There’s a healthier alternative to pork if you’re craving some bacony goodness. From a vegan breakfast to a BLT sandwich, coconut bacon is a wondrous substitute that’s easy and cheap to make at home. There are brands you might find in specialty stores, but don’t bother — they’re way too expensive! Try out this recipe instead.
3 cups flaked unsweetened coconut
3 Tbsp gluten-free tamari (can substitute in soy sauce)
2 Tbsp liquid smoke
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp smoked paprika
Sea salt to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a mixing bowl whisk tamari, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and smoked paprika together. Then add the flaked coconut into the mixture and lightly toss with a spoon to coat evenly.
2. Spread out evenly onto a baking sheet (or 2), heavily greased with coconut oil. Bake for 20 minutes but toss the mixture on the sheet every 5 minutes. Make sure you set the timer so you don’t forget and burn the whole batch (which we have done before!)
3. Sprinkle with sea salt right out of the oven and remove the coconut bacon from the baking sheet — it’ll be very hot and will continue to brown. Dump it onto a large plate or another baking sheet to cool.
4. Store in an air tight container or jar and use it on everything: kale caesar salad, avocado toast, a bacon mushroom melt, or even maple bacon scones! The possibilities are endless.