Vegan “B” LT Sandwich

Just in case you missed it last spring…

This posting had the highest viewings for 2013 on Canned Time and I thought it would be good to revisit the jist of

‘Coconut Bacon’……….

 Coconut Bacon - from Canned-Time.com

Coconut Flakes and Bacon?  What the……….  Well I saw this on someone’s site and had to give it a try.  My absolute favorite sandwich from what seems like ages ago now, reborn!!

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When I first tested this last weekend, well, things got busy, we had a bit of a snow storm and then there’s always my work schedule.  I forgot about it being in the fridge marinating actually. So after 6 days of soaking, I really thought it would just be rancid.  Not so!

Vegan "Bacon" Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich - from Canned-Time.com

Yes, I love ‘bacon’ with my pepper……….

Coconut Bacon - from Canned-Time.com

It’s not great at all on it’s own, so don’t think there is an actually bacon substitute discovery here.  But when it’s all put together with it’s traditional porky partners: tomato and lettuce, good bread and some Vegan mayo,  it’s not bad at all :)

Vegan "Bacon" Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich - from Canned-Time.com

 

Vegan Coconut Bacon
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup of flaked unsweetened! Coconut
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil (in the pan if you fry instead of baking it)
  3. 3 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
  4. 3 tablespoons maple syrup (It wont taste sweet at all)
  5. 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  6. a sprinkle of garlic powder and some black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl, seal and soak the coconut for up to 5 days. 1 day if you don't have the time but longer is better. Done, that's it. Drain off any excess liquid and you've got your bacon
Adapted from from Fettle Vegan
Adapted from from Fettle Vegan
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Vegan "Bacon" Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich - from Canned-Time.com

I dumped all of the coconut and marinade in a hot iron skillet and stirred it around for a good 10 minutes until it looked like bacon.  If I’d done it in an oven, I would stir it around at least once or twice to get the browning effects.

 Like I mentioned, it’s not great to just nibble on but when it’s combined with the flavors your mouth recognizes as BLT flavors, it’s pretty great.  I used some hearty homemade Spelt / Chia flour Bread, juicy ripe Tomatoes and lot’s of black pepper.  I may add a slice or two of avocado next time too.   Overall a pretty easy and tasty substitute considering I didn’t think this taste would ever be in my future again………..give it a try.  My next batch I think I’ll mix in with some pancake batter and see how that tastes.  Could be good?

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  ♥

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24 thoughts on “Vegan “B” LT Sandwich

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Yea, I figured that it didn’t really absorb more after the first day but I wasn’t sure if it would be too strong to let it sit longer. It was just right to me.
      Thanks so much for your comment. I’d love to hear more if you have other ways you have used the ‘bacon’ :)

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      It is beyond crazy. I almost felt guilty taking the first bite ;)
      I mean, to go from Porky Bacon to all the good things in coconut? It doesn’t seem real.
      I think you could get even more crispness if you did it in the oven, mine was kinda chewy but in the sandwich it worked well.

      Anyone out there who’s baked it let me know.
      Thanks Annie!

  1. Starr

    Wow, I’m shock at how bacon-like these look. Definitely going to give it a try, and maybe sprinkle some on a baked potato or salad… Any idea how long it lasts after cooking?

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      I had half the sandwich yesterday and half today. There was definitely not as much crispness today but I do think it should be baked, (not done in a fry pan) to give it more ‘bacon’ texture. I always liked crisp bacon so that may be why I think that but the day old coconut today was less crisp. Please let us know how yours comes out if you bake it, or otherwise :)
      Thanks Starr!

  2. narf77

    I have been pretending not to notice the coconut bacon phase but if you have fallen under it’s spell and it’s not bad…I might just have to take the plunge and have a go. I might bake it I think (or bbq). The BLT looks pretty darned good so an authentic “look” is at least part of the equation :)

      1. Tina Hales

        I am not a vegan, but can you explain the reason a vegan would feel the need to replace and not just do without, I get people don’t want to eat meat but why is there such a desire to make things look like meat products. I think this is a very cool idea but it is always a questing in my mind when I see tofu hotdogs and such.

        1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

          Hi Tina and thanks for your comment. I can’t speak for anyone else but I would think that Vegans don’t mind the taste of meat, they just object to animal products for their diet so replicating meats is just an attempt to have the tastes that we all like again? Not sure its any more complicated than that. I haven’t had much tofu meats but I do eat a lot of tofu to add protein to my diet. Tofu cooks similarly to meat dishes I’m used to so that’s another way to eat great recipes without harming animals in the process. I don’t know if that answers your wondering. Please feel free to respond back if you have more questions or comments and thanks again for visiting my page ;)

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thanks Julie. I’m going to try it mixed in with a pancake batter next I think. It’s not perfect, but a nice sub for the real thing and pretty darn healthy to boot ;) Thanks and let me know how your’s works out!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thanks Joshua, actually I did marinate the coconut for this almost 4 days until I got around to making the “bacon”. Others have said they just soak it for a few hours and that does the trick. Please let us know if you try it out :)

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