How to make fake bacon using coconut

How to make fake bacon using coconut

We’re not about to bash bacon. Bacon has a intoxicating smoky flavor that adds a unique intensity to everything from salads to gourmet doughnuts. And it’s darn good. Since we eat about 90% mostly whole food plant based (WFPB), we do allow ourselves a bit of bacon every once in a while. But most of what we cook at home is vegetarian and vegan. And it’s incredibly hard to imitate that unique flavor that bacon can add to a dish. Enter: coconut bacon!

What’s coconut bacon?

Enter: homemade coconut bacon. It might sound a little odd: coconut that tastes like bacon? But after experimenting with this concept, Alex and I agree it is definitely worth making! Wide strips of coconut are infused with a spicy, smoky flavor that both crisps in the oven and maintains intermittent chewy parts, reminiscent of the crispy and fatty texture of bacon.

While its shape and size are not a substitute for bacon strips on a breakfast plate or in a BLT, it works perfectly sprinkled in a salad or on one of those fancy gourmet doughnuts. Oh, and for snacking. (Pop them in the freezer for a quick fix of smoky, salty goodness; they thaw in a few seconds.)

How to make fake bacon using coconut

The ingredients you’ll need

Making vegetarian bacon is a surprisingly straightforward process and requires only a handful of ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Unsweetened large coconut flakes. Do not use shredded coconut! It won’t give you the right consistency. Double check that your coconut flakes large are unsweetened.
  • Olive oil
  • Sriracha hot sauce
  • Soy sauce (or liquid aminos for soy free)
  • Liquid smoke This one’s required! There’s no good substitute for liquid smoke, but it’s fairly easy to find at the grocery store and online.

How to make coconut bacon

Coconut bacon couldn’t be simpler! You’ll need 20 minutes of total time, plus the time it takes to preheat your oven. Here’s how to make coconut bacon:

  1. Stir: Gently stir together the coconut strips with olive oil, Sriracha hot sauce, soy sauce, and liquid smoke.
  2. Bake: Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 14 minutes, stirring halfway through. Coconut burns quite easily, so you’ll need to keep an eye on your vegetarian bacon near the end of the cook time.
  3. Cool. The coconut bacon will continue to crisp up as it cools, so don’t worry if it’s not perfectly crunchy when you pull it out of the oven.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

How to store it (to keep it crispy)!

After your coconut bacon is cooled, you can enjoy it right away! Here’s a trick to keep leftovers crispy. Store leftover vegan bacon the freezer! Yes, place it in a sealed plastic bag or container and pop it in the freezer. This keeps the bacon crisp, and it comes back to room temperature right when you take it out!

Other ways to make vegan bacon

There are a few other ways to make vegan bacon outside of using coconut! Here are our other favorite methods:

This vegan coconut bacon recipe is not only so easy to make, but it can be used in so many ways! Only 8 ingredients and 10 minutes to done!

How to make fake bacon using coconut

This is a cookbook review written by me on behalf of Jackie Sobon, for which I received a free copy of the book. All the opinions and text are my own.

I love it when flavors you would never expect come together into something amazing. This sandwich was a home run way to use the coconut bacon!

Ingredients

This coconut bacon is super simply to make with only 8 ingredients!

  • coconut flakes
  • maple syrup
  • liquid smoke
  • salt
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • smoked paprika
  • black pepper

How to Make Coconut Bacon

This bacon is so easy and I love how different this sandwich is. I mean, I can only eat PB&J for so long people. This fancy feeling treat is just what I need!

  1. Mix coconut bacon ingredients in a bowl. How to make fake bacon using coconut
  2. Spread on parchment and bake. This takes a total of 10 minutes. How to make fake bacon using coconut
  3. Use it any way you want, like this unique and delicious BLT! How to make fake bacon using coconut

This amazing recipe comes from a book from a fabulous friend, Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack. Her newest masterpiece, Vegan Yack Attack On The Go, is her second book and just as incredible as the first.

Jackie is super talented, with a taste for putting together ingredients like you’ve never seen. Smoky bacon like flavor with sweet peaches, is the ultimate combo you never knew you needed

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Serving suggestions

If you love coconut bacon on this sandwich, you’ll also love incorporating it in these recipes:

Tips and tricks

  • You can sub the vegan mayo on the sandwich for another sauce. I tried this using a little of my citrus cream sauce instead and it was incredible!
  • If you’re not using right away, store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
  • You can also freeze it for up to 3 months!
  • Let refrigerated or frozen coconut bacon reach room temperature before you use it.
  • I’ve found that unsweetened coconut flakes create the best texture for this vegan bacon recipe, as opposed to shredded or fresh coconut.
  • Make sure you bake until the coconut bacon begins to turn amber brown, that way you know it will have the perfect crunch!

