vegan bacon avocado toast

Vegan Bacon Avocado Toast

I love avocado toast. My basic avocado toast recipe is usually enough to satisfy the craving, but sometimes I want to craft something “fancier.” Whether it’s a relaxing Sunday brunch or a breakfast option with extra protein before a busy day, this tempeh-topped vegan bacon avocado toast is a delicious version of this millennial favourite. Admittedly, I very much fit that cliche. 

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For a low-spoon, wait-free version of this recipe, you could use Lightlife’s smoky tempeh strips as your “bacon.” I haven’t tried it in this context, but I love them on their own! I have no doubt this would be just as tasty.

Or, you could switch out this simple avocado mash with the seasoned version from our brunch-worthy avocado toast. This version is ready for brunch already, but the extra flavour would take it up a notch!

Similarly, feel free to use the tempeh bacon from this recipe as a side for your other favourite brunch dishes. It’s plenty delicious on its own, too, of course.

Add a hot sauce drizzle or make your version of a vegan BLT. Make this recipe your own! All that matters is that you love the final, tasty result.

vegan tempeh bacon avocado toast

Vegan Bacon-Topped Avocado Toast

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices

Equipment

  • Skillet or griddle

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package tempeh sliced thin
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice optional
  • 8 slices bread of choice

Vegan Bacon Marinade

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or substitute
  • 3/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup sugar-free, if desired
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • paprika to taste
  • nutritional yeast optional, for topping

Instructions
 

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Coat tempeh slices in sauce, ensuring each slice is submerged. Allow them to soak for at least half an hour, but preferably an hour or longer for optimal flavor.
  • Grease skillet, if necessary and cook tempeh “bacon” over medium-high heat.
  • Toast chosen bread. While it’s toasting, mash avocado, adding lemon juice to preserve colour if desired.
  • Top toast with mashed avocado, then finish with slices of tempeh bacon.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
  • Serve & enjoy!
Keyword Avocado, Tempeh, Vegan, Vegan Bacon

Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried this vegan bacon-topped avocado toast, or tag us @anideallifeblog on your favourite social media platform!

White Bean-Avocado Salad

Like many people, I enjoy a cold sandwich option come summertime. It’s just too darn warm out to eat many hot options. And turning on the oven to cook? Ugh. For non-vegans, these are often made with simple deli meats or chicken, tuna, or egg salads. We vegans can use substitutes like Tofurky’s deli slices to replicate an omni sandwich. And, if you’ve used our referral link to order them through Instacart, you’ve saved $10 in the process! Or, we’ll use out signature creativity to come up with recipes like chickpea “tuna” or tofu “egg” salad…or this white bean-avocado salad.

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My go-to white bean-avocado salad can be eaten in a sandwich. But, really, the options are endless. This would be great atop a standard green salad, over toast, or even as a dip, especially if mashed a little extra! I’ve put guac on tortilla chips, I’ve put bean dips and hummus on tortilla chips, but not this white bean-avocado salad (yet)!

However you serve, I genuinely think you’ll enjoy this gluten-free/vegan recipe. The creamy avocado blends beautifully with the mashed beans, while the dijon and basil lend it a remarkable spice. Even the lemon juice, included primarily to keep the avocado from browning, offers a refreshing tang!

As with any of my recipes, I encourage you to add, substitute, and otherwise adjust the ingredients and methods to make a dish you’ll absolutely love. Be sure to share in the comments or @anideallifeblog if you find an especially tasty version of this or another An Ideal Life recipe!

 

White Bean-Avocado Salad

It may not be the prettiest dish on its own, but this white bean-avocado salad is a tasty, refreshing option for topping salads, making sandwiches, and more!
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 sandwiches

Equipment

  • Potato masher or large fork

Ingredients
  

  • 2 15 oz. cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed or alternate white bean of choice
  • 2-3 avocados diced adjust according to size of fruits & personal preference
  • 1 tbsp dried basil or substitute 2-3 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dijon mustard to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt, pepper, or preferred spices optional, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Toss diced avocado in lemon juice to coat thoroughly.
  • Mash half of the white beans thoroughly, until mostly smooth.
  • Add avocado and remaining white beans to the puree and stir lightly to combine.
  • Begin mashing the mixture, then add dijon and basil or additional herbs.
  • Continue mashing, making sure to evenly distribute spices.
  • Chill until ready to serve, then enjoy atop a green salad, on a sandwich, over toast, or as a tasty dip!
Keyword Avocado, Dijon, White Bean, White Beans

Serve this at your next summer picnic or whip up a batch for an easy lunch. However you make it, it’s sure to be delicious!


Brunch-Worthy Basic Avocado Toast

Like so many posts here on I’ve written, the story behind this recipe take place in England.  Really, avocado toast was my primary sustenance while living abroad (save, perhaps, for chips with a drizzle of vinegar)!  Whether I met up with a friend for brunch at Boston Tea Party or needed a filling breakfast before class, it was quick and delicious!  Over time, I’ve made my avocado toast recipe my own.

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The amounts below are largely estimated, since I “wing it” every time.  That being said, this recipe is extremely customisable. Originally, I topped it with a light sprinkle of red pepper flakes, but I soon realised I prefer it without. I’d occasionally try it with a bit of cumin or chili, but this is plenty delicious topping-free.  When I later discovered Aldi’s Who Needs the Bagel? seasoning, it was my go-to for a while. That’s the version pictured below!

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In short, adjust to your heart’s content! A drizzle of sriracha would add some tasty spice, or you could add some other veggies for something even more nutritious. Or, try my tempeh-topped vegan bacon avocado toast for a version with more bulk and smoky flavour.

basic avocado toast

Basic Avocado Toast

Enjoy brunch-worth avocado toast without leaving home!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2 slices

Ingredients
  

  • 1 avocado large, ripe
  • 2 slices bread
  • 3/4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice approximately
  • 1/2 tsp salt approximately
  • 1/2 tsp cumin approximately
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder approximately
  • 1/2 tsp paprika approximately
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder approximately; can substitute garlic salt, but I usually hold the regular salt!
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper optional
  • 1 pinch everything bagel seasoning optional

Instructions
 

  • Toast bread. 
  • While toasting, halve avocado and scoop out the fruit. Mash with fork. 
  • Add oil and lemon juice, combine. 
  • Add salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder.  
  • Scoop out half of the avocado mixture and spread on toast. Add remaining mixture to second piece of toast.  
  • Top with crushed red pepper flakes, everything bagel seasoning, or your preferred topping, if desired.  

Tried it?  Let us know what you think and be sure to share your version of my basic avoocado toast in the comments below or @anideallifeblog!