Monday, December 3, 2012

Vegan Bacon Cheezeburger

It seems appropriate that this should start with something deliciously unhealthy even though I try to be pretty consistently healthy with my food choices. There is a food truck called Arlo's in Austin that serves the best burgers I have ever had, unfortunately for me they open at 8 pm and are not in my normal travel zone. I have only tried the vegan bacon cheezeburger so I can only vouch for that but have heard good things about other menu items.
Anyways, I was craving one the other day around lunchtime and thought I could try and create a burger that would satisfy. Oh, I did. This is the Savory lentil Burger from Fat Free Vegan.
I followed the recipe and it came out perfect, Susan really knows her stuff!
I used store bought whole wheat buns and follow your heart mozzarella for the cheese, with pickles, red onions, lettuce, tomato and veganaise. It really hit the spot!
For the bacon part I used coconut flakes, it takes about 15 minutes to make and is super good.
Coconut Bacon
1 C large flake coconut
1.5 Tbs. Tamari
1 Tbs. Maple syrup
2 tsps. liquid smoke
Cayenne to taste (optional)

Set oven to 350 degrees. Mix together wet ingredients and cayenne. Toss with coconut. Spread on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes. Watch carefully it will be done before you know it! I usually stir every few minutes to coat evenly.

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