Who doesn't love a loaded baked potato?  I was skeptical as to how this would turn out because I was fearful that a vegan baked potato wouldn't be quite the same as the traditional kind from my childhood.  I remember as a young child, waiting in long lines for countless years at the Wisconsin State Fair for a loaded baked potato!  They were my favorite as a child but of course they were topped off with real butter, sour cream, cheese, and bacon.  Sadly, I didn't know any better back then.  However, I have the rest of my life to make up for it! 
This vegan baked potato is just as good and is bound to leave your craving satisfied!  I usually make these for dinner when it's been a long night and we don't have much time.  Whenever I have physical therapy I don't get home until 7:15 pm and my husband and I don't have time to eat beforehand.  So, I serve up this loaded baked potato alongside a large portion of steamed broccoli!  This is a perfect meal for a dinner in a hurry!  You could even use smaller baked potatoes and make this a side dish!  This recipe serves two.


2 baking potatoes
Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread
vegan shredded cheese (I like the Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds in cheddar)
vegan sour cream (I usually use the Tofutti brand)
vegan bacon bits
2 green onions
freshly ground pepper

How To:

Scrub the baking potatoes under cold water until clean.  Pierce the potatoes with a fork on all sides.  Place both of the potatoes on one microwave safe plate.  Cooking times will vary per size of the potato.  I usually use the potato setting on my microwave.  I place them in the microwave and hit the potato button.  When it's done I flip the potatoes, and hit the potato button one last time.  If you don't have a potato setting, I would start with about 5 minutes and turn the potatoes halfway through.  Cook the potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork all the way through.

When potatoes are done, place the potatoes on separate plates.  Slice the potatoes lengthwise making sure to not cut all the way through and only halfway down the sides.  Make several cuts the opposite way just on the top of the potato and then gently break apart the top of the potato with a fork working down to the bottom and sides of the potato to loosen everything up. 

Top off with your desired amount of Earth Balance butter and sprinkle with the vegan cheese.  I like to microwave my potato for an additional 45 seconds at this point.  Top it off with your vegan sour cream and slice one green onion with a kitchen scissors over the top of each potato.  Sprinkle with bacon bits and add some freshly ground pepper if you'd like!  Serve with a side of steamed broccoli and you've got yourself a meal in less than 10 minutes!

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