Smoky, 5-Ingredient Vegan Coconut Bacon Bits

September 27, 2017
Before I transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle, I used to love bacon. It was my favorite breakfast food, sandwich ingredient, snack, garnish, etc. Given enough time, I could find a way to incorporate bacon into any meal. Fast-forward to the present day. I no longer eat bacon, but I can still appreciate the savory and slightly smokiness that is associated with it. These Coconut Bacon Bits add the perfect amount of crispy bacon-like flavor to any meal. Plus, they're free of all of the less-than-great aspects of real bacon--including animal fat and excessive oil. I love sprinkling these vegan coconut bacon bits on pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and soups, and I am sure you will, too.
Coconut Bacon Bits

Smoky, 5-Ingredient Vegan Coconut Bacon Bits

Recipe Type: Appetizers Salads
utensils YIELDS 2 1/2 Cups
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  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes or shreds
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. Combine the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and salt together in a small mixing bowl.
3. Place the coconut flakes into a large bowl. Pour the liquid mixture over the flakes and mix to combine.
4. Spread the flavored coconut flakes out on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake coconut bacon bits for 15 minutes.
6. Let cool and crisp to room temperature before serving.

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Olivia Parr is the founder of Caramel Coated Wellness, a whole-food, plant-based food blog and personal chef business based in North Carolina. After reading Food Over Medicine and The China Study, she decided to get more serious about her interest in helping people overcome health issues with plant-based food. Olivia graduated from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies with a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition.


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