A Little Word on Mini Toast

The New Bite
What A Perfect Bite Looks Like

Taking the all-American breakfast and shrinking it down into one little bite.

My latest discovery is the unrealistically cute mini toast, from Trader Joe’s.  At only 40 calories for 5 mini toasts, I’ve made it my mission to find all the different ways to serve up this snack.

Pictured above is the bite-sized breakfast I put together with my roommate today.  That’s real egg whites, real cheddar cheese and real applewood smoked bacon. I’ll admit, being a vegetarian I had to remove the bacon after photographing our creation.  But I spent the rest of the night arranging a number of different scaled-down treats to serve up on mini toast.

An quintet of scaled-down snacks.

The bottom left is one of my favorite flavor combinations to this day, the classic union of Fruit and Cheese.

o My mini toast variation on The Thinking Cup’s goat cheese, arugula and apricot jam sandwich.  This mini toast is topped with Stonewall Kitchen’s Peach Pomegranate Jam, a smear of Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss, and a slice of peach to finnish. An arugula leaf would work perfectly here, too.  Estimated calories: 30

Moving on to the top left, a nod to the Classic Cheese Pizza.

o By topping the toast with some of Trader Joe’s Traditional Marinara Sauce, Trader Joe’s Fat Free Crumbled Feta, and a pinch of fat-free mild shredded cheddar, I was able to recreate the traditional flavors of cheese pizza after popping the mini-slice in the oven for 15 seconds. Estimated calories: 15

Top and center, The Vegetarian Elvis Sandwich, deconstructed and miniaturized.

o Okay, so there’s no bacon to begin with. But I turned this childhood favorite into a sweet little bite by knocking off the guilt and sprinkling the toast with a touch of brown sugar, instead of bacon bits. If you’re a carnivore, I encourage you to switch it up with the latter.

This bite was as easy to make as it gets.  A little spread of Jif Reduced Fat Peanut Butter, a single medallion of fresh banana and a brown sugar garnish.  I imagine this mini toast would also be delicious after a few seconds orbiting around the microwave, too. Estimated calories: 40

In the top right, another miniature dessert, somewhere between a slice of pie and Apple Cider Tea and Honey.

o After spreading a little Trader Joe’s Honey Apple Butter on the mini toast, I added a slice of gala apple and a little sprinkle of ground cinnamon.  The crunch of the apple is a nice textural contrast to the super-smooth butter. Estimated calories: 20

And finally, in the bottom right corner, if Pumpkin Nut Bread were a mini-toast.

o  I recently ran out of my Williams-Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Butter, and it’s seasonal.  In order to fill my craving for the stuff, my roommate and I whipped up a very basic, low-sugar pumpkin butter (more on that later!) which I used in this treat.

This mini toast is a layer of pumpkin butter, a drop of Maple Grove Farms Vermont Sugar Free Maple Syrup, and a single crushed cashew.  Estimated calories: 35

Any ideas for future mini-toast platters? I’d love to hear them! And if any of these worked for you, I’d love to know that too!

Off to find another little bite,



One thought on “A Little Word on Mini Toast

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s