Coconut Bacon

I know this post might be a bit tough for some of you, my friends.

Cause we’re talkin’ about bacon.

I promise I’m not gonna get into how bad it is for us, I’m really not.  It’s a personal choice, in my opinion.

I’m also not here to argue over how good bacon tastes. Remember, I’ve only been a vegan for two years.  I REMEMBER how good bacon tastes.

But I do know that some people can’t or don’t eat bacon, or truly want healthier options.

There is something amazing about this coconut bacon thing. Drool.

Coconut Bacon

It has a crunchy texture and a smoky flavor and really tastes about as close to bacon as it gets.  These little bites are more like bacon “bits,” but to me they taste a million times better than the bagged bits.

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I love to eat coconut bacon on salads, in wraps, with mixed nuts, or on a “loaded” baked potato!  The possibilities truly are endless.

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Someone make this pronto, and let me know what you think!

*I find large flaked coconut at a health food store like Whole Foods Market or Earthfare or on Amazon if you don’t have access to those stores!

Coconut Bacon
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup large coconut flakes
  • 2 T organic soy sauce (or Tamari if gluten free)
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • ½ t liquid smoke
  • ¼ t smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir gently with a spatula.
  3. Spread evenly on pan.
  4. Bake for 6 minutes.
  5. Take out of oven and stir.
  6. Bake for 6 more minutes.
  7. Use your discretion here to see if it needs more time. It should be golden, but not black. Be very careful, as 30 seconds can make a big difference.
  8. Let cool completely (they harden as they cool).
  9. Store in freezer safe dish or bag in the freezer.

 

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