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Crispy Coconut Bacon Bits

Crispy Coconut Bacon Bits: The Ultimate Vegan Delight

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Coconut, nature's treasure trove, has become a cornerstone of healthy vegan and raw food recipes, and for good reason. Its multifaceted nature brings creaminess, crunch, and a hint of tropical flair to dishes. From coconut milk that adds lusciousness to curries, to coconut flour that works wonders in gluten-free baking, this versatile ingredient knows no bounds. And now, introducing Coconut Bacon Bits – a testament to coconut's adaptability. Their smoky, crispy allure demonstrates how this humble ingredient can transform into the unexpected, offering both indulgence and nutrition in every bite. Embrace the coconut's magic in your culinary creations, and savor the journey of crafting delicious, plant-powered dishes. 🥥🌱

Faking the Bacon: Unveiling the Delicious Coconut Bacon Bits!

When it comes to vegan and raw cooking, replicating the savory allure of bacon has always been a challenge. While there are numerous alternatives with great flavor, few truly capture that smoky, maple-like essence combined with the crunch that bacon is famous for. Enter coconut – one of the select plant-based options that come close to this bacon bliss. And the secret? Liquid smoke!

Unraveling Liquid Smoke: The Flavor Wizard

Liquid smoke is a culinary magician's trick. It's essentially created by condensing the smoke from wood, often enhanced with food-safe additives. This water-soluble, amber-hued elixir adds a woodsy, smoky note to foods without the need for actual wood smoke. While not considered the healthiest option, there are more natural versions available, like Colgin's Natural Liquid Smoke. Comprising water, natural hickory smoke flavor, vinegar, molasses, and natural caramel color, it's an ally when you're craving that authentic bacon taste.

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The Recipe: Crunchy Coconut Bacon Bits


  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut

  • 1 T coconut amino liquid

  • 2 tsp liquid smoke

  • 2 tsp maple syrup

  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1-2 tsp sea salt

Ingredient Notes:
  • Ingredient Substitutions: You can replace Coconut Amino Liquid with alternatives like Soy Sauce, Tamari Sauce, or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

  • Product Recommendations: For liquid smoke, consider using Colgin’s Natural Liquid Smoke.

  • To Reduce Sugars: If you're looking to reduce sugars, you can swap out the maple syrup with a zero-sugar syrup like SweetLeaf Stevia Zero Sugar Syrups in Maple flavor.

Healthy Food Facts:
  • Coconut: Packed with healthy fats and fiber, coconut adds a rich texture to dishes. It contains essential minerals like manganese and copper.

  • Liquid Smoke: While not typically the healthiest option, some natural liquid smoke products, like Colgin's, offer a way to infuse smoky flavor without cooking over wood. Use sparingly for a burst of smokiness.

  • Maple Syrup: A natural sweetener with antioxidants and nutrients, adding a touch of maple syrup enhances flavor while being a better alternative to refined sugars.


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165°C).

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut amino liquid, liquid smoke, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well incorporated.

  3. Add the unsweetened flaked coconut to the mixture and toss well, ensuring that the mixture covers all the coconut flakes evenly.

  4. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the coated coconut flakes evenly over it.

  5. Place the sheet in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remember to stir and toss the flakes every 5 minutes to prevent burning.

  6. Once the coconut bacon bits are nicely browned and crispy, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool. Give the flakes another good toss to ensure they cool down evenly.

  7. Once cooled, the Coconut Bacon Bits are ready to serve.

Cooking Tips:
  • Use dry, unsweetened coconut flakes for the best results.

  • Stir the mixture every 5 mins during baking to prevent uneven cooking.

  • Opt for parchment paper to avoid burning the flakes.

Serving Suggestions:
  • Sprinkle over salads to add a smoky, crunchy flavor.

  • Use as a topping for baked potatoes, soups, or avocado toast.

  • Incorporate into sandwiches, wraps, or veggie burgers for an extra layer of taste and texture.

  • Elevate ice cream with this sweet and savory delight.

  • Mix with roasted veggies for a savory twist.

  • Top tofu scramble for added flavor.

Recommended Storage:
  • Place the Coconut Bacon Bits in an air-tight container to keep them fresh.

  • Store the container in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.

  • The bacon bits will maintain their freshness for about 4 to 5 days on your kitchen counter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving - about 2 tablespoons):
  • Calories: ~70

  • Total Fat: ~6g

    • Saturated Fat: ~5g

  • Sodium: ~150mg

  • Total Carbohydrates: ~3g

    • Dietary Fiber: ~1g

    • Sugars: ~1g

  • Protein: ~1g

Note: Please remember that these values are approximate and can vary based on the specific ingredients and brands used. Always refer to product labels and use a reliable nutritional calculator for more accurate information.

Wrap-Up: Try It and Share the Love!

These Coconut Bacon Bits are irresistibly delicious – be prepared to devour them quickly! Whether as a satisfying snack or a versatile topping, their sweet and smoky flavor will leave you craving more. Indulge in the wonders of vegan cooking and the magic of coconut!

Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and may not suit all dietary preferences or ingredient availability. Adjust the recipe as needed.

Academic and Nutritional Resources:
  • PubMed ( Search for research articles on the nutritional benefits of coconut in vegan and raw diets.

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ( Look for articles and resources related to plant-based diets and coconut's role in them.

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