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Ricotta Toasts With Pear, Walnuts, Maple and Cinnamon

Ricotta Toasts With Pear, Walnuts, Maple and Cinnamon 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Gina Nistico for The Washington Post

Nourish Sep 30, 2021

This autumnal toast of nutty, textured whole grain bread, is generously slathered with ricotta cheese and layered with slices of ripe pear. It's then finished with a drizzle of maple syrup, walnuts and cinnamon, and can be pulled together so quickly, it upends any misconception that you lack the time to make a healthy breakfast or snack.

Total time: 15 mins


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons raw walnut pieces
  • 4 slices crusty, textured, whole-grain bread, such as from a “health” loaf or sprouted bread (1/2-inch thick slices, about 1 1/4 ounce each)
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese store-bought or homemade (see related recipe)
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and sliced (unpeeled)
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch flaky salt, or more to taste

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In a small dry skillet over medium heat, toast the walnuts, tossing frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a cutting board to cool, then finely chop.

Toast the bread. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the ricotta onto each piece, then arrange 3 or 4 slices of pear on top of each toast. Drizzle each with 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup, then sprinkle each with 2 teaspoons of the chopped walnuts, then with the cinnamon and salt.

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From cookbook author and registered nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1 toast): 218

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 9g 14%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 14mg 5%

Sodium: 267mg 11%

Total Carbohydrates: 29g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 7g

Protein: 10g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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