Easy Vegan BLT

a topless vegan blt made with coconut bacon on a black plate

A super easy vegan spin on the classic summer sandwich: the BLT! It comes together in just minutes, and you’ll have extra vegan bacon for more vegan BLTs all week long!



  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (like grapeseed)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut chips


  • 1/2 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegan butter (or more oil)
  • 2 slices of bread (I used sourdough)
  • vegan mayo
  • iceberg lettuce, shredded or separated into leaves
  • sliced tomato, salt and peppered


  1. COCONUT BACON: In a medium bowl, combine your soy sauce, oil, maple syrup, tomato paste, and smoked paprika. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add your coconut chips and toss to coat completely. Allow to marinade for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, line a large plate or cookie pan with paper towels.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium-low heat. Working in two batches, scoop out some of the coconut bacon and add it to your pan, leaving any additional liquid in the bowl to discard.
  4. Cook your bacon, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until golden. If certain pieces start to get darker than others, you can use tongs to remove them and place them on your paper towel-lined plate. Try to keep the pieces of coconut separated as they cook. They’ll crisp further as they cool.
  5. Repeat with your second batch of coconut bacon, leaving any excess liquid in the bottom of the bowl to discard.
  6. In a separate large pan, heat your oil and vegan butter over medium heat. When melted and your pan is hot, add your bread, and toast until deeply golden, about 3 minutes. Remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
  7. ASSEMBLE: Liberally spread both of the non-toasted sides of your bread with vegan mayo. Add your lettuce, tomato, and a large handful (or two!) of your coconut bacon. Top with your other mayo-spread piece of bread and enjoy!

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