If you’ve been out to breakfast or brunch these days, you’ve likely run into bacon avocado toast, but this bacon avocado toast is better than what you can get at a restaurant.
I love an easy breakfast that can be eaten early in the morning or even for brunch – from mini ham and cheese quiche to egg and cheese hash brown waffles. But what about some toast with mashed avocado?
When did avocado toast become a thing? I did some searching and found an article from the Washington Post. While it’s been around for much longer than I imagined, they believe Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook started it.
Looking at Google Trends, it does seem to coincide. So if you’re like us and have started seeing avocado toast everywhere, you can thank Paltrow!
So why am I sharing this avocado toast recipe today? Because Lauren is obsessed with it! If she sees it on the menu, more than likely she will be ordering it. Just like me with chicken and waffles!
We’ve had our share of avocado toast over the years, but to me, the best is the simplest with just avocado, some bacon, and maybe some fresh tomatoes.
If you haven’t had bacon avocado toast at this point, then I recommend going out immediately and getting the ingredients to make this toast with avocado bacon and tomatoes. As Lauren said, this is restaurant quality!
What is Avocado Toast?
Avocado toast, in its simplest form, is bread toasted and topped with either mashed or sliced avocado. But many people will add toppings like eggs, fruits, vegetables, seasonings, and more.
It’s become a popular breakfast and brunch item, enjoyed both at home and at restaurants.
As public nutrition messaging has begun to embrace dietary fat in recent years — especially fat derived from plant-based sources like avocado — avocado toast has become a favorite among health and fitness enthusiasts. I have also written an article on The Best Salmon Avocado Toast Fantastic For You.
Bacon Avocado Toast Recipe Ingredients
- Italian bread – any crusty bread will work.
- Bacon – I like to use thick-cut bacon.
- Avocado – the star of the meal.
- Lime – keeps the avocado from turning brown.
- Garlic – adds some extra flavor but can be omitted.
- Cherry tomatoes – can use any type of tomato you like.
- Cilantro – adds some freshness but can be omitted.
- Salt and black pepper – enhance the flavor.
Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the bacon on top. Bake for 20 minutes at 400°F or until crispy. Remove and place bacon on a paper-lined plate. Reserve bacon grease.
Mash the avocado with some salt and pepper in a medium bowl and add juice from ½ a lime. Adjust seasoning if needed.
Add 1 tablespoon of bacon grease to a large skillet over medium heat. Toast eh bread for 2-3 minutes and then flip and toast for another 2-3 minutes, adding some more bacon grease in between.
Spread about ½ cup of the mashed avocado on each slice of toast and add some tomatoes, cilantro, and bacon.
Bacon Avocado Toast Variations
The opportunities are boundless when it comes to avocado toast. The base is good quality bread and avocado, but there are so many different things that you can put on top. Some include:
- Fried egg
- Black bean and salsa
- Smoked salmon
- Tomato basil
- Arugula and goat cheese
Bacon Avocado Toast Recipe Notes
Cook the bacon in the oven as you get crispy bacon which is perfect for this avocado toast recipe.
Cook the bread in the reserved bacon fat to add flavor.
Use quality bread that is crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside.
Bacon Avocado Toast Offers Monounsaturated Fats
A half-cup of an avocado provides 11 grams of monounsaturated fats. This type of fat has been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and lower levels of inflammation.
Monounsaturated fats may also improve blood sugar management and other health outcomes in people with type 2 diabetes.
Avocado Toast is an Excellent Source of Fiber
People often think of avocados only as a good source of fat, but a 1/2 cup of fruit also provides 8 grams of fiber, which is about 30% of the Reference Daily Intake.
When paired with whole-grain bread, the fiber count increases even more.
Fiber slows digestion, helping you feel full longer. It’s also linked to numerous positive health outcomes, as it plays an important role in gut health and can promote healthy digestion.
Bacon Avocado Toast- Provides Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants
Avocado is an excellent source of B vitamins, folate, vitamin K, and vitamin E. It’s also a good source of magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C.
It contains a variety of phytonutrients, including tocopherols, carotenoids, phenolics, and phytosterols. These antioxidants are linked to heart health, eye health, and skin health.
Whole grain bread also contains B vitamins and may contain minerals like zinc, iron, and magnesium. You can get more from this video.
Is Bacon Avocado Toast Good For Weight Loss?
Avocado toast can be part of a weight loss plan.
Eating avocados has been linked with lower body weight, lower body mass index (BMI), and a smaller waist circumference.
Some small studies have shown that consuming an avocado every day may lead to weight loss. It’s important to note, though, that much of the research in this area is funded by the Hass Avocado Board, so there’s potential for bias in these reports.
Remember that weight loss isn’t caused or stymied by specific foods, but replacing certain foods with others — like using avocado on your toast instead of pork bacon, which is high in saturated fat, for example — may help support that goal.
Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fats and fiber, two nutrients that have been noted for their roles in aiding weight loss.
In addition, diets high in monounsaturated fat, such as the Mediterranean diet, are linked to lower body weight.
A review of several studies suggests that fat, especially poly- and monounsaturated fats, can increase feelings of fullness as well as reduce the release of hunger hormones in the body, which may contribute to weight loss.
If weight loss is your goal, you may want to choose whole-grain bread and consider adding a protein source like an egg to your toast. It’ll help keep you full.
If you’ve tried this bacon avocado toast or any other recipe, please let me know how it turned out in the comments below!
Avocados are full of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and fiber. Avocados are also considered brain food, so having avocado toast occasionally for breakfast can help you improve your brain health.
They are rich in a good kind of fat (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) as well as high in vitamin C and vitamin B-6. Avocados are also a good source of protein.
So, bacon and eggs really can be a healthy breakfast option, if eaten in moderation. More often than not, try to skip the bacon.