A healthier egg and avocado blt using coconut bacon, adding avocado and a fried egg. Can leave out the fried egg for a vegan-friendly dish.
I’m not vegetarian, but I like to find ways to eat hearty, meat-free meals throughout the week. I do however, like bacon. We usually get turkey bacon, because, although I like the taste of pork bacon, I can usually feel my arteries clogging with each bite! Turkey bacon is a family compromise. My family eats it, because it’s their only option (perks to doing the grocery shopping.)
But even turkey bacon, although healthier, isn’t really good for you. I mean, what’s even in this oddly shaped and colored “bacon?”
Turkey bacon, according to the Jennie O site, is “chopped and formed,” “mechanically separated” turkey. The rest of the long ingredient list sounds more like the materials for a chemistry project than for food.
Call me crazy, but I read all the labels of the food we buy. I am constantly baffled by the amount of extra, hard to pronounce ingredients are in many of the “normal” products people buy everyday, like bread, cereal, and deli meat.
Because of this, I’m always looking for products that are not as processed or I’ll find a way to make it myself. Nine times out of ten, we actually like it better.
Coconut has been all the rage lately. Anyone can see by most of my recipes, in which coconut something or another regularly appears, that I’m a big fan. So, of course when I saw this “coconut bacon” all over Pinterest, I had to try it out for myself!
I’m not going to lie to you, it does not taste “just like bacon,” as some others have stated. On its own, it does have that smokey, crunchy quality that I love about bacon with a hint of coconut at the end. Along with other flavors, however, that coconut taste subsides.
If you’re a carnivore, I’m not saying this has to replace your bacon forever, but this is definitely a much healthier alternative and one you can enjoy from time to time. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, then this is right up your alley! Just omit the fried egg and you have a completely vegan meal.
Ah, just look at it. You gotta try this yummy sandwich, friends! Insert heart eyes emoji here.
- 1.5 cups unsweetened Raw Coconut Chips
- 1.5 tablespoons Tamari, soy sauce, or liquid aminos
- 1.5 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
- sprinkle of smoked paprika, optional
- sprinkle of pepper, optional
- ½ tablespoon butter or oil per egg
- 1 egg per person
- salt and pepper
- 1 fried egg
- 2 slices of toasted bread of choice (use gluten-free if needed)
- ½ ripe avocado
- ¼ cup coconut bacon, more or less
- 2-3 slices tomato
- lettuce or spinach
- salt and pepper
- mayo or mustard, optional
- This makes enough coconut bacon for 4-5 sandwiches. You can keep some on hand for other meals, on top of salad, etc. It lasts for a month or so stored in an airtight container. If you do not care for much extra, just half the recipe. Preheat oven to 325F. In a small bowl combine together soy sauce, maple syrup, and liquid smoke. Mix together the coconut chips and soy sauce mixture. Spread mixture evenly onto a lightly greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place into preheated oven and bake for 10-18 minutes, or until browned (exact time varies on oven) **Stir every 5 minutes to ensure even baking. Keep an eye out at around 8-10 minutes in. It can go from brown to burnt very easily! Remove from the oven as soon as the coconut is toasty brown. It will crisp as it cools.
- Coat the bottom of a small pan with coconut oil, butter, or other oil of choice. Place pan over medium heat. Crack your egg(s) into a bowl, being careful not to break the yolk. Once the pan is hot, add the cracked egg(s) into the pan. As soon as the outer edge begins to set and turn white, turn heat to low, cover and continue to cook until yolk is set or cooked to your liking. About 4-5 minutes for medium yolks, longer for firm yolks. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Remove eggs from the pan and place on a plate until needed.
- Mash avocado and slather on one piece of the toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Continue to layer avocado with coconut bacon, tomato slices, lettuce, and fried egg. Top with the second piece of toast. Cut the sandwich in half, if you prefer. Eat and enjoy!
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