Photograph of wholegrain bread topped with ricotta, sauteed apples, and honey on a white plate

Ricotta Toast with Spiced Apples and Rosemary Honey

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 toasts (4 servings) 1x
  • Category: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: American


These delicious ricotta toasts, flavored with vanilla bean, honey, and rosemary are the perfect brunch or lunch offering. Topped off with spiced sautéed apples and a creative gremolata, these toasts are not only packed with flavor, but textures too.



Rosemary Honey

  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced  fresh rosemary

Apple Gremolata

  • ½ cup, roughly chopped dried apple chips, such as Bare Snacks
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • 1 teaspoon minced lemon zest

Sautéed Spiced Apples

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups diced apples (such as Pink Lady or Honeycrisp)
  • 3 tablespoons honey  
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
  •  teaspoons fresh lemon juice 

Vanilla Bean Ricotta

  • 1 cup low-fat ricotta
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 4 slices whole-wheat seedy bread, toasted
  • Flaked sea salt


Rosemary Honey

Bring  honey and rosemary to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; remove from heat and let cool.

Apple Gremolata

Combine apple chips, pepitas and lemon zest; set aside.

Sautéed Spiced Apples

Heat oil over medium in a nonstick skillet. Add apples and honey, and sauté until just starting to soften, 6 minutes. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and cook until fragrant and apples are soft, 1–2 minutes.

Off heat, stir in lemon juice.

Vanilla Bean Ricotta

Combine ricotta, vanilla bean paste and 1 tablespoons of the prepared rosemary honey.

Spread a few tablespoons of ricotta onto each piece of toasted bread then divide apple mixture between toasts. Drizzle with warm rosemary honey and sprinkle with gremolata and sea salt; serve.

Keywords: Quick, Fall, Winter, Toast Recipe, Ricotta