Common Questions

They’re all so good! But in my opinion homemade coconut bacon like this recipe, or mushroom bacon are my favorite go tos.

There are many varieties of vegetarian bacon, this version uses coconut. You can also make a bacon alternative with mushrooms, tempeh, or tofu.

It tastes salty and smoky, the perfect elements from traditional bacon!

With any smoky and salty alternative made from coconut, mushrooms, tempeh, or tofu.

More Sandwich Recipes

Whether it’s a picnic lunch or a busy weeknight, sandwiches are always a crowd pleaser! These easy to make plant based recipes are great to have on hand:

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Coconut Flake “Bacon” – Coconut chips/flakes baked with soy sauce or tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke and a touch of sriracha. Vegan bacon!

How to make fake bacon using coconut

True story: The first time I heard the term “coconut bacon,” I thought it just meant coconut-flavored bacon.

Turns out it’s actually unsweetened coconut CHIPS (not flakes) with flavorings to make it taste like bacon! And no, it doesn’t taste like coconut.

Since I’ve been trying out other meat substitutes like jackfruit, I thought it would be fun to try vegan bacon too!

How to make fake bacon using coconut

I tried at least 4 different versions of coconut bacon. This version though? It’s grandpa approved.

If you know my grandpa, you would know he’s a big bacon guy.

I gave him a bag of this stuff and asked him to try it, without telling him what it was. As he tasted it, his eyes lit up and he reached for more, saying “It tastes like bacon!”

Seriously wish I had a video of it.

Obviously he knew I wasn’t giving him real bacon, so once I told him what it was, he took back a little bit of his excitement. Meat-eaters can’t be converted in one sitting, guys. They get pretty wary about meat substitutes.

But I still take his first reaction to be the most credible.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

It sounds weird, but measuring the coconut chips can be tricky depending on the brand you’re using. The bag I got from Trader Joe’s said there was less than 2 cups inside, but I measured close to 5 cups!

That must mean that they “pack” it when it’s measured (like you would brown sugar). Other recipes I’ve seen I haven’t seen any mention of packing. Something to just be aware of when you’re making these!

You want the coconut chips to only be lightly coated with the liquid. If it seems soggy, measure in more coconut chips.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Side note/life lesson: be very careful with liquid smoke bottles! The first time I went to try this, the bottle fell from the cupboard and broke. Liquid smoke everywhere.

My kitchen smelled like a barbeque for a week.

Also: What do I call this? Fak-on? Coco-con? Baco-nut? I’ll work on it.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

The first time I tried coconut bacon was at a vegan restaurant in Sebastopol over a year ago. Sarah, Gerry, Carla and I had finished setting up our food styling and photography workshop and ordered gluten free pizza and vegan caesar salad from a nearby restaurant. I was skeptical about the coconut bacon on the salad and I had questions. What is coconut bacon? How is it made? How could coconut possibly taste anything like bacon? How??

But then I took a bite, and all my questions (and many prayers I didn’t realize I had) were answered. Fat flakes of coconut were infused with the flavor of wood smoke, sweetness, and a deep umami. It tasted just like super crispy bits of bacon. I was hooked.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

I turned to vegetarian guru Katherine of Cookie + Kate for a recipe. I now make coconut bacon on the regular and have tweaked the method and ratios to my taste and oven over time, so I wanted to share it here.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

4 Ingredients to Vegan Coconut Bacon Bliss

Coconut bacon starts with large flakes of coconut. I like Let’s Do Organic brand, which has a good mix of large, curvaceous flakes and smaller bacon bit-sized pieces. Next I use gluten-free tamari, which adds salt, umami, and a bit of golden color. Maple syrup adds sweetness.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Liquid Smoke = bacon flavor without the meat!

The key to that earthy bacon flavor is liquid smoke. I found a bottle at my co-op near Worcestershire and BBQ sauces, and it can also be ordered here. I’m guessing liquid smoke varies in strength from brand to brand – mine is super strong – so start with less than recipes call for and add more accordingly. If you don’t have any liquid smoke on hand, try Laura’s recipe from The First Mess which relies on smoked paprika and smoked salt. You could also try smoked maple syrup or smoked soy sauce as substitutes for liquid smoke if you don’t have any available.

Now that you have a bottle of liquid smoke, you may find yourself doing like my friend Emma and splashing it into baked beans, chili, baba ganouj, soups, stews, mac and cheese, or anywhere else you crave fire-roasted flavor.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Is vegan coconut bacon healthy?

