Crispy Coconut Bacon is so incredibly delicious, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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- Categories: Gluten-Free, Vegan
- Course: Side Dish
- Cuisine: Southern
- Energy: 45 kcal / 188 kJ
- Fat: 3 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Preparation: 5 min
- Cooking: 37 min
- Ready in: 42 min
- For: 16 Servings
- 2 cups coconut flakes, (unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Bragg's liquid aminos
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 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
- 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
- Store in an airtight container.
I made this coconut bacon to top your Southern Fried Cabbage recipe. The cabbage was probably great on its own, but this bacon was my favorite part and now I’m excited to use it in place of bacon-bits on other recipes!
This looks amazing and excellent
Super interesting recipe! I wouldn’t have thought to make bacon from coconut, but it’s really great! I did want to ask if the coconut bacon needs to be refrigerated or not. Thanks for the neat recipe! :)
Cori, yes it is best to refrigerate in a ziplock bag or container with a tight-fitting lid.
Oh boy, sending before I complete the cooking, on my second 5 min turn…I ‘m sold!! I ‘m 5 months into vegetarian lifestyles and I prepare a few of your recipes
Breea, congrats on your decision to be a vegetarian, I’m so happy you are enjoying my recipes. Thank you very much for sharing your feedback.
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?
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!
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.
Michelle sounds yummy, I’m going to have to prepare that recipe since I love cabbage so much.