If you knew how much bacon I’ve eaten in my life… it’s ridiculous. I’m a bit ashamed when I think about it. In a BLT, with eggs and breakfast potatoes, with pancakes… Bacon made an appearance on the menu pretty much every weekend. Smoky maple bacon to be precise.
But today, even though I haven’t eating “real” bacon for years, I really can’t say I miss it. Not with the array of compassionate options out there.
I often make tempeh and tofu bacon to top my polenta bowls or to garnish my sandwiches. I even tried rice paper bacon, which was really good but not as spectacular as the blogosphere said it to be. My fave though if without a doubt coconut bacon.
Don’t believe me? Ask Martin.
Writing this recipe made me so hungry that I had to make my way into the kitchen to get the jar. I had downed half of it when Martin came and took it away from me.
Thanks to the natural fat and crunch of coconut flakes, the result is impressive. In my opinion, it’s the one that’s the most similar to the real thing. It doesn’t make sense to keep eating the flesh of an innocent little piggy now does it?
To make it, you’ll need liquid smoke, which you can now find in many stores. If you have a hard time finding it, you can also order it online.
Cashew parmesan and this coconut bacon are essential ingredients of my Caesar salad with crispy cauliflower. Try it this weekend, you won’t regret it!
If you try this recipe, make sure to snap a picture and share it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #valisesetgourmandises. I wanna see your creations! And don’t forget to leave a comment below :)
What’s your favourite bacon?
- 1½ tablespoon shoyu soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup (use more for a sweeter bacon)
- ½ to 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon vegan Worcesteshire (optional, but so yummy)
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 cups coconut flakes
- Preheat the oven to 300F(150C).
- Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Add the coconut flakes and coat well.
- On an oiled baking sheet, arrange the flakes in a single layer. Bake for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn.
- The bacon is ready when the flakes are dry and crunchy.
If you try this recipe, make sure to snap a picture and share it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #valisesetgourmandises. I wanna see your creations!
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