Flaked coconut is full of healthy fats and fiber. Coconut bacon is gluten-free (as long as you make it with tamari) and vegan to boot. I like adding it to salads or breakfasts to give me a dose of satiating fat. But mostly I love the salty/sweet taste and crispy crunch that it adds to dishes. That’s healthy in my book. It does contain saturated fat and sodium, so of course don’t eat it if you’re avoiding those things! Otherwise it doesn’t take much to add a big burst of flavor.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

How to use coconut bacon?

Coconut bacon is heaven anywhere you’d use regular bacon: on salads, soups, baked potatoes, roasted vegetables, grain bowls, veggie breakfast bowls, polenta, pasta, pizza, or avocado toast, among others.

Here are a few favorites:

Do you make or eat coconut bacon? How do you like to use it?

How to make fake bacon using coconut

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Coconut bacon, salty and with all the smoky taste you know from the real thing. This coconut bacon is super quick to prepare and only needs 3 ingredients and approx. 10-15 minutes until you have created a crispy vegan bacon alternative that doesn’t let you miss the animal counterpart.

You can eat the plant-based bacon over salads, or on sandwiches and breads.

Here you have a sugar-free vegan bacon recipe that is oil-free, optionally gluten-free and optionally soy-free.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

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We conjure up a smoky flavor bacon alternative from coconut chips, which is very crispy and also makes a hearty snack. with a great umami flavor.

Best Vegan bacon recipe, who says that we, vegans, or those who eat plant-based foods have to live without a smoky taste. It’s a great alternative to use for your meatless Monday and you will not miss the real bacon. This will satisfy your bacon cravings.

You do not need any vegan butter, oil like canola oil, grapeseed oil to get them cripsy. Just with whole foods.

I know there are tons of coconut bacon recipes on the internet. My recipe works completely without sweeteners like maple syrup. I think coconut is naturally slightly sweet and doesn’t need extra sweetness to conjure up a great vegan bacon breakfast.

Instead we focus on just 3 ingredients and voila you have created a smoky, salty bacon in whole food plant based.

Even if you don’t think it tastes 100% like pork bacon, the smoky taste will convince you.

We always have some coconut bacon in the fridge, so we can have a quick salad topping or my children have a snack. They absolutely love coconut bacon.

There are plenty of bacon alternatives made with like coconut bacon, vital wheat gluten (seitan) bacon, carrot bacon, rice paper bacon recipe. Keep reading to get my favorite vegan bacon recipe: Coconut Bacon.

What is coconut bacon?

Are you wondering what coconut bacon is? It’s a popular vegan version of the classic smoked bacon. These vegan bacon bits can be used on veggie burger, scrambled egg. The crispy texture adds a nice crunch.

Thanks to the soy sauce and the liquid smoke, you won’t taste any coconut and the coconut chips are baked crispy in the oven, so it’s definitely worth trying this variant.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Ingredients List

Let’s take a look at the three ingredients that go into this great vegan bacon. The exact quantities can be found below in the recipe card.

Unsweetened Coconut Flakes or Chips

Substitutions

Even if there are only 3 ingredients, we can also make substitutions here.

Soy Sauce

Thanks to the soy sauce, we get the salty taste in this vegan bacon recipe. But you can also use tamari (gluten-free) and coconut aminos (soy-free and gluten-free).

Liquid Smoke

I know you won’t find liquid smoke in every supermarket. I use this liquid smoke.

If you don’t want to buy liquid smoke, you can use smoked paprika powder. The taste of the smoke is then not as intense as with the liquid smoke.

Variations

Let’s take a look at how we can adapt coconut bacon to different diets. The recipe is already oil-free and sugar-free.

Gluten free

This vegan bacon is super easy to make gluten free. Simply replace the regular soy sauce with tamari or bragg’s liquid aminos.

Soy free

Since soy sauce is used in the original recipe, it is not soy-free. However, we can make a quick adjustment by using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. This is how you have a soy-free coconut bacon recipe. You may need a little more coconut aminos because it’s not quite as salty as soy sauce.

Nut free

I know some count coconuts as nuts and some don’t. If you count coconut as a nut, we can’t call this bacon alternative nut-free. You can also try tempeh or mushroom bacon here.

If you don’t count coconuts as a nut, then this is a nut-free recipe.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Now take a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. We will not use a frying pan with oil instead we bake it without adding any oil.

Put the coconut chips, soy sauce, liquid smoke in a large bowl and stir until the coconut flakes are all coated with sauce.

Spread the coconut flakes evenly on the baking sheet. Now bake the coconut bacon for about 10 minutes. After about 4 minutes, look how it looks and turn it over.

After 10 minutes, keep an eye on the color of the coconut bacon. The coconut bacon takes between 10-15 minutes, but it also burns very quickly.

