New nut butters, fresh fruit, and unexpected ingredients like herbs and cheese mean you still get the sweet and creamy combo we all love, only it’s more sophisticated and flavourful, say David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, authors of the blog Green Kitchen Stories and the new cookbook Green Kitchen at Home. Their twists make for happy, healthy midday meals. Mix and match and choose one or more from each category, and use good-quality, hearty bread.
Choose from tahini, sunflower seed butter and nut butters like hazelnut, almond and cashew, and seed and nut butter blends.
There’s plenty of choices here with fruits. Go for fresh figs and berries, or settle with easy finds like bananas, thinly slices apples and pears. You can also use stewed fruit. Cook any fruit quickly in a little water until it gets jammy,then sweeten with maple syrup to taste.
Get creative with the toppings. Take a pick from herbs like basil, mint, and thyme to cheeses like ricotta and goat cheese. You can also keep it with seeds like toasted sesame, chia, or chopped toasted pumpkin seeds. Or, you can go with toasted unsweetened coconut, honey or maple syrup.