One of the most common reasons I hear for why someone’s not vegetarian (besides the strange belief that we get no protein…why is that still a question?) is “I can’t live without bacon!” GUYS. I have super exciting news. Last time I checked I’m still alive, breathing, and thinking. So yes, you can live without bacon 🙂 You’re welcome!
But in all seriousness, I totally get it. America’s most beloved form of meat is used so often to bring flavor to a variety of meals, that it completely makes sense to be confused if you suddenly couldn’t have it! I myself have always had a soft spot for BLT’s.
Luckily, I made this incredible Eggplant Bacon, which uses all natural and healthy ingredients, but mimics the taste of bacon exactly! It provides this dish with so much flavor and is filled with all the smoky and savory spices you’re looking for. There’s not even any sugars or sweeteners in it – it’s completely guilt-free! I’ve used it for so many things already – from breakfast bowls, to sweet potato hashes, and obviously my delicious sandwiches! You can check this mouth-watering eggplant bacon out here 🙂
As a kid, BLT’s definitely ranked high on my list of meals to order at a restaurant. It provided the flavor, fat, and crunch that I needed to power me through the day. There was one restaurant in my town though that completely changed my whole view on them! They served BLTA‘s. What’s the “A” doing there? Let’s just say I was pretty skeptical. That was until I took my first bite! I suddenly realized I’d been missing out on the most delicious, creamy, rich food I’d ever tasted: the avocado. Suddenly, I flew to avocado world where all the avocados were free (I wish!) and falling from the sky, and I lived happily ever after on my perfectly ripe avocado farm…Okay, okay, so that story may have been just a little glammed up, but that avocado was delicious and a complete game-changer! I wouldn’t be surprised if that was where my love for avocados began.
There are definitely some critics out there when the words “Vegan” and “BLT” are used in the same sentence. But they clearly haven’t tried this recipe yet! I mean how can you go wrong when the sandwich is stuffed with avocado? Exactly. You can’t.
In this recipe I used Food for Life’s Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Burger Buns. They’re made with only grains and seeds, rocketing up the health and protein benefits of this meal. I keep a stash of these in my freezer for whenever I’m craving a veggie burger or even just a fancy sandwich. Because all sandwiches taste and look 100 times better in a bun!
Enjoy these Vegan BLTA’s packed in your lunch for work/school, for a meal at the beach, as a bite in the car, or for lunch or dinner at your house! I personally love this sandwich because it satisfies all of my mid-day cravings! The best part: you’re eating only fruits, veggies, grains, and seeds! Could it get any healthier? Give these a shot and please let me know what you think! Tag me in a photo on instagram @myplantedplate or shoot me an email at email@example.com – I’d love to hear from you! As always, I’ll make sure to feature your photo in my next weekly newsletter (which you can subscribe to by clicking the button that says “Click Here to be Update with Every New Post!” on the top and bottom of this page – you don’t want to miss out)!
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Vegan BLTA with Eggplant Bacon
Yield 1 Sandwich
Satisfy your mid-day cravings with this crunchy, filling, completely guilt-free sandwich! Made all natural products and no sweeteners - this sandwich packs a punch of protein, fiber, vitamins, nutrients, and of course flavor! Topped with creamy avocado and crispy eggplant bacon, this Vegan BLTA is sure to carry you through your healthy day!
- 1 hamburger bun (I used Food for Life's Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Burger Buns - you can get them at Whole Foods)
- 3-4 slices of Eggplant Bacon
- 1/2 tomato
- 2 leaves of Kale, chopped
- 1/2 avocado
- Place buns in the toaster. In the meantime, set out all of your ingredients. If you want really crispy eggplant bacon, cook it in a skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, then flip and repeat on the other side of the bacon.
- To assemble the sandwich, layer kale on the sandwich bun. Next, add your sliced avocado and place your eggplant bacon on top of that. Finally, top with your tomatoes (you can use either baby tomatoes or sliced tomatoes). Place the other half of the bun on top and enjoy!
- You can make the eggplant bacon ahead of time by clicking here 🙂
- Any bun works fine as long as it's tasty!
- Nutrition information is if you use the Ezekiel buns (about 170 calories) <-- calories are energy and fuel your body, especially these because they're loaded with only the best ingredients!
Courses Sandwich, Entrée
Serving Size 1 Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Sodium 183 mg
Total Carbohydrates 41.9 g
Dietary Fiber 10.5 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 10.9 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.