Bacon has definitely been over used in the food world and we're sick of it! There's a healthier and compassionate alternative if you're craving some bacony goodness at breakfast time, on a caesar salad, or in a BLT sandwich. Coconut fakin' bacon is a wondrous substitute that's easy and cheap to make at home. There are brands you might find in specialty stores, but we say don't bother. They're way too expensive! So start fakin' your bacon and try out this recipe.
3 C flaked unsweetened coconut
1/4 tbsp gluten-free tamari (can sub soy sauce)
1 tbsp liquid smoke
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp smoked paprika
sea salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 325 F. In a mixing bowl whisk tamari, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and smoked paprika together. You can adjust any of the measurements to make it smokier, saltier, or sweeter. It might just be a matter of preference for some people.
Then add the flaked coconut into the mixture and lightly toss with a spoon to coat evenly.
Spread out evenly onto a baking sheet (or 2) heavily greased with coconut oil. Bake for 20 mins but toss the mixture on the sheet every 5 mins. Make sure you set the timer so you don't forget and burn the whole batch (which we may have done before!)
Sprinkle with sea salt right out of the oven and remove the coconut fakin' bacon from the baking sheet, which is so hot it will continue to brown. Dump it onto a large plate or another baking sheet to cool.