I know what you’re probably thinking… how hard is it to dump some avocado on toast?
I, too, never thought of creating a smashed avocado recipe. That was, until I made this one.
This smashed avocado is not your regular, run-of-the-mill smashed avocado on toast. This smavo (that’s smashed avocado for all you newbies) is deliciously supercharged. So, what makes my smashed avo so special?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and if so, welcome!), you’d know that smashed avo has taken the world by storm. For all you waiters, waitresses, cooks and chefs, those two words are probably the ones you see in your sleep; the ones you’ve heard over and over again. It’s eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch and even as a snack and it's one of the things that Australians do so well.
The mighty avocado is on the forefront of all our social media feeds, being used from anything from burger buns, to chocolate mousses and even avocado fries!
But, I’ve also heard that some people fear the lovely fruit, saying it’s too high in calories or fat. Is avocado actually a devil in disguise?
Absolutely not! However, just like everything in life, avocado should be enjoyed in moderation.
Avocado is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, meaning it helps boost skin health, reduces LDL cholesterol levels in the blood and can lower risk of heart disease and stroke. It’s also high in vitamin K which increases bone health and assists our absorption of calcium. Vitamin E is another strength of the avocado; an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage.
So now we're on the same avocado-loving page, let's begin with my smashed avo...
First thing’s first, we need to find the ripe avocado. When you're at the supermarket or farmers market, I recommend being that annoying person that presses all the avocados - this is a pressing matter after all! Gently squeeze your thumb into the avocado and if it gives a little, it’s the right one.
But, there’s more to smashed avo than just the avo. It takes two to tango... or should we say smavo? Avocado needs its mighty companion - the bread!
I’ve created the most perfect base for your smashed avo. It’s a simple and delicious recipe that will make you fall in loaf with smashed avo on toast. My Golden Gut Pumpkin and Nut Loaf is what you'll need. It's a gluten-free and dairy-free bread that almost tastes too good to be true. I've cooked it with pumpkin which is high in antioxidants and omega-3 rich fatty acids. It also has buckwheat flour in it which gives it a wonderfully earthy taste but keeps it gluten-free and low GI. Naturally, no golden recipe can be completed without my Golden Gut Blend. It’s an all-round winning bread recipe.
Now we’ve got the avo and toast together; one of the best duo's of all time, it’s time to supercharge this recipe with some seasonings! I've a new found obsession with garlic chips so they've made an obvious feature here. Garlic is part of the allium family and has the potential to control blood pressure, treat colds and infections and may even benefit blood sugar levels. It’s also damn tasty. Just be sure to eat it after your first date, rather than before, for obvious smell reasons.
Personally, I love getting hands on in the kitchen. While smashing avocadoes may not be as rewarding as smashing a punching bag in a boxing class, it can be much more therapeutic, less harmful and done in your pyjamas. Forget Mayweather vs McGregor, it’s just you vs. that avocado.
Let’s take a toast to Smashed Avo on Golden Gut Loaf!
Smashed Avo on Golden Gut Loaf
Coriander or flat leaf parsley to serve
In a small frying pan place olive oil and fry garlic til golden. Set aside
In a small bowl mash avocado with a fork and add lemon, cumin and olive oil
Toast gut loaf and place on plate
Top with avocado, tumble on feta and add garlic chips
Drizzle with olive oil
Season to taste (the feta makes it quite salty so black pepper is a good option)
Decorate with herbs of choice