Americans are spending a whopping $900,000 per month on the health world’s latest food craze, avocado toast, according to Square. Based on data from hundreds of Square sellers, the average cost was found to be $6.78, with the cheapest avocado toast going for $2 a pop — the most expensive, $18. The average price was highest in sunny Los Angeles, coming in at $8.50, with the lowest in D.C., for a humble $4.
While some experts have used the trendy toast as a symbol “of millennial irresponsibility and excess,” a sudden spike in recipes from Pinterest to Instagram and beyond proves that the love for this new breakfast favorite isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Here are 5 (affordable) recipes that’ll change the way you look at the first meal of the day.
2 slices bread (wheat, whole-grain, seeded, or muesli), toasted
½ ripe avocado (see notes for tips)
1 – 2 tablespoon vegan parmesan
Pinch red pepper flake (optional)
Toast bread in the oven or toaster. Top with ripe avocado and use a fork to smash. Top with vegan parmesan cheese and (optional) red pepper flake. Eat, repeat, enjoy!
My notes: My two-favorite gluten-free breads are Udi’s Whole Grain Bread, and a Portland brand called New Cascadia (which is dairy- and egg-free)! To keep your avocados in perfect ripeness, buy when nearly ripe. When ripened (soft to the touch), slice and use. Then store leftovers in a plastic bag with the pit still intact. It should stay in the refrigerator for 2-4 days! Slice off any brown edges before use.