You are going to love this coconut vegan bacon! Not only is is so easy to make but it is an awesome savory alternative to bacon that you can enjoy anytime! This coconut vegan bacon is also paleo and can be Whole30 approved as well!
I was vegetarian for almost 10 years! I started out more of a carb-atarian, where I would pretty much only eat my weight in pasta, pizza and cereal! Eventually, I started incorporating vegetables into my diet as well! I slowly started learning about the importance of protein and started eating the “meat replacements” including a fake meat bacon that I enjoyed so much.
As I continued my journey learning about food and eating less processed foods, I cut out those fake meat replacements and started to find ways to make my own version of the flavors I missed! I grew to love my black bean burgers and quinoa meatballs, but couldn’t quite figure out how to get that flavor of bacon that I missed so much! So I stalked the internet and found out that people were making temph bacon and it looked so promising. But I hated it and it hated me back (upset stomach) so I used the same seasonings and started making this instead!
To be honest, I’ve had this recipe to share for years, but couldn’t get the pictures the way I wanted them so the recipe sat in my draft folder forever! I finally was able to figure out the pictures and can’t wait for you to make this super simple coconut bacon recipe!
How to make coconut bacon without liquid smoke:
You will notice I don’t use any of liquid smoke because it’s not my favorite, so instead I use smoked sea salt (affiliate)! Have you tried it before? The smoked sea salt adds that same smoky flavor as liquid smoke but it’s not as over-powering. It’s also easier to use just a small pinch so you can control the flavor more.
However, if you like liquid smoke and don’t want to go out and buy smoked sea salt, you can use 1 1/2 tsp. of liquid smoke in place of the smoked sea salt!
What kind of coconut do you need to make Coconut Vegan Bacon?
This recipe uses both the large coconut flakes as well as the finely shredded coconut flakes. Be sure you only but unsweetened coconut flakes for this! You can but both at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or get them on Amazon or Vitacost. I always have a few bags in the pantry so I can make bacon anytime! And after you try this recipe, you will too!
Coconut Vegan Bacon
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- In a large bowl combine the coconut aminos, maple syrup, garlic powder, cumin and smoked sea salt. Stir well.
- Add the large coconut flakes and finely shredded coconut flakes and stir until fully coated.
- Add to the oven and bake for 18 minutes. Remove and stir.
- Put the coconut bacon back in the oven for 7 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely and enjoy.