Let them cool completely. The end result, you have got your own vegan bacon. Smaller Pieces make great bacon bites.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Prepare in advance

As already mentioned, we usually have coconut bacon in the fridge. You can prepare and store this very well in larger quantities. Just put it in an airtight container.

Recommended Equipment

Let’s see what you can use in this coconut bacon.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Vegan Serving Options

You can really use coconut bacon in so many ways. I would like to show you a few examples here where the smoky and salty flavour is an amazing addition.

Sandwiches And Wraps

Storage

You can store the coconut bacon at room temperature for about 2 months. To do this, put in a closed container.

How to refrigerate it?

The coconut bacon keeps in the fridge in a sealed container for approx. 3 months.

How to freeze it?

To keep it crispy, just store it in the freezer and just take it out just before serving. It is important that you keep the bacon in a sealed container.

How to get it crispy?

If the coconut bacon is not crispy enough for you, simply reheat it briefly in the oven. Be careful not to burn it.

It is significant that you use coconut chips or coconut flakes and not grated coconut to get larger pieces of coconut bacon. You can also use rasps if you want to sprinkle it over food for decoration.

Make sure you are using unsweetened coconut. Here in the US, a lot of them are sweetened and with sulfur added. Look at the list of ingredients, I’ll take the ones that only have coconut on it.

It is essential that you really observe it after about 10 minutes. Coconut burns very quickly, and we don’t want that.

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How to make fake bacon using coconut

I’ve had coconut bacon multiple times at vegan restaurants and I couldn’t wait to make some at home! Most recipes you see online are made from very similar ingredients like tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke and smoked paprika-all necessary for that classic bacon flavor! It took me a few tries but finally I was able to come up with a good ratio of those ingredients to mask the coconut flavor and transform the coconut flakes into crispy savory smokey bacon!

You won’t find a lot of faux meat recipes on my blog- I really never liked meat (one of the biggest reasons I stopped eating it) and I don’t miss it at all. Thankfully, there’s tons of recipes on the internet for when you are looking for a meat substitute! Although, with that being said, this vegan coconut bacon is SO GOOD and perfect for when you are craving bacon, or just if you want a tasty savory topping on toast, salad, sandwiches, etc!

How to make fake bacon using coconut

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this vegan coconut bacon is making an avocado BLT toast with a little vegan mayo, mashed avocado, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, basil and some black pepper as seen on my Instagram. I highly recommend trying it this way- SO delicious and filling!

It’s so easy to make and it’s ready in less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

Tips for Making Vegan Coconut Bacon

-Watch is super closely! The first time I made this, I burnt it SO bad because it went from done to burnt way too fast.

-Make sure to buy UNSWEETENED coconut flakes. These are the ones I use (also called coconut chips)

-On that note, buy coconut flakes, not shredded coconut. Coconut flakes will resemble bacon bits.

-Let it cool completely before eating! It will crisp up more as it cools.

How to Make

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then, add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and stir well.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Lay the coconut bacon on the baking sheet in an even layer and bake on the middle rack for 7 minutes. Then, remove from the oven, flip, and bake for another 7-8 minutes until the coconut starts to turn a deep golden brown color and the edges look crispy.

This will result in some chewier pieces and some crispier pieces. Bake a little less for more chewy, or bake a little more for more crispy pieces.

Note: watch this very closely because the coconut bacon can burn very fast!

Over the course of history, people have been experimenting with cooking like crazy. It’s only fair – after all, food is what brought us together as a species in the first place. And after people noticed that cooking improves the taste of their food, a large room for improvement has been created. Hence all the experimentation that goes on in the kitchens of the world.

All major food discoveries have had some deliberate purpose behind them, and every region-specific cuisine is the result of hundreds of years of cultural influences and scientific research. So then you might wonder, what is the thought process behind replacing bacon with…coconut?

Let’s back up a bit – what is bacon? Bacon is probably one of the most popular foods in existence. It is, quite frankly, a piece of American history. Farmers used to take pieces of salt-cured pork and slice them up and throw them in a pan with some eggs in the morning.

The number 1 rule for breakfast in the old days was that it had to be made of things that require little effort to prepare. This is why bacon is so popular – all you have to do to get tasty bacon is take it out of the packaging and throw it in a sizzling hot pan. But what if you’re following a vegan diet or don’t like fatty foods, and yet want to enjoy the crispiness and saltiness of bacon without the obvious health considerations?

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Well, there are plenty of ways to make bacon replacements out of vegan ingredients. Today, however, we will explore a more “unorthodox” way of doing it. I say ”unorthodox” because when you hear ”coconut” you probably don’t automatically think ”great, tastes like pork!”.

