Sure, you’ve used your toaster for plenty of avocado toast breakfasts and late-night frozen waffles. But there’s way more you can use your toaster for than just, well, toast. From sliced sweet potato “toast” to homemade toaster pastries, the possibilities are endless. (Just don’t try to make a grilled cheese with your toaster—you’ll end up with a gooey mess.)
Here are some surprising things you can make with a toaster—it just might become your new favorite kitchen appliance.
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Sweet Potato Toasts
Don’t have any bread on hand? Slice up a sweet potato and load it with toast toppings! All you need is a toaster and a microwave—no oven or stove required.
Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Toasts.
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Homemade Toaster Strudel
You don’t need us to tell you that frozen toaster strudels aren’t a healthy way to start your day. But did you know that you can make a homemade version of this classic toaster treat? It’s way better than the freezer-aisle one, trust us.
Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.
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Banana Nut Toaster Pop-Ups
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to toaster pastries, might we suggest these homemade banana nut breakfast treats? They’ll delight kids of all ages, and you can feel good about serving them to your family.
Get the recipe from A Healthy Slice of Life.
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Whole-Wheat Blueberry Toaster Pastries
Who needs Pop-Tarts when you can make homemade toaster pastries? You’ll never buy the boxed version again.
Get the recipe from A Kitchen Addiction.
This breakfast treat is a cross between an English muffin and cornbread. You’ll have to bake the dough before toasting it, but it’s worth the extra steps.
Get the recipe from King Arthur Baking Company.
This hack has been making its way around the internet for years, and it’s not the worst idea. If you don’t want to break out a pan to cook a frozen veggie burger on the stove, you could try cooking it in your toaster. You don’t run the risk of a grease fire that you would with a meat patty, and you’ll have less cleanup afterward.
If you’re looking for a crunchy chip to dip in guacamole, but all you have is refrigerated tortillas, don’t fret. Just put the tortillas in the toaster, and you’ll be good to go.
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