This is our Wicked Healthy take on an old classic, the BLT Club. There are lots of plant-based ingredients you can use to mimic the smoky elements for a BLT, like shiitake, maitake, eggplant, rice paper, or coconut, but today we’re shining the spotlight on the humble chickpea to create a powerhouse recipe, full of flavor and awesome texture! 



for the bacon chickpeas

for the lemon-garlic aioli

for the BLT Club Pita


to make the bacon chickpeas

  1. Add all of the bacon chickpea ingredients (except for the chickpeas) to a high speed blender, give it a whiz until smooth.
  2. Put the drained chickpeas in a bowl, plastic bag, or Mason jar and pour the marinade over the peas.
  3. Let marinate overnight, give it a shake or toss a few times if you remember.
  4. Once the chickpeas are fully marinated, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Drain chickpeas from marinade, then spread them evenly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring around after 5 minutes.

to make the lemon-garlic aioli

  1. Combine the three dressing ingredients.
  2. Chill until ready to use or make while your chickpeas are baking.

to assemble the BLT Club Pita

  1. Toast pita breads quickly, if you like. Assemble pitas with bacon chickpeas, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and dressing.
  2. Serve immediately.