Coconut is a delicious ingredient by itself, being used in many vegan recipes, in the form of flakes, oil, or milk. It’s even used predominantly in vegan recipes, like cakes, protein bars, and other desserts. Come to think of it, you’ve probably never heard of coconut being used for anything else than desserts. But today we’re going to make bacon out of it, and trust me when I say that it’s gonna be the best vegan bacon you’ve ever tasted! 🙂

I should start by saying that this recipe isn’t going to look exactly like fresh strips of bacon. Because we are going to be using coconut flakes, which are smaller in size and larger in number, it will look more like finely chopped bacon, ready to be put in a salad – a healthy salad!

The taste, however, should be similar to everyone’s favorite pork product, even if texture-wise the finished product might come out a bit creamier than real bacon, due to the coconut flakes’ natural oils.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Still, just like my other vegan bacon recipes, it’s a worthy recipe to try, because it’s ready very quickly and it’s got a much better nutritional value than real bacon. There is room for experimentation in the marinade sauce, which I made from garlic powder, smoked paprika, soy sauce and other magical ingredients that you will find out once you read the recipe below!

What you do with it and how you serve this particular recipe for vegan bacon is all yours to decide! Due to its flaky nature, you can serve in a salad or a Buddha bowl. You can mix it with other ingredients like tofu and baby spinach leaves, and it will serve as the main flavor source.

You can add this type of bacon to your kids’ lunch in the form of a sandwich. Of course, you can have your vegan bacon traditionally, for breakfast, along with toast and your favorite egg replacement. The point with easy recipes like this is to have fun and customize them to your preference! 🙂

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Your kids are the ones who are definitely going to enjoy this recipe! You can create many kid-friendly recipes with this healthy version of bacon. You can spruce up their parties by adding it to the creamy dip or serving it as a mid-day snack. The possibilities are endless, and I’m sure the whole family will love your vegan bacon!

I hope you will have fun trying this recipe out. Please tell me how it came out, I can’t wait to hear some feedback!

Vegan Coconut Bacon

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Here’s a crazy idea: vegan bacon made from. coconut flakes! Can you believe it? If not, try this recipe for vegan coconut bacon and get ready to be mind-blown!

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Although I have made a lot of different types of vegan bacon, vegan coconut bacon is my all-time favorite. Not only is vegan coconut bacon easy to make, but the taste and texture are also clearly the closest taste to the real thing according to my family.

Again, let me stress how simple it is. With four ingredients and 20 minutes, you have the perfect topping for potatoes, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and mac and cheese.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR VEGAN COCONUT BACON?

First, you need to find the core ingredient, unsweetened coconut chips. If you have a Trader Joes in your area, or any Kroger Store (Frys on the west coast). Often, I order my coconut chips online, because sometimes I can only locate flakes, which do not work as well for this recipe.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

NOTE: COCONUT CHIPS (BELOW) MAKE BETTER VEGAN COCONUT BACON

How to make fake bacon using coconut

THE FOUR INGREDIENTS TO MAKE MAGICAL VEGAN COCONUT BACON

  • Unsweetened coconut chips
  • Maple Syrup
  • Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • Liquid Smoke

Not only is vegan coconut bacon easy to make, but it also keeps fresh for 7 days in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the microwave.

WHAT DOES VEGAN COCONUT BACON GO WELL WITH?

How to make fake bacon using coconut

VEGAN BLT

For instance, vegan coconut bacon is the perfect bacon for a thick and delicious vegan BLT sandwich.

Another great way to use coconut bacon is inside a chickpea omelette.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

CHICKPEA OMELETTE

And, one of my favorite ways to use bacon is in my Vegan Broccoli Salad with Coconut Bacon

How to make fake bacon using coconut

VEGAN BROCCOLI SALAD WITH COCONUT BACON

OTHER WAYS TO USE VEGAN COCONUT BACON

    topping
  • On top of a salad or soup
  • Inside a wrap with your favorite sandwich spread
  • Mixed in air-popped vegan popcorn

My family LOVES coconut bacon; so will yours.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Vegan Coconut Bacon

Crunchy, salty, and decadent, vegan coconut bacon is so delicious. Add it to your pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads, or any dish you love. Savory goodness is so easy to make.

What the hell is coconut bacon and should you be eating it?

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Giving up bacon may be one of the hardest parts of going vegan or vegetarian. It’s so difficult, in fact, that many people even make bacon an exception in their meat-free diet. Or, bacon can serve as the gateway drug that converts vegans or vegetarians back to the dark (meat) side.

For vegans and vegetarians who have eliminated bacon, a new vegan hack is coming to the rescue. Meet coconut bacon: A replacement that’s been making waves in the food blogging community for some time now and is about to rock your meat-free world.

