Coconut Bacon

Coconut Bacon

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, 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.

Coconut bacon is unsweetened coconut flakes that have seasonings added to taste like real bacon, then the seasoned coconut flakes are 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 these coconut bacon bits over your salads.

Coconut Bacon

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

Coconut Bacon on baking sheet

How To Make Coconut Bacon?

To make the Vegan 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.

Coconut Bacon in a white bowl

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45 kcal / 188 kJ
3 g
2 g
Per 100g

Cooking Time

5 min
37 min
Ready in:
42 min
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

Michelle Blackwood

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. Sue
    August 11, 2018

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Jessica
    January 4, 2018

    Oh my God I can’t wait to try this

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 4, 2018

      Hope you enjoy Jessica

  5. 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!!!