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The Best Vegan BLT with Tempeh Bacon
This vegan BLT sandwich is so easy and delicious, made with smoky-maple tempeh ‘bacon’!
BLT’s are such a yummy classic sandwich, I used to make them all the time before I went vegan because they were so easy to make and I loved the flavor combinations.
That is why I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!
The tempeh absorbs so much flavor and tastes just like the real thing, the texture is softer but the flavor is spot on.
Easy Vegan BLT Sandwich Recipe
Instead of frying the tempeh bacon, I decided to bake them.
I think slow-cooking them like this helps them absorb all the flavors in the tasty smoke-maple sauce they marinate in.
I also add more sauce half way through baking to really pack in the flavor.
This sandwich would also be yummy with some avocado or red onions, feel free to add anything else you’d like! I just love the simplicity of the traditional ‘bacon’, lettuce and tomato flavors with a spread of vegan mayo.
How to Make a Vegan BLT Sandwich
Preparing the Tempeh Bacon
The tempeh bacon is very easy to prepare – to start you’ll want to thoroughly mix together your ‘bacon’ mixture and cut your tempeh into roughly 1/4 inch slices.
The tempeh is a bit fragile so be careful it doesn’t break.
Place the tempeh slices into a shallow bowl filled with the marinade, and let is sit for 20-30 minutes, the longer the better!
I very gently mixed them up 2-3 times during this time to make sure all the pieces got evenly marinated.
Baking the Marinated Tempeh
A few minutes before the tempeh is done marinating, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Carefully assemble your tempeh onto a cooling rack, and then place this on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
Using a spoon, add half of the ‘bacon’ mixture onto the tempeh slices. Bake for 15 minutes, then take them out and flip each slice.
Spoon on the remaining ‘bacon’ mixture and then bake for an additional 10 minutes and they’re done!
Assembling the BLT Sandwich
Now that your tempeh is ready to go, slice some tomatoes and grab some pieces of lettuce and assemble your sandwich!
I like to toast my bread as well, it adds that extra crunch to the sandwich!
Simple Quick Vegan Sandwich Recipe
I just love this simple sandwich recipe, it’s great to make for lunch and you can always bake the tempeh bacon ahead of time so you can just quickly assemble the sandwich at lunchtime!
It’s also a perfect lunch to take on the go to work, or even on a picnic.
The tempeh is so yummy and it’s also high-protein, high-fiber and free of cholesterol! It’s basically a fermented soybean product, similar to tofu but very different in texture (tempeh is more dense and tofu is softer).
I just used store-bought vegan mayo for this recipe, but you could always try making your own. I found this recipe which looks simple and quick.
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- 8 oz. Tempeh
- 2 Tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp Oil (I used grapeseed)
- 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 3 Tomatoes
- 1 Head Lettuce
- Vegan Mayo
1. Mix together liquid smoke, soy sauce, maple syrup, oil, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic, onion and pepper in a bowl. Chop tofu into 1/4 inch strips and place inside, gently mixing to coat evenly.
2. Let marinate for 20-30 minutes, flipping occasionally. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Place tempeh strips on rack, making sure they are not touching. Pour 1/2 remaining smokey maple mixture over tempeh.
4. Bake for 15 minutes, flip and spoon on remaining smokey maple mixture over the rest of the tempeh. Bake for 10 more minutes.
5. Add tomato, lettuce, vegan mayo and tempeh bacon onto toasted bread and enjoy!