Coconut bacon is made with unsweetened coconut flakes that have been mixed with salt and spices and baked in the oven to achieve a flavor and consistency that’s remarkably like the real thing. Recipes differ slightly, but typically include soy sauce, maple syrup, salts or spices and liquid smoke. If you can’t find liquid smoke, smoked salt or chipotle powder will do the trick.

The baked coconut flakes retain only a subtle trace of their original flavor—the smoke and spice dominating the conversation instead. It’s not just about flavor, either. Baked in the oven, the flakes become oily and crispy, mimicking the texture of crispy bacon.

Every once in awhile, a vegan craze hits the blogosphere like this. There was the popular flax egg, aquafaba (an egg replacement made from chickpea brine that is just starting to make waves), or using avocado in baking or smoothies. More than just passing trends, these tricks really strike a chord because they actually taste good.

Coconut bacon should be no exception. Oddly addictive, this bacon crumble-like treat goes well on salads, potato skins, nachos and, of course, maple bacon doughnuts. It’s also good by the handful.

Learn how to make vegan bacon three ways! Crispy, smoky, salty, and slightly sweet, it’s just as good as the real thing.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Whenever I take a tray of vegan bacon out of the oven, Jack, my bacon-loving husband, appears instantly. “What’s this?” he asks. As soon as I say, “Vegan bacon,” he reaches for it right away. Now, Jack is no fool. I make vegan bacon three ways: with tempeh, with coconut, and with shiitake mushrooms. None of these ingredients transforms into an exact replica of real bacon, and they wouldn’t fool him for a second. However, seasoned the right way, they have all the traits that make bacon so irresistible: they’re smoky, salty, and slightly sweet with a perfect crispy texture.

You’ll find all three of my vegan bacon recipes below, along with my favorite ways to use them. Each one is easy to make and really darn good. Even the most devoted bacon fan (re: Jack) won’t be able to get enough of them!

Vegan Tempeh Bacon

First up: tempeh bacon! It has a delectable crispy, meaty texture and a tangy, smoky flavor. If I’m craving a side of bacon strips with pancakes or French toast, this type of vegan bacon is always my first pick. I also like to pile it onto a veggie club sandwich or crumble it up to make bacon bits to top onto salads and baked potatoes!

To make it, I season thin strips of steamed tempeh with a flavorful marinade. Tamari or soy sauce makes it salty and savory, rice vinegar adds tangy flavor, maple syrup sweetens it up, and olive oil adds richness. Then, for a final smoky touch, I add a pinch of smoked paprika (no need for liquid smoke here!). Let the strips marinate for 30 minutes. Then, spread them onto baking sheets and bake until they’re crisp and charred around the edges. To make bacon bits, let the strips cool slightly, then use your hands to crumble them into bits.

Coconut Vegan Bacon

Coconut bacon is quick and easy to make – just toss unsweetened coconut flakes with tamari, maple syrup, and smoked paprika, and pop them in the oven until they’re golden brown and slightly crispy (they’ll crisp up more as they cool). It’s totally delicious, but it’s also totally addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you when it disappears in a snap!

I like to sprinkle crispy coconut bacon over creamy soups like my potato soup and vegan corn chowder. It also adds a perfect savory crunch to these vegan stuffed potato skins!

Shiitake Mushroom Vegan Bacon

If you’re looking for an all-veggie bacon substitute, shiitake bacon is the one for you! The mushrooms themselves have a rich umami flavor, so just two ingredients turn them into delectable vegan bacon: tamari and extra-virgin olive oil.

Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel (don’t wash them, or they won’t crisp up in the oven), and slice the caps into thin strips. Toss them with the tamari and olive oil and bake until they’re shriveled up and crispy, tossing halfway.

When the mushrooms come out of the oven, pile them onto a veggie BLT, stuff them into a breakfast burrito, or tuck them inside breakfast tacos!

What’s your favorite vegan bacon recipe? Let me know in the comments!

How to make fake bacon using coconut

I know what you’re thinking — coconut bacon?

I, too, used to assume that a vegan interpretation of bacon was pure folly. Few foods inspire the wholehearted adoration that bacon seems to receive, and few bacon lovers concede a substitute. I’ve even seen t-shirts reading “vegetarian…except for bacon.” But, as with cashew cheese, banana ice cream, and so many other creative vegan dishes, there’s a way to capture the smokiness, saltiness and flavor of bacon. I realized this when I first discovered eggplant bacon, and now I’m discovering it with this easy vegan coconut bacon, too.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

I’ve had coconut bacon at raw eateries before. The ones I’ve tried were made with young coconut meat, but to me, that’s such a special and precious ingredient that I hated the idea of overpowering it with a marinade. I think the easiest way to make coconut bacon at home is to use either large flake coconut or coconut flakes. Both are a form of dried coconut, but the pieces are large and chewy (rather than shredded or desiccated, as with much of the dried coconut you find in supermarkets). The texture is awesome–perfect for sprinkling onto salads or atop baked potatoes.

