Craving something a little sweet? This strawberry cream cheese toast with chia compote and graham cracker crumble is the perfect lightly sweet yet nutritious snack. Add some whipped cream or coconut whip to make it a bit more decadent for dessert!
Strawberry Compote Cheesecake Toast
These flavors remind me of a perfect summer day, but honestly, I think about strawberry cheesecake all year long. Why shouldn’t we be able to enjoy a sweet and tangy slice of strawberry bliss any time, hmm?
The strawberry chia compote is quick and easy to make on the stovetop. It’s a lot like chia jam, but chunkier – reminiscent of the strawberry compote you’d see on a slice of cheesecake at a restaurant. But it’s got a lot less sugar (and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup!).
Here’s what you’ll need to make this strawberry cream cheese toast:
- bread: Any kind of bread works here, but I prefer thick-sliced, fluffy bread like brioche, challah, or french bread.
- cream cheese: I used whipped cream cheese here, because it’s easier to spread. Regular cream cheese works too – see instructions for how to soften it further down in the post.
- strawberries: Fresh or frozen strawberries both work! If you’re using frozen strawberries, you may need to cook them a little longer in the saucepan.
- chia seeds: These thicken the strawberry compote, and have an added nutritional bonus!
- maple syrup (or honey): This adds just enough sweetness to the strawberry compote.
- lemon juice (optional): A splash of lemon juice brightens the strawberry flavor. But it’s optional, so no worries if you don’t have any lemons.
- graham crackers: A graham cracker crumble topping adds a layer of flavor similar to cheesecake crust.
- whipped topping (optional): Whipped cream or coconut whip is optional, but very delicious.
How to Make Strawberry Compote with Chia Seeds
To make this cheesecake toast, start by prepping the strawberry chia compote. It only takes 10 minutes of active prep time (plus 10 minutes of resting, while you prep the toast portion of the recipe).
In a saucepan, add strawberries and water and cook over medium heat. As you go, break up the strawberries into smaller pieces (depending on how chunky you like your compote). After 10 minutes, remove from heat. Then, stir in chia seeds, maple syrup, and lemon juice (if using).
Let the mixture cool, stirring occasionally to avoid chia seed clumps, for 10 minutes. It should thicken as it rests. Meanwhile, it’s time to make the cream cheese toast base!
(If you’re really in a hurry, you can skip making the compote and just toss some strawberries with maple syrup. But the compote is worth a little extra time, I promise!)
Assemble Your Strawberry Cheesecake Toast
Toast your bread, either in a toaster or in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius) for 5-7 minutes, until golden.
Next, spread cream cheese over the toast. If you’re using whipped cream cheese, there’s no need to soften it first. If you’re using regular cream cheese, see below for how to soften it.
How to Soften Cream Cheese
There are three ways to soften your cream cheese:
- Leave it on the counter until it’s soft enough to spread.
- Whip the cream cheese yourself with a stand mixer or hand mixer. You can add a splash of milk to make it easier.
- Microwave it at 50% power for 5 seconds, flip it, and microwave for 5 seconds again to soften. (This is the quickest way if you’re strapped for time).
Next, spoon strawberry compote over the cream cheese toast. Then, sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top. (You can buy pre-crushed graham crackers, or place graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin on the counter).
If you’re adding whipped topping, here’s when to do it. Then, dig in!
Other Cream Cheese Toast Topping Ideas
If you’re not feeling strawberries (or just don’t have any), you can top your cream cheese toast with just about anything:
- sliced stone fruit or berries
- other fruit compotes/jams (like this blackberry chia jam)
- chopped nuts and honey
- sliced cucumbers and/or tomatoes
- smoked salmon and avocado (for a savory variation, similar to this Everything But The Bagel smoked salmon toast)
- prosciutto and arugula
This strawberry cheesecake toast is creamy, sweet, tangy, and a little bit crunchy. It’s so good, I may have eaten it twice in one day. Just sayin’. 😉 I hope you enjoy it, too!
You’ll find the full strawberry cream cheese toast recipe at the bottom of this post. If you try it, I’d love if you shared your thoughts with a rating and comment below!
Looking for more toast snack ideas? Check these out:
Strawberry Cream Cheese Toast with Chia Compote
Cream Cheese Toast
- 3 slices toast
- 6 Tbsp cream cheese (whipped or regular – see notes)
- 2 Tbsp graham crackers (crushed)
- whipped topping (optional)
Strawberry Chia Compote
- 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tsp water
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice (optional)
- Prep strawberry compote: combine strawberries and water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring, until they begin to soften. Break up the strawberries into smaller pieces if desired.
- Remove from heat. Stir in chia seeds, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Let cool, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toast your bread*.
- Spread whipped or softened** cream cheese over the toast. (See notes for how to soften cream cheese).
- Spoon cooled strawberry compote over the cream cheese toast. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top.
- Add whipped topping if desired, then enjoy!