I’ve got another tasty snack toast recipe you absolutely need to try: cherry chocolate custard toast with almonds! It combines a fudgy chocolate custard layer with crispy toast, topped with sweet cherries and sliced almonds.
It’s perfectly flavored and sweetened with just cocoa powder, chocolate chips and a splash of maple syrup. Healthy enough for breakfast, but feels like you’re eating chocolate pudding. Sign me the heck up!
Chocolate Chip Custard Toast with Cherries
If you haven’t tried yogurt custard toast yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s shockingly simple to make, with just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep time before you pop it in the oven.
This toast is what afternoon snack dreams are made of: it’s nutritious and protein-packed, yet it satisfies your sweet tooth. The best of both worlds! It also makes a great easy dessert – just sayin’. 😉
This variation adds cocoa powder and melty chocolate chips for a rich, chocolatey custard center, and features a sweet cherry and almond topping. (I’ve also tried it with raspberries, too. It’s divine.)
The consistency of the chocolate custard is lovely. It’s almost like a cross between a chocolate lava cake and a flourless chocolate torte. But it’s made with more wholesome ingredients, so you can eat it for breakfast, snack or dessert!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this decadent-tasting (but surprisingly healthy) custard toast:
- bread: I used a loaf of french bread here, and it was perfect. Fluffy brioche or challah would also work great, but if all you have is pre-sliced sandwich bread, that works too! I’ve tried it with both – including whole wheat bread – and it’s tasty either way.
- yogurt: I prefer using Greek yogurt, as it’s thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. But any kind of plain or vanilla yogurt works here!
- egg: This thickens the custard and gives it just enough structure for the proper consistency.
- cocoa powder: This is what gives the custard its rich chocolatey flavor. I used 100% cacao natural unsweetened. If you don’t have any, you can still make this – just add more chocolate chips.
- chocolate chips: Any kind works! I used a combination of semi-sweet and dark chocolate. If you’re using milk chocolate, you may want to skip adding sweetener (maple syrup/honey). Up to you! If you don’t have chocolate chips, you can chop up a chocolate bar, or leave them out.
- maple syrup (or honey): You don’t need much of this, especially if you’re adding chocolate chips or using yogurt with flavor/sweetener already added. But it adds a hint of extra sweetness if you want it!
- almond extract: This is optional, but it gives the custard a more decadent flavor and pairs so well with the cherries.
- cherries: Any type of cherry should work (sweet, tart, etc.), depending on the flavor you’re going for! Since cherries weren’t in season when I took these photos, I used canned dark sweet cherries. (These can be found either canned or frozen in most grocery stores.) But fresh cherries would be just as delicious during the spring and summer, when you can find them!
- almonds: Sliced or chopped almonds get sprinkled on top for a bit of nutty flavor (and a nice decorative flair).
When are cherries in season?
It depends on where you live, but in the United States, cherries are in season during the late spring through the summer.
Got extra cherries? Try these chocolate cherry yogurt popsicles!
Can I use frozen cherries?
Yes! Be sure to thaw them completely first, then dry them with a paper towel, removing as much moisture as possible.
How to Make Cherry Chocolate Custard Toast
To make this chocolate custard toast, whisk yogurt, egg, maple syrup, and optional almond extract in a bowl. Add cocoa powder and combine until smooth.
Separately, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Press down on your sliced bread with the back of a spoon to create a well for the custard.
Pour equal amounts of the custard mixture over each piece of bread. Then, use a spoon to smooth it out so it fills the well completely.
Next, sprinkle chocolate chips over the custard mixture. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius) until custard is set and bread is crispy.
Lastly, arrange cherries on top and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Let the toast rest for a minute or two. (It will keep cooking after it’s out of the oven). Then, dig in!
Chocolate Yogurt Toast Topping Ideas
If you’re not a cherry/almond fan (or just don’t have any on hand), here are some delicious ideas for topping your chocolate custard toast:
- other fruit (raspberries, strawberries, sliced banana, etc.)
- nut butter (peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, etc.)
- other chopped nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts, etc.)
- shredded or flaked coconut
- chopped chocolate pieces (the more chocolate, the better in my book!)
- whipped cream or coconut whip (for a more decadent variation)
For a chocoholic like me, having a snack that really satisfies that chocolate craving is huge. The fact that it only takes a few minutes to whip up is even sweeter!
If you try this cherry chocolate custard toast, I’d love if you shared your thoughts with a rating and comment below. 🙂
More tasty chocolate desserts to try:
- Chocolate Nutella Tarts with Greek Yogurt
- Chocolate Avocado Truffles with Pecans
- Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bites with Coconut
- Biscoff Brownie Truffles (No Bake)
- Peanut Butter Banana Brownies
Cherry Chocolate Custard Toast
- 3 slices bread
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp greek yogurt
- 2 tsp maple syrup (or honey)
- ½ tsp almond extract (optional)
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp chocolate chips
- ¼ cup cherries
- 3 Tbsp almonds (sliced or chopped)
- Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt, maple syrup, and optional almond extract until smooth. Add cocoa powder and stir until combined. Set aside.
- Place bread on the lined sheet pan. Using the back of a spoon, press down in the middle of each bread slice to create a well for the custard.
- Pour or spoon custard mixture into the center of each slice of bread. Use a spoon to spread it out evenly. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes for thinner bread slices OR 12-16 minutes for thick slices, until custard is set. (The center shouldn't wobble if shaken.)
- Top with cherries and sliced almonds. Let rest for 1-2 minutes, then enjoy!