If you’re having a hard time finding coconut flakes or large flake coconut, you can definitely find it on Amazon, and you can probably find it at a local health food store, too.

You can make this recipe for coconut bacon in your oven, or you can prepare it with a food dehydrator. I love the oven version because it’s so fast and easy, but the dehydrator will help you to keep the flakes from burning as they cook, which yields even results. Though I must confess that I love the slightly burnt edges!

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Did you know you can make an awesome plant-based bacon alternative out of coconut chips? Well, if you haven’t tried it yet – what are you waiting for? You only need 6 ingredients for these smoky ‘bacon’ chips and they can be made in only about 15 minutes.

Usually, I like to add these to burgers, wraps, and tacos, but I can never resist walking by the jar of coconut bacon and not having a few to snack. They are smoky (thanks to the liquid smoke), have a nice balance of sweet and salty thanks to the maple syrup, soy sauce, and salt.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

This is what they look like before and after baking. Just keep a close eye on them, then you’ll be fine. Flip them around once or twice, so that they get crispy on all sides. You’ll be rewarded with delicious vegan coconut bacon in – almost – no time.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

The vegan bacon can be stored in an air-tight jar at room temperature for at least a week without losing its crispiness. However, make sure you’re are letting the batch cool off completely before putting them in a jar.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Serve it the Coconut Bacon …

  • with tofu scramble for breakfast
  • in a wrap filled with salad and veggies or tomatoes, cucumbers and Mediterranean tofu scramble
  • in a burger
  • on a salad

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I hope you will enjoy this ‘bacon’ as much as I did! Let me know if you give it a try!

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Fed up with “But Bacon?” comment when someone finds out you’re vegan? Or perhaps Facon isn’t doing it for you anymore? Maybe this recipe is for you!
Bacon seems to be the big thing for anyone trying to give up meat. But if you narrow down the actual tastes of bacon, it’s essentially just the salt and fats that are addictive; both of which can be vegan! So I experimented a little with my favourite vegan fat, coconut oil! Plus the saltiness of soy (or tamari for the GF-ers). Combined, these flavours make a perfect, bacon-tasting coconut flake!
However, these would not be complete without the smokey flavour, that I love on all my food. No fancy smokers are used though. It’s just a simple addition of liquid smoke. If you haven’t heard of it, it might sound a little fancy, but I assure you it’s available in most supermarkets and is well worth a buy (especially if you are as smokey as me).

So this time I’ve used coconut for the bacon base, yet there are countless vegetables and other weird and wonderful ingredients that can be used to make vegan bacon. Rice paper, aubergine, carrot… Maybe if you’re lucky i’ll put my head down and create some exciting bacon recipes using the same marinate ingredients as below!

How to make fake bacon using coconut

Bacon bits are so easy to make, yet bring such a unique flavour and texture to your dishes. It’s a great recipe to learn, make and jazz up your dishes. My non-vegan friends were loving my coconut bacon topping on pizza the other night, even the one who hates coconut. To those who are still dubious, just go and try it! See if it reminds you of the Western Worlds favourite meat.

One last tip, don’t bake it again. If you want to use it on cooked food, put the coconut bacon on AFTER, otherwise it will go brown to black. Too smokey even for me.

Let me know how it goes and what you used your “bacon” on!

This coconut bacon is a great addition to salads, sandwiches, soups. even desserts! But don’t let me fool you-this stuff is addictive. You’ll get to the point where you’ll barely be able to walk by a bag without grabbing a handful of the stuff. or is that just me? This coconut bacon recipe is super easy to make, and a great way to teach non-vegans that we make damn good food too! All you need is coconut, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and liquid aminos!

Coconut Bacon [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Serves

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine liquid smoke, liquid aminos, maple syrup, and water in a large mixing bowl. Pour in flaked coconut, using a wooden spoon to gently toss the coconut in the liquid mixture. If adding smoked paprika, add and toss to coat evenly. Once the coconut is evenly coated, pour it onto a non-stick baking sheet and slide in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, using a spatula to flip the ‘bacon’ about every 5 minutes so it cooks evenly. This stuff WILL burn if you’re not keeping an eye on it and regularly flipping it, so please do. Coconut bacon can be stored in a sealed bag or container for up to a month, refrigerator optional.

