados. 

Bonus: Meghan Markle’s version

She may never be the queen of England, but the chika is that her friends call her the queen of avo toast. To make her version, mash up some avocado with feta cheese, chili flakes, lemon juice, and salt. Spread mixture on toast and top with peeled butong kalabasa for extra crunch. 

Fun Toast Twists

Sliced bread can get boring. Here are fun options you can use as a base for your avocado. Promise, they’re more exciting than just a piece of toast. 


Breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, avocado slices, meat, and rice on a white plate

Use a wrap instead of a slice of bread, and make a breakfast burrito instead! Lay your wrap on a plate, then arrange the rice, scrambled eggs, avocados (mashed or sliced), and your preferred breakfast meat (longganisa, tapa, or tocino). Wrap and roll into a log, and that's it! The creamy avocado balances the richness of typical Pinoy fare. You can also apply the same concept to tacos or pita pockets.


If you don’t have any sliced bread at home, there’s a good chance you have pandesal. And if you do, try this alternative avocado toast recipe with pandesal and kesong puti stat. Cut pandesal in half, toast lightly, and set aside. Slice cheese and marinate in some Knorr Liquid Seasoning. After about an hour, separate and pour the leftover liquid into a pan, then reduce over low heat. Add kesong puti and cook until it starts to melt. Spread cheese on prepared pandesal and top with thin avocado slices. Enjoy!

Hash browns

Crispy on the outside and pillowy inside, hash browns can substitute for bread, too. Want to make your own? Grate potatoes and form them into your desired shape using flour and eggs. If you like them crispy, keep your patties thin. Fry until golden brown and drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil. While they cool, mash your avocado with some salt. Spread over golden hash browns and serve.

Whether you experiment with different toppings or types of bread, there are many ways to upgrade an avocado toast. Next time you make it, try something new and claim that crown to be the next queen. Sorry, Meghan!

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