Take your ordinary vegan BLT sandwich up a few notches with this Avocado Chickpea BLT. This irresistible sandwich is stuffed with a perfectly seasoned avocado chickpea mash. It’s then topped with smoky tempeh bacon, lettuce and tomato to complete this vegan BLT! A quick and easy lunch that can be ready in minutes!
avocado chickpea mash
This is the heart of the sandwich!
It turns a BLT that would otherwise be slathered with mayo into a healthier oil-free sandwich. So ditch the mayo because this sandwich is filled with a guacamole style chickpea avocado mash.
Plus, it only takes 2 simple steps to make
- mash the chickpeas to your liking
- mix in the avocado, onion, seasonings and lime juice
Tip: A ripe avocado will easily mash up during the mixing process.
To save any leftover mash, top it with extra lime juice (you can pour it off when you’re ready to eat). Then place plastic wrap on top so it is touching the mash. This will help prevent the avocado from unwanted browning.
I like to keep lunch as simple as possible so for this Avocado Chickpea BLT I usually purchase these organic tempeh bacon strips. It has a pleasant smoky flavor that compliments the sandwich.
Of course you can always opt for making your own. The internet is filled with vegan bacon recipes. Some are made with tempeh, but there are also many other foods you can use such as…
- rice paper
…And more. Check out my Pinterest board ‘vegan bacon recipes‘ for some of these recipe ideas.
bake your bacon
The packaged tempeh bacon I used recommends to heat it up in a pan with oil. But I’m a rule breaker and like to bake my tempeh bacon. If you’re looking to be my sidekick, heat up your oven to 375ºF. Bake the bacon for 15 min, then flip and bake for another 10-15 minute.
Bake the whole package of ‘bacon‘ and store any leftovers in the fridge. Enjoy it cold, or simply reheat the leftover tempeh bacon when you’re ready to build your next sandwich.
build your Avocado Chickpea BLT sandwich
Place the lettuce on the bottom piece of bread. This will keep the mash from turning the bread soggy. Now add a few spoonfuls of the avocado chickpea mash. Then top with extra seasonings if desired: salt, pepper, cayenne etc. Finish it off with a few slices of tomatoes and vegan bacon.
Now devour your Avocado Chickpea BLT! (or toss it in your lunch bag for later)
sides for your sandwich
- plantain chips (or your favorite chip)
- fresh fruit
- dill pickles
- pasta salad
- oven baked fries
For another easy vegan sandwich try my Apple-Walnut Chickpea Salad Sandwich. It’s just as irresistibly good!
This irresistible avocado chickpea BLT sandwich is stuffed with a perfectly seasoned avocado chickpea mash. It's then topped with smoky tempeh bacon, lettuce and tomato to complete this vegan BLT! A quick and easy lunch that can be ready in minutes!
10 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
Yields 3 sandwiches
1 large avocado, diced
1 and 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas, or 1 (15oz) can drained and rinsed
3 Tablespoons red onion, finely diced
juice of 1/2 a lime, about 1 Tablespoon
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt to taste, I use slightly less than 1/2 teaspoon
pepper to taste
6 slices of bread, use gluten-free if needed
Tempeh bacon or vegan bacon of choice
- Start by cooking your vegan bacon. If you are using packaged tempeh bacon you can keep it oil free. Bake at 375ºF for 25 minutes flipping it halfway through.
- Smash the chickpeas to your liking. Smash it all, or leave a few whole beans.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Toast the bread if you'd like.
- Place the lettuce on the bottom.
- Top with a few scoops of chickpea avocado mash, lettuce, tomato slice and tempeh bacon.