“Toast Bar” – An Easy Non-Cereal Breakfast

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 7, 2011

I always give cold cereal such a hard time.  It doesn’t really deserve, in some ways.  But in other ways, it does.  Because it does get old, and every now and again the morning routine needs a little CPR.

But I have a suggestion that requires not one ounce of brain power.  Not a single ounce!

How’s this for resuscitating breakfast and not having to think about it…


That’s right.  You toast the bread. Set out any and every possible item that could be spread or sprinkled on top and let the kids (and by kids, that also includes the spouse!) decide what they’d like to have on their toast.

English muffins and bagels would totally work too!

Serve with some fruit or a smoothie and you’re set for the morning!

What’s your favorite “toast topping”?!?  Think you might try the “toast bar” to give your morning routine a little switcharoo?!

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Duffy Teague March 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

This is a great idea! We’ve also had toast with applesauce and cinnamon on it! Yum!!!


Jessica W March 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Toast with Nutella and sliced strawberries is my all-time favorite.


Karen Hiebert March 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I toast an arnold thin bread and have butter/jam and then add some egg whites for a yummy sandwhich, need to mix it up a bit. :)


Tammy Lou March 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I am definitely a toast addict and lean on it pretty heavily when I need to cut back on my food budget. Strawberry jam and whipped cream is my favorite, I also like a fried egg (with the yolk pierced) with lemon pepper and mayonnaise. Honeyville makes really good toast toppings blended with honey. I got a variety pack for Christmas and have really enjoyed the different flavors. The honey really helps my throat in the winter.


Susanne March 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

nutella, honey, or butter and cinnamon sugar are the fav’s around here. I try to limit cereal to once a week because the kiddos tend to get hungry faster on those mornings — like it doesn’t hold them ya know?


Christie March 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

We do toast (with whatever everyone wants on it) along with yogurt for breakfast often.


hairagent March 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I love the Homemade Pumpkin Apple Butter I made ….Apple orchid here has sale at end of season…BOGO free…


Joey Crossgrove March 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I like a Kraft singles melted on top. Yummmmmy!


Joe March 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I love apple butter on my toast, the rest of the family not so much. I have never tried pumpkin apple butter but that sounds good to me. Otherwise, just plain butter and jam for me.


sheila March 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I use Ezekial Bread or a cheaper gluten free version with coconut oil mixed with local honey and cinnamon–very feeling, full of good fat, b-vit. honey, and cinnamon keeps blood sugar from spiking!


Rachel March 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

That sounds good Sheila…wondering what ratios of coconut oil with honey and cinnamon you use.


EP March 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Another great, and more nutritious, breakfast bar option is an Oatmeal Bar. Whip up a big batch of oatmeal on the stove and serve with a variety of toppings like nuts, raisins/craisins, coconut, fruits (strawberries and bananas are the best!), granola, chocolate chips, brown sugar, peanut butter, and anything else you may find in your pantry. Wholeseome, warm, and good for the body, as well as a creative start to the morning!


Emily February 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Love it! Another great idea! Thanks! :)


Sandy March 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm

A favorite here is Nutella and sliced bananas. I also like egg salad on toast(raisn is great) and a slice of cheese under the broiler. Sliced peaches topped with cottage cheese is also wonderful, sprinkle some sharp cheddar on top, broil,


Sandy March 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm

On the note about oatmeal, growing up my mom always topped oatmeal with ice cream or frozen yogurt, cinnamon was the favorite but butter pecan is real good also.


Emily February 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Yum! What a treat that would be! My kids would go ballistic! I’ll have to try that!


Marianne G March 8, 2011 at 5:55 am

Good to see there are others who like apple butter, it’s one of my favorite toast toppers and so easy to make in the crockpot. Kroger had apples on sale 5#/$2.99 and this recipe makes about 6 cups. http://www.justapinch.com/recipe/homemade-apple-butter-by-gail-herbest-gaillee


LisaE March 8, 2011 at 8:01 am

We go in streaks in my house for eating toast. Our favorite toppings are Nuetelle with peanut butter and cinnamon sugar. I love English muffins with extra butter and peach jam….yum.


Annette March 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I wanted to let you know I included this post in my “Weekend Round-Up” here:


Mary February 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

Toast with peanut butter. Yummy!


Katy @ Purposely Frugal September 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

What a great idea! We like pb and bananas, nutella, butter and honey and sometimes even beans on toast. Just spread some refried beans on it and some cheese and toast in the oven until cheese melts.


Yum! Have another idea for you. November 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Peanut butter toasty man
Make your toast
Spread pb on there, take raisins make eyes , nose and mouth. Let kids be creative. They can make people. Animals, letters of there name. Pretty much anything . If you want big eyes use banana slices.


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