How to Make Coconut Bacon
We get it. People love bacon. And it's one of the things cited often when people say they could never give up meat. But if you're looking for that crispy, smoky flavor, this coconut bacon recipe might just do the trick for you.
There used to be a company called Phoney Baloney's that made outstanding coconut bacon. But sadly, they stopped production last year. And McCormick makes Bac'n Pieces that are vegan. But they have more of a crunch than a crispy, bacon-like texture.
Thankfully you don't have to rely on finding vegan bacon bits in the store. Once you realize how easy it is to make coconut bacon on your own, you'll never go back!
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Challenges to making coconut bacon
To be honest, there are two challenges when making this coconut bacon recipe.
First, finding the right coconut. You want the large, wide unsweetened coconut strips, not shreds. Trader Joe's has the perfect kind of coconut, but you can find others online, too.
Second, you have to watch it REALLY closely towards the end of cooking. It can go from lightly browned to burnt quickly. That's one reason I made this coconut bacon recipe using my Mealthy CrispLid air fryer. (Curious about the CrispLid? Check out our video using it to make tots.) It's easy to see it while it's cooking. Even so, you can see a few pieces got a little extra brown. I ate them anyway. They didn't taste as burnt as they looked.
Don't worry; I also include oven instructions.
We love this coconut bacon sprinkled on soups, salads, baked potatoes - anywhere you would use bacon bits. While the pieces are a little small, the flavor would work well in a vegan BLT, too.
Now that you know how easy it is to make coconut bacon are you going to try it? How will you use it?
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