Easy Coconut Bacon Bits! 8 Ingredients & 20 Minutes | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #coconut

20-Minute Coconut Bacon Bits

Easy Coconut Bacon Bits! 8 Ingredients & 20 Minutes | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #coconut

October just flew by, didn’t it? I feel like we were just talking about that perfectly tart raw key lime pie yesterday (have you tried it yet? so good). Today, I’m excited to share another recipe—this time savory instead of sweet.

If you haven’t jumped on the coconut bacon bandwagon yet, you’ve gotta give it a try. The new cookbook from Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman titled DIY Vegan is making it very easy to bake up some coconut bacon, and many other delicious staples, at home and for a fraction of what it might cost to buy it pre-made at the grocery store.

Here’s why I like DIY Vegan so much: it’s approachable, the recipes are focused around basics but always with unique spins on flavor, and the ingredient lists are short.

For me, the short ingredient list thing has become make or break in terms of whether I’ll choose a recipe since we’re still on our year-long road trip. I don’t have a pantry of twenty different flours or fifty million spices (the latter might be an exaggeration but the former was not too far from the truth #flourproblems). So if I’m going to make a recipe, I don’t want to have to buy ingredients that I’m only going to use once and then have to leave behind or toss when we move on to our next travel destination. I’m betting you feel the same, regardless of whether you’re moving from place to place.

Even though this coconut bacon is savory (and great for adding crunch on big ass salads), what got me really excited about it is the prospect of putting it on sweets! Cookies, brownies, and donuts! I’m always angling for dessert. My advice is to use it on a salad and get in your veggies, then go make these peanut-butter-frosted banana donuts and sprinkle them with leftover coconut bacon just after you frost them.

Peanut butter banana coconut bacon donuts…I think we’re on to something!

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20-Minute Coconut Bacon Bits

Easy Coconut Bacon Bits! 8 Ingredients & 20 Minutes | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #coconut

20-Minute Coconut Bacon Bits

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 2 cups


Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 18 mins

Total Time: 23 mins

You’ve just got to give these coconut bacon bits a try! Use them in vegan club sandwiches or in salads. If you’re someone who loves smoky, salty sweets, you can also add them as a topping to doughnuts, cookies, and brownies!

Easy Coconut Bacon Bits! 8 Ingredients & 20 Minutes | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #coconut

20-Minute Coconut Bacon Bits

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce, homemade (page 139) or store bought
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cups large coconut flakes

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 18 mins Total Time: 23 mins

You’ve just got to give these coconut bacon bits a try! Use them in vegan club sandwiches or in salads. If you’re someone who loves smoky, salty sweets, you can also add them as a topping to doughnuts, cookies, and brownies!

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the tamari, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, maple syrup, olive oil (if using), vinegar, and paprika and stir. Toss in the coconut flakes and stir until well coated and no liquid remains at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Spread the coated coconut in a single layer over the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Watch carefully—the edges can burn quickly! Let cool on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Notes [2]

If you’re looking to reduce your oil consumption, the natural fat in the coconut flakes make these delicious with or without the oil in the recipe.

If you like things a little more on the salty side, add a sprinkle of salt once you lay out the coconut flakes on the baking sheet, before they go into the oven.

Copyright © 2015 Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman for DIY Vegan

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  1. Sophia says

    I really need to get more on the DIY bandwagon! The only DIY I do regularly is nut milk, but I would love to be able to make my own cheeses and bread and whatnot.

    1. Amanda says

      I think it’s great that you’re making your own nut milk at home! Cheese and bread would be wonderful too (and homemade cheese would save you quite a bit of money! that stuff is $$$). We have a bread recipe if you’re interested. 🙂

  2. I love how big and clustered they are! Super hearty!

  3. Claire says

    I’ve been wanting to try coconut bacon for a long time. Thank you for sharing this easy recipe!

    1. Amanda says

      Report back if you give it a try, Claire!

  4. Sherwood says

    I make all my salad dressing now, if that’s considered a staple. It’s the closest thing I’ve got. lol

    1. Amanda says

      Salad dressing is for sure considered a staple!

  5. Stacy says

    I like to make almond milk

  6. Melissa says

    Those coconut bacon bits look great! I’ve been wanting to try a recipe like this for a while, I’ll have to try this one out.

    I see you guys are in Southern California now! Give us a shout out when you are headed to Joshua Tree — would still love to meet up for vegan pie. My kitchen and spice cabinet are available if you need them when you’re out here.

    1. Amanda says

      You’re so sweet, Melissa. <3 I'll let you know what our plans are for Joshua Tree after we figure them out!

  7. I’m just still in shock/awe that you’re creating these amazing recipes (and just launched Not That Damn Recipe to boot!!) while you’re on a road trip. You are superwoman!!

  8. Tam says

    Is there an alternative to liquid smoke, available in Oz?

    1. Amanda says

      Hi, Tam! The recipe is from DIY Vegan so I’m not sure how the authors would respond, but off the top of my head, I bet some additional smoked paprika would do the trick if you wanted to enhance the smokey flavor.

  9. Crystal Joy says

    I’m not much of a DIY’er, outside of cooking most of my meals…lol But I’d really love to make my own almond milk and almond butters. I think that would be so tasty and rewarding!

    1. Amanda says

      Homemade almond milk and almond butters are great!

  10. Elaine says

    I conveniently have all these ingredients— going to try this one soon! Have always wanted to have a go at coconut bacon. How timely!

    1. Amanda says

      Perfect timing then, Elaine! I love it when I don’t have to make a grocery store run to make a recipe. 🙂

  11. Dana says

    I like making my own nut butters. I prefer to dry roast the nuts and so far I’ve made almond butter and cashew butter.

  12. Coconut bacon and diy vegan recipes are two of my favourite things ever! I so need to give this salad a go! x

  13. Natalia M says

    I love to make my own “Parmesan” with sunflower and pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast and spices.

  14. charj says

    I make my own salad dressings, so I can ajdust them to taste. Commercial dressings tend to have too much sweetener or vinegar.

  15. Scott says

    I was really sceptical when I first heard about coconut bacon but it is actually really nice. I really enjoy it as a treat.

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