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Vegan “Elvis” Sandwich with Tempeh Bacon

Vegan "Elvis" Sandwich

Recently, someone I know told me that she’d eaten a vegan “Elvis” sandwich in a New York City eatery. Curious, I learned that Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich was grilled peanut butter, banana, and bacon. It sounds a bit odd, but the combination is curiously good in this vegan recipe. The biggest modification is that smoky tempeh takes the place of bacon; natural, organic peanut butter and whole grain bread make it healthier. It’s a bit intense, but for active people or hungry teens, this could be a big hit. Multiply the ingredients given here for more sandwiches. It makes a great school lunch.

Vegan “Elvis” Sandwich with Tempeh Bacon

Makes: 1 sandwich


  • Earth Balance or olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 slices seasoned tempeh strips, homemade or prepared
  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth, as desired) as needed
  • 1/2 medium banana, thinly sliced


  1. Heat just enough Earth Balance or cooking oil spray in a small skillet. Cook the vegan bacon on both sides over medium heat until lightly browned and crisp.
  2. Meanwhile, spread the peanut butter on both slices of bread. Top one of them with banana slices, then with the cooked bacon. Cover with the other slice of bread.
  3. Grill the sandwich in the heated skillet on both sides over medium heat until the bread is golden brown. Serve at once.

Vegan "Elvis" Sandwich recipe

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    February 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Sounds yummy and nutritious. Peanut butter is very versatile in vegan dishes. I also happen to love banana so adding banana to a sandwich sounds like heaven. Must try this one. Thanks for sharing.

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    February 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Hope you enjoy it, Dee. The vegan bacon sounds like an odd addition, but it really is good!

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    June 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Nava, I think your son got his Elvis sandwich at “Terri” on 23rd St. Sadly, I haven’t seen it on the board any more.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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    June 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    You know, I’m pretty sure you’re right! Luckily, it’s so easy to make at home, even if Terri is no longer offering it.

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    August 22, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Hi I’m going Vegan tommorow should I eat this for breakfast because its vegan what should I eat for lunch and dinner do I eat this everyday ??

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