Coconut Bacon Recipe

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Coconut Bacon Recipe

Crispy Coconut Bacon is so addictive, coconut flakes with a smoky-sweet flavor is an amazing treat to add to your sandwiches, salads, or wherever you need to replace bacon in your recipes!

Coconut Bacon

What is Coconut Bacon?

For years I have been hearing about coconut bacon recipe. I was never interested in testing a recipe,

I have even seen it sold in health food stores and I just moved along.

It is unsweetened coconut flakes that have seasonings added to taste like real bacon.

Coconut flakes are seasoned and baked until crispy.

Seasonings like soy sauce, smoked paprika, cumin, maple syrup, liquid smoke, smoked salt.

However, ever since I moved to Florida, I have been motivated to create more Southern-style cuisines.

It is amazing how many of the dishes have bacon, ham, smoked turkey neck, etc added to them for a smoky flavor.

I have had great results using smoked paprika, liquid smoke, and bacon made from coconut to achieve that smoky flavor. Like my Southern Fried Cabbage and my Southern Collard Greens.

It is my motivation to recreate the Southern dishes without meat but having a similar taste and texture. You can even sprinkle them bits over your salads.

Coconut Bacon

Some great recipes are online for vegan bacon, check them here. and Southern Fried Cabbage and I plan to add it to my potato salad.

Coconut Bacon on baking sheet

How To Make Coconut Bacon?

Use the large coconut flakes that are unsweetened, you can find them at the health food store or online here. You can find liquid smoke and paprika online as well.

Combine olive oil,  Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, maple syrup, paprika and liquid smoke in a bowl.

Toss with the coconut flakes.

Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes turning halfway.

Coconut Bacon in a white bowl

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(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 45 kcal / 188 kJ
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 37 min
  • Ready in: 42 min
  • For:
  • 16 Servings



  1. Preheat oven 325 degrees F. Mix olive oil, Bragg's liquid aminos, maple syrup, liquid smoke and paprika in a bowl. Toss with coconut flakes, making sure to coat the flakes evenly
  2. Spread evenly on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes turning every 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, the coconut bacon will get crispy when cooled
  3. Store in an airtight container.


Coconut Bacon

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Dawne
    December 17, 2020

    I am about to make the coconut bacon but I am about 90% Whole Foods Plant Based. Is the oil absolutely needed for this since coconut naturally has oil?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 17, 2020

      Dawne, you can leave the oil for sure. I need to go oil-free but honestly, I love the flavor and caramelization of oil, so I’m a work in progress. The struggle is real!

  2. Michelle
    October 15, 2020

    Thanks! (: )I am going to use today to put into a vegan haluski: thats Polish cabbage and pasta. I will cook the cabbage in a crockpot and add the coconut bacon once that is cooked.

  3. Gloria
    July 29, 2020

    You are a marvel! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes that are exactly what I need as I’m vegan and I also must eat gluten-free. I’m excited about the quinoa tabouli and am anxious to try it as well as many of your other recipes. Will rate your recipes after I’ve tried them.

  4. Michael
    June 28, 2020

    This Coconut Bacon recipe is a revelation! SO GOOD!! Thank you very much, Michelle!

  5. Karen S
    May 9, 2020

    Made it!! Loved it!!!

  6. Debee
    March 22, 2020

    I have a question actually, I do not have liquid smoke but I do have smoked salt however. What measurement would I use, hoping I can replace it with the salt? Thank You 😉 Debee

  7. Enari
    February 11, 2020

    burnt outcome after following directions,,,sadness

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      February 11, 2020

      Enari, I’m sorry this happened, oven temperatures differ so the coconut bacon recipe needs to be checked on so it doesn’t burn.

  8. Sue
    August 11, 2018

    This is delishious! So glad I found your site. Even my carnivore husband liked it.

  9. Beverley
    March 2, 2018

    What is liquid smoke? Can this be done without it?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 2, 2018

      Beverley it is a smoked flavored liquid that gives food a smokey, barbecued flavor and yes it the flavor can be obtained without it by using a combination of smoked paprika, cumin, and even roasted sesame oil.

      • Enari
        February 14, 2020

        Kindly clarify. Are you saying that a substitute for liquid smoke is the three listed ingredients together? If yes in what proportions?

  10. Brenda Lawson
    February 27, 2018

    I’m assuming unsweetened coconut?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 27, 2018

      Yes Brenda, thank you I need to edit because although I never buy the sweetened kind, I take it for granted that the sweetened kind is more readily available.

      • Brenda Lawson
        March 4, 2018

        Thank you. I’m new so just wondering. Thank you for getting back to me :)

        • Michelle Blackwood
          March 4, 2018

          You are welcome Brenda. Congrats on your journey!

  11. Jessica
    January 4, 2018

    Oh my God I can’t wait to try this

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 4, 2018

      Hope you enjoy Jessica

  12. Dunori
    January 3, 2018

    Wow… if I knew this was so easy to make I would’ve been doing it loooong ago. Thank you!!

    • Jamie
      June 21, 2018

      Awesome ? I can not wait to try this I love the flavor of bacon!!!

      • Becca
        April 6, 2020

        These are so good! I need more recipes to add these too!