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Amber St. Peter

I’m Amber, the author of ettle Vegan. I made the transition to a plant-based diet about six years ago. I was born and raised in a town in Maine and grew up eating an omnivorous diet, feasting on plants and animals we grew and harvested ourselves. These days, Alex and I live in Long Beach, California with our Pit Bull Maddie. I do the cooking and the photographing, he does the taste-testing and social media. We make a great team!

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This recipe is awful because it neither so much as opines on a liquid smoke nor demands light nonstick sheets/pans. It neither gives a smell for oven doneness nor provides legit cross-linking for the coconut to toughen.

I\’m torn between \’wrap it in nutted kale that was good for crisping\’ and \’prep as standoff on bright pans to roasting turnip at 400 deg. F.\’ Better in July 2017, please!

Hello, I tried this recipe and there is something missing. The taste was fine but it remained just as crumbly as the coconut. Did you forget the liquid or the binder ( flaxseed etc…) ? We just put some on the cheese before adding the egg to our sandwich. I guess I will put the rest on yogurt.

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How to make fake bacon using coconut

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Ingredients: Coconut flakes (80%), Tamari (filtered water, soybeans, sea salt), evaporated coconut nectar, cumin, sweet Spanish paprika, thyme, natural wood smoke, Himalayan pink salt.

Warning: Product contains soy and tree nuts (coconuts). Processed at a facility that also handles sesame seeds and cashews.

True bacon lovers don’t believe in substitutes. The problem? Bacon is not the best for you.

This vegan alternative offers the smoky flavor and crunch of bacon without the nitrates and sodium of pork. Crumble it on a salad, add it to a BLT or serve it with roasted Brussels sprouts.

Vegan Coconut “Bacon”
Make this gluten-free by using tamari gluten-free soy sauce. Yields 3 cups

Ingredients
3 cups large, unsweetened coconut flakes (not shredded)
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons liquid smoke (any flavor; can be found at grocery stores and Amazon)
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons of smoked paprika (optional)
Pinch of salt

Directions
Heat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.*

In a bowl, whisk the soy sauce, liquid smoke, maple syrup, paprika (optional) and salt. Add coconut flakes and mix thoroughly.

Spread out flakes in an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake on the middle rack for 12 to 13 minutes, flipping halfway, until flakes are mostly dry and golden on the edges.

Let cool for 5 minutes; the flakes will continue to crisp.

Use immediately or transfer to a freezer-safe bag. Coconut bacon keeps well in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for several months.

*If you do not have parchment paper, coat a foil-lined baking sheet or regular baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

How to make fake bacon using coconut

In our compassionate recipe, the coconut provides the fat, the liquid smoke provides the smokiness, the tamari provides the salt, and all together, it’s incredibly flavorful!

  1. 2 tablespoons liquid smoke (hickory or mesquite flavor)
  2. 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
  3. 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
  4. 1 tablespoon water
  5. 3½ cups (200 g) unsweetened coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, stir together the liquid smoke, tamari soy sauce, maple syrup or agave nectar, and water.

Add the coconut flakes to the bowl, and using a rubber spatula, gently toss together the coconut with the liquid mixture until the coconut flakes are thoroughly coated.

Transfer the coated coconut flakes onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer so they cook evenly, and place the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, and stay close by.

After 10 or 15 minutes and every 5 minutes thereafter, you will want to toss and flip the flakes using a spatula. This is not only to make sure the flakes cook evenly but also to ensure that they don’t burn, and they will burn if you don’t regularly toss them.

Depending on your oven, you may also need to turn the baking sheet around to ensure they cook up evenly. As you continue to check, feel free to taste to make sure they’re nice and crispy. They will be a nice brown color when they’re done, and if you test them, you’ll notice the coconut flavor is pretty much gone.

Remove from the oven, and let cool before storing in a sealed bag or container. (They continue to crisp up as they cool.) The coconut bacon will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks—in or out of the refrigerator.

Suggestions for Serving

  • Make a classic Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich with some avocado slices!
  • Top a baked potato with a couple tablespoons, as you would with bacon bits.
  • Offer the coconut bacon as an option for a salad topping.
  • It’s a great garnish for soup.
  • Sprinkle them on top of your favorite Macaroni & Cheese recipe or on top of pasta.

For Your Information

Look for unsweetened coconut flakes in the bulk section of your grocery store; packaged brands include Edward & Sons/Let’s Do Organic and Bob’s Red Mill (USA only).

For Your Edification

Liquid smoke adds a wonderful depth of flavor to so many dishes, and a little goes a long way. It’s a great staple to keep in the cupboard, and you’ll find yourself using it often to add a smoky flavor to your favorite recipes.

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