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!
For years I have been hearing about coconut bacon but somehow I was never interested in testing a recipe, I have even seen it sold in health food stores and I just moved along. 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, and or liquid smoke 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.
After researching online, I saw some recipes that used a combination of soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and paprika. I loved the ingredients that I saw in Simple Veganista's recipes and I made an adapted version. I didn't make Simple Veganista's so I don't have a comparison, all I know is mine tastes perfect and I couldn't stop eating them. I already added it to my vegan cheese sandwich and Southern Fried Cabbage and I plan to add it to my potato salad.
To make the 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 and toss with the coconut flakes.Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes turning halfway.
- 45 kcal / 188 kJ
- 3 g
- 2 g
- 5 min
- 37 min
- Ready in:
- 42 min
- 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.