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.
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.
I love to eat coconut bacon on salads, in wraps, with mixed nuts, or on a “loaded” baked potato! The possibilities truly are endless.
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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir gently with a spatula.
- Spread evenly on pan.
- Bake for 6 minutes.
- Take out of oven and stir.
- Bake for 6 more minutes.
- 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.
- Let cool completely (they harden as they cool).
- Store in freezer safe dish or bag in the freezer.