March 25, 2020

Unicorn Toast

Recipe: Adeline Waugh

Try this Unicorn Toast recipe from the new cookbook, Vibrant & Pure.

Vibrant & Pure cookbook coverAh, Unicorn Toast, the toast that launched an Instagram phenomenon. Whether people loved it or hated it, this toast was suddenly everywhere. Using beet juice, I had been dyeing everything pink that I could get my hands on, including cream cheese. Then came the yellow-orange from turmeric, the light blue from spirulina and the sea green from chlorophyll drops. When I arranged the colors on the toast, someone commented that the design looked like a unicorn, and the rest is history. Feel free to dress it up and top with your favorite fruit, hemp seeds or granola!


Pistachio Coconut Rose Dukkah

  • 2 tbsp shelled pistachios
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp hazelnuts
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened shaved coconut
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 to 2 tbsp dried edible rose petals, finely chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste

Unicorn Toast

  • 2 slices bread of your choice
  • 6 tbsp cream cheese (I like non-dairy)
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp beet juice
  • 1/2 tsp rosewater
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp spirulina

Toppings (optional)

  • Pistachio Coconut Rose Dukkah (see above)
  • 1/4 tsp bee pollen
  • 1/4 tsp edible gold flakes
  • 1/4 tsp naturally dyed sprinkles


Yield: Serves 2

Pistachio Coconut Rose Dukkah

  1. Either by hand or using a chopper, finely chop the pistachios, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts and coconut.
  2. In a small skillet, toast the pistachios, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, coconut, fennel seeds and sesame seeds over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, or until the nuts and coconut start to turn a light golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the toasted nuts and seeds, rose petals and salt. Use immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

Unicorn Toast

  1. In a toaster, toast the bread to your preference.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese and 1 teaspoon of the honey. Add the beet juice and rosewater, and mix with a spoon until fully blended and pink in color.
  3. In a second small bowl, combine 2 more tablespoons of cream cheese and another teaspoon of honey with the turmeric and cinnamon, and mix with a spoon until fully blended and yellow in color.
  4. In a third small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons cream cheese and 1 teaspoon honey with the spirulina, and mix with a spoon until fully blended and light bluish-green in color.
  5. Put a dollop of each color on each piece of toast, then blend them using even knife strokes to make a pattern, then garnish with the Dukkah, bee pollen, gold flakes and sprinkles, if desired.

Excerpted from Vibrant & Pure by Adeline Waugh. Copyright © 2020 Adeline Waugh. Photography © 2020. Cover and interior photography by Adeline Waugh. Published by Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.