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Coconut bacon is a real thing and I’m honestly still in shock over how similar this tastes to “real” bacon!!
I’ve always been a huge bacon lover (crispy bacon, of course). I loved BLT sandwiches, eating pancakes with bacon, and topping salads with freshly cooked bacon (I’ve never liked bacon bits).
Coconut bacon is sweet and crunchy – not to mention it’s an easy vegan treat (what more could you want?).
All you need for this plant-based recipe is coconut flakes, soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, some baking sheets, parchment paper, and seasonings of your choice!
Truth be told, I never thought that coconut flakes could actually have the same smoky flavors that bacon has.
Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still taste that coconut flavor (no matter what you do) but when you mix maple syrup, soy sauce, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, and shredded coconut together, it does sort of resemble real bacon!
Don’t believe me? I guess you’ll have to give this recipe a try and see for yourself just how similar coconut bacon is to the real deal!
Cooking coconut bacon is easy, but there are a few tips I want to share with you before you begin:
- Coconut burns quickly! I recommend baking this vegan bacon for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring the mixture every 3-5 minutes. If you want to do two flavors at once, mix up the liquid ingredients and divide your coconut bacon between two baking sheets. Then add the spices of your choice and toss to evenly coat!
- Liquid smoke is powerful. I wouldn’t use more than 1 TBSP of liquid smoke unless you add another cup of unsweetened coconut flakes. A little goes a long way, people!! Also, I highly recommend using smoked paprika – the smoky flavors aren’t quite the same without it.
- Coconut bacon stays good for a while. If you’re not going to eat it immediately, I recommend putting your coconut bacon into a freezer-safe bag. It’ll last for about 3 months!
If (and when) you make this vegan bacon, I highly recommend putting it on top of a southwestern salad, on top of a roasted sweet potato, or even in a green bean casserole!
I’m so, so excited for you guys to try this delicious recipe – even if you aren’t vegan, this is a great way to get that smoky bacon flavor without all of the sodium and grease!
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This sweet, smoky coconut bacon is a game changer – and it tastes just like “real” bacon! Sprinkle it on avocado toast, loaded mashed potatoes, or on top of a salad to add the perfect crunch.
- 2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- 1 TBSP Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 TSP Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 TSP Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 TSP Liquid Smoke
- Optional: Red Pepper Flakes, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Garlic Powder, etc.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix all ingredients except for coconut flakes in a medium-sized bowl.
- Slowly add the coconut flakes, and stir to coat.
- Place coconut flakes onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-20 minutes tossing frequently (they burn easily!).
- Let the coconut bacon cool for 5-10 minutes, then eat right away or store in the freezer*.
*Coconut bacon lasts up to 3 months in the freezer – and it doesn’t take long to thaw!
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