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A healthy and kind twist on a classic, this Vegan BLT is made with smoky-sweet baked tempeh bacon. It's so easy to make, just marinate, and bake for 20 minutes or less.
Have you heard about the TTLA craze at Whole Foods? It's basically a Vegan BLT, but instead of mayo, they add vegan garlic aioli. It's also served with avocado slices, red onion and pressed ciabatta bread.
The TTLA was made famous by actress, Tabitha Brown's viral video of her happily eating the sandwich. Her genuine enthusiasm had everyone running to get one.
Sadly, I still haven't made it to Whole Foods because they are almost an hour from me. But, I've been making my own classic Vegan BLTs for years and this video sparked me to share it on Vegan Huggs.
You can easily turn this into a TTLA if you prefer. Sometimes I'll change things up with Creamy Chipotle Sauce or a slice of Vegan Cheddar Cheese. It's a versatile sandwich!
I don't usually buy the premade tempeh bacon, because it's so easy to make it homemade. I like adding my own flavoring and easily switching it up too.
What is Tempeh?
It's typically made from whole fermented soybeans and it usually comes in block form. Some contain only soybeans and some also include grains and seeds.
Tempeh has a hearty texture and a mild nutty flavor. It does have a slight bitterness too, but I usually don't notice it after cooking in seasonings.
However, if that slight bitterness bothers you, the tempeh can be steamed for 10 minutes before marinating. This will mellow it out.
I love tempeh because it's healthy, protein-rich, and it has a great texture. BUT, without seasonings, it's kind of blah! That's where the marinade comes in and It will turn that blah into oh-so-tasty!
How do you make Tempeh Bacon?
Cut the tempeh block into ¼ " slices (see photo above).
Whisk the marinade ingredients together and pour into an 8 " rimmed shallow dish or baking dish.
Place the tempeh slices into your prepared marinade and let the pieces marinate in the fridge for 15-20 minutes or longer if preferred.
Place the marinated strips on your parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving a little room in between each piece.
Pop the pan in the oven and bake until lightly browned and the surface is slightly crisp on each side. Watch the tempeh closely to prevent burning.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE A VEGAN BLT
To assemble your sandwich, coat each bread slice with vegan mayo and top with tomato slices, lettuce, and tempeh bacon. Close bread together and cut if desired.
Make it your own!
I made a classic Vegan BLT which I love, but feel free to add your own twist. You can add things like hummus, guacamole, avocado slices, red onion, chipotle sauce, garlic aioli, pickles, jalapénos, roasted peppers, sauteéd mushrooms and so much more.
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Vegan BLT with Baked Tempeh Bacon
- 8 ounces tempeh (*not all brands are GF)
- ¼ cup vegan mayo , more to taste
- 8 slices bread (GF if preferred)
- 4 lettuce leaves
- 2 medium tomatoes , sliced
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or preferred oil)
- 3 tablespoons low sodium tamari GF if preferred (sub soy)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 ½ teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1.5 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon granulated onion
- Preheat oven to 350° F (176° C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, add all marinade ingredients and whisk to combine well. Pour marinade into an 8 " rimmed shallow dish or baking dish.
- Cut tempeh into ¼ " slices. * If you cut them thinner, the tempeh falls apart easily in the marinade.
- Now place the tempeh slices into your marinade. Gently flip to coat all sides well. Let the pieces marinate in the fridge for 15-20 minutes or longer if preferred.
- Place the marinated strips on your prepared baking sheet, leaving a little room in between each piece (*save leftover marinade). Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. *If the tempeh seems dry, you can lightly brush on some leftover marinade.
- Now gently flip each slice with tongs and bake 8-10 minutes more, until lightly browned and the surface is slightly crisp (*The inside remains soft). Watch closely to prevent burning. Remove from oven.
- To assemble your BLT, coat each bread slice with mayo and top with tomato slices, lettuce, and tempeh bacon. Close sandwich and cut if desired. Enjoy!
So good. Thank you for sharing this.
You are welcome, Patricia.❤️
Love your page. I have it saved on my phone home screen as a quick resource to bomb vegan food.
Thank you so much, Rhonda. 🥰 I am so happy to hear your feedback. Happy cooking!
Regarding the comment about pop up ads, I find them on all good recipe sites, however I find that printing out the recipe makes it easy to read without ads. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes.
You are so welcome Patricia! A printed copy is really convinient, and something you can keep for future use too. 🙂
Penny J Collins
Hey, I was so curious about the tempeh but afraid of it at the same time. Tofu is so hard to get adjusted to as still being new to the plant-based life. Tempeh is the complete opposite. it was a delicious and filling sandwich!
Hi Penny! I am glad you liked it. There are so many options to make your transition to a plant-based lifestyle easier and more enjoyable. Wish you the best! 🙂
Used your tempeh bacon recipe with tofu cashew mayo and micro-greens. It was beautiful as well as delicious.
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Hi Tamara! We are so happy that you loved this recipe, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
This was SO tasty and so easy with on-hand ingredients. I whisked everything right in the 8x8 bc I'm a lazy vegan. Wow. Amaaaazing. Already forwarded the recipe to friends!
Hi Hannah, I'm so glad you liked it! You aren't lazy...it's smart to find quicker ways to provide the same results. Thank you for giving it a try and sharing your feedback.
Is the tempeh reheatable? I’m thinking of making this in batches for lunches.
Sure! You can reheat it in the microwave, air fryer, convection oven or regular oven. It will get slightly soft in the microwave though, but it's still delish! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I'm thinking if I cover it and microwave it at the office just enough to get warm, it will hopefully be ok. Fingers crossed!
That's a great idea! I'd love to hear how it turns out if you try. 🙂
Made this tonight-- 10/10!!!! We used sprouted sourdough bread and mixed up a vegan buffalo mayo (veganaise with Frank's hot sauce basically-- I added a tiny bit of coconut milk kefir to make it probiotic). SO good! I didn't have reserve marinade. In fact, I was a bit worried I didn't have enough. It tasted super, though. Next time I'll make a little more marinade. Thank you for this excellent addition!
Hi Laurel, thank you for giving it a try! Sounds SO good with the sourdough and buffalo mayo! 🙂
I made this last night. The flavors for the “bacon” were spot on! Very delicious sandwich and the ciabatta roll is an inspiring choice! Thank you so much! I will be making this again and again!
Hi Cathy! I'm so happy to hear this! Thank you for making it. 🙂
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Made this for my family this past weekend - adding avocados to the toppings - it was super delish and even the meat eaters in the family were saying yum! Will be making this again for sure! Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂
Hi Kathleen, this is so great to hear! I'm so happy everyone loved it. Thank you for the feedback 🙂
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Dang that looks good! I love ciabatta and your tempeh looks to die for!
Thank you, Liv! I'm a big ciabatta fan too 🙂