Mermaid Toast Gone Raw Vegan
Move over avocado toast.. Mermaid toast is the new latest Instagram craze. This inventive piece of toast, inspired by Vibrant and Pure, brings underwater magic to your mundane mornings. I was super inspired by the ombré blue color of this toast, as I love all things turquoise, and wanted to recreate it the moment I saw it. Except there’s one problem- I don’t eat bread.
You see, I follow a wheat and grain-free diet (I eat quinoa but that’s a seed.) The reason is because I feel the most energized, mentally and physically, without wheat and grains in my diet. It’s helped me overcome Candida, unstable blood sugar levels, mental fog and also keeps my body fat percentage low. I intuitively started transitioning away from it when I was a teenager and haven’t looked back. The less wheat/grains in my diet, the better I feel.
But toast= bread. And I wanted to make this toast.
Luckily, I learned how to make raw-vegan bread in culinary school and adapted it to make it sugar-free and keto in the recipe I share here.
I used that toast to make this mermaid recipe and darn, was it delicious.
Now this isn’t by any means a breakfast I’d put on my meal-plans, unless you have about 30 extra minutes to spare and want to smear around various shades of almond cream-cheese. It’s also a LOT of almonds (the bread and cream-cheese are both made of it) so it is a bit dense. Consider it a special treat or replacement for the spoons of almond butter you end up eating late a night anyways (it didn’t count if nobody’s looking, right? And it could be worse!) If you’re an almond-butter addict like I am, check out my article here on The Science Behind Why You Crave Nut-Butters (and should give in).
What gives the cream cheese this beautiful blue color is the spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s rich in protein and iron, making it a great option for those on a plant-based diet. It comes from the sea, making it also rich in trace minerals, which most of us are deficient in. I also added in some green with chlorophyll, another superfood which is incredible for detoxifying your body.
This toast is like an art project. There are no rules and you just have to let your creativity flow.
My favorite toast is the one on the bottom left topped with the blackberries. It was actually the one I did the least smearing with and I love how you can still see the white, giving it a gorgeous light sky-blue effect. If I could go back in time, I would have smeared all of them less so the white remained visible (I was just having way too much fun smearing the colors around.)
The one on the top right was also really interesting because the chlorophyll created the green effect. I topped it with fig which also has a green undertone.
The other two on the right I mixed all of the shades together so it sort of ended up just blue but if you look closely, you can see the undertones of green and white come out. I suggest not oversmearing so you don’t lose the subtly of the white and the ombre effect.
Now that you’re more excited about toast then you ever thought you’d be, here is the recipe!
- 4 slices of my raw-vegan toast or your choice other toast
- 8 tbsp almond cream cheese OR greek yogurt OR labne
- About 1 tbsp spirulina
- 2 drops chlorophyll
- Optional: 1 tsp Lakanto Powdered Sugar for sweetness (use code SAHARA for 40% off any of their products here)
- Your choice fruit: I did blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and figs
- So you have to kind of get creative while making this recipe because there are no detailed instructions. You sort of just have to feel it out and go with the mermaid flow.
- Separate the cream-cheese into four small bowls. I added about 1/2 tbsp. spirulina to one bowl, 1/4 tbsp to another bowl, and 1/8 tbsp to the third. I left the fourth bowl white. I added 2 drops chlorophyll to the bowl with 1/8 to create a kind of aqua color.
- Mix each bowl individually with separate spoons. I personally like leaving the colors a bit streaky so I didn’t mix it until it was completely blue but left the more pigmented streaks for the mermaid-y feel.
- Use an off-set spatula or butter-knife to cover the first piece of toast with white cream-cheese. Then add a streak of the light blue and swipe in a motion mimicking waves. Continue adjusting and adding various shades of blue until you get the aesthetic that you like.
- Once you’ve gotten the effect you like, sprinkle your toast with some extra spirulina for added blue-depth.
- Top with your choice fruit.
- Take a million pictures for Instagram because you just made your first mermaid toast (and maybe your last after you saw what an effort that was!)
You can replace the almond cream cheese for Greek yogurt or labne, which would definitely be more cost-effective, though it will taste differently.
You can also make it sweet, while keeping it sugar-free, by mixing some Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener into your cream-cheese/ yogurt. It’s derived from monkfruit and has no impact on your blood-sugars levels making it perfect for those tracking their sugar intake for weight-loss, health or cognitive reasons. As an ambassador for Lakanto , I’m happy to be able to offer 40% off to my Freshies for ANY Lakanto Product—just use SAHARA at checkout.
Think of this toast like a creative art project- there are no rules!
Let your imagination flow and perfectionism go!
Your cream-cheese is your paint and your toast is your canvas!