Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
I'm a human being on planet earth. I've lived hundreds of lifetimes. In this incarnation I'm here to advance medicine.

Mondays can often be a challenging day to start the week, but we believe in turning them into moments of joy and deliciousness. What better way to kickstart your week than with a delightful breakfast that feels like a treat but is also packed with nutrition? Introducing “Almond Joy Toast” – a heavenly combination of rich chocolate, creamy almond butter, and sweet coconut flakes on toasted bread.

This easy-to-make recipe is not only a feast for your taste buds but also a source of energy and nutrients to help you power through your Monday morning. So, let’s dive right into the recipe and make those Monday blues vanish!

Name:Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cooking Time:2 minutes
Total Time:7 minutes
Servings2 servings


  • 2 slices of your favorite bread (whole wheat, sourdough, or gluten-free if preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (for sweetness)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut (toasted for extra flavor)
  • A pinch of salt (optional)
  • Sliced almonds for garnish (optional)


1. Toast the Bread:

Begin by toasting your bread slices to your preferred level of crispiness. You can use a toaster or a hot skillet with a touch of butter for added flavor.

2. Prepare the Almond Chocolate Spread:

In a small bowl, combine the almond butter, cocoa powder, honey (or maple syrup), and a pinch of salt (if desired). Mix everything well until you have a smooth and velvety chocolate almond spread.

3. Spread the Joy:

Once your bread is toasted to perfection, spread a generous layer of the almond chocolate mixture evenly on each slice.

4. Add Coconut Bliss:

Now, sprinkle the shredded coconut over the chocolate spread. If you’d like, you can toast the coconut in a dry skillet for a minute or two to enhance its flavor and crunchiness.

Estimated Nutrition per Serving

Calories:350 calories
Protein:6-8 grams
Dietary Fiber:3-4 grams
Sugars:8 grams
Fat:15-20 grams
Saturated Fat:3-4 grams
Cholesterol:5 milligrams
Sodium:150-200 milligrams

Happy Halloween!!

1. To make up for the fact that I’m not dressing up this year, (so sad), I think I’ll just stuff myself full of pumpkin deliciousness in order to fully embrace the holiday.

Here are some pumpkin goodies I’ve been enjoying lately:

  • Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (while decaf/coffee brews, heat 1/2 cup milk + 2 Tbsp pure pumpkin puree + 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract + sweeter to taste – if desired – on stovetop until steaming; whisk until smooth, poor into large mug, and top with hot brewed coffee)
Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

Pumpkin Spice Latte Oatmeal (combine 1/3 cup each old-fashioned oats, milk, brewed decaf/coffee, water, & pumpkin puree + 1 sliced banana and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice in small saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring often, until thickened and hot; photographed topped with Espresso Pumpkin Spiced Walnutsand White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter)

Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt (combine equal amounts pumpkin pie mix & Greek yogurt, + pumpkin pie spice and pure vanilla extract, to taste… whisk thoroughly and freeze in an ice cream maker until soft-serve consistency)

Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

2. Oh, and I might also have to make this simple but fabulous Almond Joy Toast again, posted on The Back Burner Blog today.

Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

Chocolate almond butter, toasted shredded coconut & sliced almonds, and melted coconut butter on whole wheat = an excuse to eat dessert for lunch ;).

Monday Musings + Almond Joy Toast

3. My obsession with the Words With Friends iPhone app has been replaced with a preoccupation with the 7 Little Words app. I blame Jessica.

4. I find it amusing – if not a bit perplexing – that spellcheck doesn’t mark “app” as misspelled. Apparently “spellcheck” is an accurate spelling as well!

5. I think I might be one of the few New Englanders who actually loves the snow (when I don’t have to drive in it) and this record-breaking Nor’easter is no exception. Yes, I understand that it’s early for snow… but I still like it.

6. Have I mentioned that I’m bummed out to not be dressing up for Halloween? Oh I did, didn’t I.

Excitement over the first snowfall of the season. Daydreams about Halloween costumes. Trying to get away with eating chocolate for lunch. Yep, I’m a five year old ;).

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