CBLT’s!

Coconut Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato on Toast

Does it get any better than that picture up there? No it doesn’t. Just the site of it makes me wish I was eating it right now instead of the delicious Rice and Beans I’m having for dinner tonight. The soonest I’ll be able to eat this again is probably Sunday and quite frankly that’s just not soon enough!

Awhile ago there were quite a few people posting on various blogs and twitter about making Coconut Bacon, both raw and cooked, I knew this was something I had to look into. “Real” BLT’s were one of my favorite meals ever. Its one of the only foods that I still crave sometimes. If I pass a diner and smell bacon…i want a BLT with extra mayo. Luckily for me I can now indulge those cravings with a cruelty free version of my favorite sandwich! The first time I made this was one of the happiest days of my foodie life. I couldn’t believe what I was eating was so similar to what I used to eat. It was smokey! Crunchy! It was PERFECT!

I started out looking for the biggest flaked unsweetened coconut I could find and luckily Whole Foods had them. I preheated the oven to 350degrees and mixed about 1 cup of the flakes with some: maple syrup, tamari and liquid smoke. I wish I had measurements for you and probably will one day I’ve just done it too taste the last few times I’ve made it. If you do a quick google search i’m sure you will find a bunch of recipes! So…once its all mixed I spread it out on a sheet tray covered with parchment and stick it in the oven. I set the timer for 10 minutes and stir once the time is up. Then I STAY BY THE OVEN because this stuff can burn..FAST! Every few minutes or so I stir and check that it’s not burning. Once it’s all crispy I let it cool for a minute, toast up some toast, spread some veganaise, lay down some mesclun and fresh sliced tomato, cut in 1/2 and eat. Its seriously the best thing ever.

I’ll say that it does have a slight coconut flavor to it but that’s ok. I think that is what makes it so good and bacon-like.

13 Comments on CBLT’s!

  1. sophia
    September 10, 2010 at 8:24 PM (10 years ago)

    well, i’m sold. completely.

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  2. Vic
    September 10, 2010 at 8:49 PM (10 years ago)

    Looks great! Very innovative!

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  3. Amey
    September 10, 2010 at 10:49 PM (10 years ago)

    oh man, i saw this on FoodPorn and haven’t stopped thinking about it. I can’t wait to make it. I think I’ll look out for some coconut flakes tomorrow. mmmmmm

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  4. Lauren
    September 11, 2010 at 4:47 PM (10 years ago)

    Mmm, I have to try coconut bacon! Looks so good!

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  5. Crystal
    September 11, 2010 at 6:49 PM (10 years ago)

    Good Lord, that looks and sounds AMAZING! I wish I had seen this earlier because I was just at WF today…and it’s a 40 minute drive from my house so it’ll be a while before I get there again. :(

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  6. The Voracious Vegan
    September 13, 2010 at 6:29 AM (10 years ago)

    OH MY GOD. I need that sandwich NOW. I have yet to try this coconut bacon, but hot damn…it really looks like it might do the trick to curb my insane craving…that I have been having for 3 years now. I used to start every single morning with 5 or 6 slices of bacon, so you can imagine how much I miss it. I bet the fatty cocconut flakes really do taste like bacon!

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  7. JoLynn-dreaminitvegan
    September 13, 2010 at 12:03 PM (10 years ago)

    Wow coconut bacon what a great idea and that sandwich looks so good. I’m with you I love blt’s, vegan of course, the salty, smokey flavor, fresh sweet tomato, crisp lettuce and buttery avocado on toasted bread. Is it lunch yet?

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  8. Alison Leah
    September 22, 2010 at 6:03 AM (10 years ago)

    This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it!!

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  9. Krys
    September 24, 2010 at 6:57 AM (10 years ago)

    I will be making this tomorrow. :)

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  10. Crystal
    September 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM (10 years ago)

    So, I finally made this. With Bryanna’s Veggienaise. It was one of the BEST sandwiches I’ve had in a very long time. I made the same thing but in a wrap format the next day and we took them with us for a picnic. I think I could have simply eaten the bacon flavored coconut straight up! I’m thinking it will also be a delicious addition to split pea soup and black bean soup.

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  11. allularpunk
    October 7, 2010 at 2:21 PM (10 years ago)

    i’ve been wanting to try this coconut bacon…i was never a huge bacon fan, but i do enjoy a nice fakin’ blt once in awhile. plus, i love coconut, so i’d really enjoy that little bit of leftover coconut flavor!

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  12. Melisser
    October 20, 2010 at 2:15 PM (10 years ago)

    I want this!!

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  13. Jessica
    January 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM (10 years ago)

    Oh my gosh. It looks just like bacon. That’s so weird. I am definitely trying this. Thanks for the idea!

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