Bacon has definitely been over used in the food world and I’m sick of it! There’s a healthier and compassionate alternative if you’re craving some bacon-y 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 I say don’t bother. They’re way too expensive! So start fakin’ your bacon and try out this recipe.
Once you taste this recipe, you’ll be sprinkling coconut bacon on literally EVERYTHING. Start your heavenly fakin’ bacon journey by baking up some maple bacon oat scones!
coconut fakin' bacon
Coconut fakin' bacon is a wondrous substitute that's easy and cheap to make at home.
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
In a mixing bowl, whisk low-sodium soy sauce or 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.
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 or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes but toss the mixture on the sheet every 5 minutes. Make sure you set the timer so you don't forget and burn the whole batch (which I 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.