Vegan BLT Sandwich with Waffle Iron Tofu Bacon – Skinny Ms.

Waffle iron tofu bacon? Once you try it, you’ll be a believer!

This delicious tofu bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich offers all of the traditional flavors of a good old BLT!

It’s safe to say that bacon is off-limits when you’re following a vegan or plant-based diet. That’s too bad, because bacon happens to be super delicious. There’s something about bacon’s sweet, salty, ultra-savory flavor that just makes everything taste better! Not to mention that it’s pretty impossible to make a classic BLT without it. Vegan bacon alternatives have never quite hit the mark until we realized you could make tofu bacon in the waffle iron. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a Vegan BLT Sandwich that hits all the notes that make the original sandwich shine.

This recipe doesn’t require a lot of advanced planning, either. The waffle iron tofu bacon only needs to marinate for a few minutes, and you don’t have to press all of the water out of the tofu, either. Simply give the tofu a light press, combine the ingredients, fire up the waffle iron, and get ready to enjoy your new favorite sandwich.

The Ultimate Vegan Substitute for Bacon

Now our plant-based eaters can enjoy the classic flavors of a BLT with our Vegan BLT Sandwich with Waffle Iron Tofu Bacon

It might sound weird to make tofu bacon in the waffle iron, but it totally works. Unlike other tofu bacon cooking methods, the waffle iron does a perfect job of squeezing out the tofu’s excess water. That allows it to crisp up more effectively, just like real bacon!

(Want to try making your own tofu at home? We’ll show you how!)

It’s important to start with a firm or extra-firm tofu and slice the block into 1/2-inch pieces. Any thicker and the bacon won’t crisp up. Thinner slices tend to burn when exposed to the waffle iron’s heat, so 1/2-inch is perfect. After about four to five minutes in the waffle iron, the tofu should be golden brown and crispy. Every waffle iron is different, though. So if it’s not quite there yet, keep cooking it in one- to two-minute increments until it reaches the desired level of crispness.

While the waffle iron is the key to giving the tofu the right texture, the marinade is where the magic really happens. We combine salty, savory soy sauce with sweet maple syrup and smoky paprika, cumin, and coriander. The tofu soaks in all those flavors, resulting in a product that tastes pretty similar to real bacon.

Build Your Vegan BLT Sandwich

Our nutritious Vegan BLT Sandwich with Waffle Iron Tofu Bacon makes a fantastic lunch or dinner!

When the bacon is finished cooking, it’s time to build this Vegan BLT Sandwich. Grab a few slices of whole-grain bread (or pick up your favorite gluten-free bread, if you prefer). We like toasting our bread for a brief minute to give it a lightly caramelized flavor and a crunchy texture, but you can skip this step if you prefer a softer bread for your BLT. Then, layer on the vegan mayonnaise, waffle iron tofu bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce.

There are several vegan mayonnaise options at the grocery store, but you can also make your own plant-based mayonnaise. Our recipe uses an avocado combined with olive oil, soy milk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and a little salt. It’s so easy to make, and it’s good in the fridge for up to a week!

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