Let’s talk about bacon. It’s beloved by many, that is for certain. In the past just the mere mention of bacon on a menu item would most likely entice me to order it. I could eat bacon with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For Sunday Supper this week, we’re sharing oh so many recipes that feature bacon! Now…I know what you’re thinking: “ummmm Katie….you’re a vegetarian. What in the world would you be doing with bacon?” I realize it seems absurd. But my friends, there is a magical little thing in this world known as coconut bacon, and I am going to show (and tell) you alllllll about it today!
I’ve been a vegetarian for years now. At first, I would have told you the meat I missed most was bacon. There was just something about it that I had a feeling I would be sad to leave behind. Needless to say, I got over it, but being able to create something meatless that brings me back to the flavor of bacon was something that I absolutely could not pass up.
I had been hearing about coconut bacon for quite some time now, and I knew I just needed to jump in and create some in my kitchen to see if it lived up to the hype. I mean, the curiosity alone was enough to get me to put all of the ingredients together. It only requires a few ingredients, a couple of minutes in the oven, and bam! Meatless bacon…aka coconut bacon. It’s a thing.
Although it isn’t technically bacon, this coconut bacon brings out similar flavors in comparison to the “regular” version. You get some salt from the tamari, sweet from the maple syrup, and hickory flavor from the liquid smoke. I was always the person who wanted SUPER crispy bacon, so these thin shavings of coconut give you that satisfying crunch. When you pair everything together on this toast, it is pretty much breakfast, lunch, snack…WHENEVER perfection.
I mean, can you really go wrong with anything that involves avocado? Nope. Creamy avocado, sweet grape tomatoes, salty and crispy coconut bacon (oh, and don’t forget the drizzle of balsamic glaze either) – it’s a flavor and texture home run in my book. You could even add an egg on top for brunch perfection. As I’m writing this, I’m seriously ready to run back to the kitchen and make another one with a fried or poached egg. Oh boy.
If you don’t want to use all of your coconut bacon at once, the good thing is that you can store it in the refrigerator for a few days in a sealed container OR freeze it for even longer! You’ll have the ability to make coconut bacon creations on demand. Score. This particular recipe will make enough for about 6 pieces of avocado toast, so you can always double or triple the recipe to make extra for later!
So…I’m curious – would you be willing to try out the vegetarian version of bacon? Or, if you have experienced coconut bacon in the past, what did you think?
- For the coconut bacon:
- 1 cup shaved coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- Salt and pepper
- To serve:
- Multigrain bread
- Grape tomatoes, halved
- Balsamic glaze
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Mix the coconut flakes, tamari, liquid smoke, and maple syrup together in a bowl until combined. Spread into an single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, turning about halfway through until the coconut bacon is crisp and golden brown.
- Remove from oven and set aside to cool - it will crisp up even more as it cools.
- To make the avocado toast, toast slices of multigrain bread until golden brown. Top with thinly sliced avocado, about 5-6 grape tomato halves, a generous sprinkle of coconut bacon pieces, and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve, and enjoy!
Of course, don’t forget about all of the amazing bacon recipes being shared today for Sunday Supper!
Bacon in Appetizers
- Apple and Bacon Jam Quesadillas by Nik Snacks
- Bacon Barbecue Nachos by Where Latin Meets Lagniappe
- Game Day Bacon & Cheddar ‘Tater Skins by Powered By BLING
- Killer Jalapeño Poppers by Simply Healthy Family
- Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp by Food Lust People Love
Bacon for Breakfast
- Avocado Toast with Coconut Bacon by Helpful Homemade
- Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Glaze by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Breakfast Bruschetta by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Candied Maple Bacon by A Mind Full Mom
- Maple Bacon Protein Pancakes by Amee’s Savory Dish
Bacon for Dessert
- Bacon Brownie Balls by Monica’s Table
- Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies by Desserts Required
- Boozy Bacon Cherry Crumble by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chocolate Bacon Crack by Brunch-n-Bites
- Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Maple Bacon Truffles by Dessert Geek
- Spiced Apple Bacon Upside Down Cake by The Crumby Cupcake
Bacon for Dinner
- Bacon and Pumpkin Pasta by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Bacon Corn Chowder by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Bacon Fried Rice by Asian In America
- Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf by April Golightly
- Creamy Blue Cheese Pasta with Steak and Bacon by Magnolia Days
- K.C.’s Award Winning Turkey Bacon Explosion by Cooking With Carlee
- Kimchi Bacon Fried Rice by kimchi MOM
- Spaghetti alla Carbonara by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- The Pigskin Loaded Baked Potato by Sunday Supper Movement
- Triple Bypass Burgers by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
Bacon in Beverages
- Candied Bacon Old Fashioned by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Homemade Bloody Mary with Candied Bacon Swizzle by Our Good Life
- Pancetta with Balsamic-Brown Sugar-Pepper Glaze for Bloody Mary by La Bella Vita Cucina
Bacon for Lunch
- Bacon, Fig and Goat’s Cheese Quiche by Caroline’s Cooking
- BLT Bread Salad by The Chef Next Door
- Grilled Manwich Club by Momma’s Meals
- Restaurant Style Double Bacon BLT by The Freshman Cook
- Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce by Bottom Left of the Mitten
Bacon as a Side Dish
- Bacon and Cheddar Smashed Red Potatoes by Family Around The Table
- Bourbon Bacon Jam by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Bacon, Beer & Jalapeno Muffins by Wholistic Woman
- Easy Bacon, Beans & Greens by My Life Cookbook
- Greens with Gruyere and Bacon by Cooking Chat
- Peas with Bacon and Crispy Onions by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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