Coconut Bacon

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons tamari, bragg’s amino’s or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 1/2 cups large flaked coconut (about a 7 oz.)
  • mineral salt for sprinkling, optional
  • coconut oil, for greasing

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix the first four ingredients in a small bowl making sure to break up any clumps of paprika. In a large bowl add coconut flakes, drizzle the wet mixture over top and gently toss making sure to coat each flake well, about 45 seconds or so.

Using a slotted spoon, scoop seasoned coconut flakes and place onto a lightly greased, or parchment paper lined, cookie sheet/s. I used two sheets so they could be laid out in a single layer as much as possible but you can also use a single cookie sheet or a large 9 x 13 baking dish and have good results (the key is to stir during baking). Sprinkle coconut flakes lightly with a bit of mineral salt if desired.

Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Set the timer for intervals of 5 minutes and stir each time making sure to rearrange all pieces by bringing the center to the outside and the outside to the center for even cooking. You may even like to change the position of the sheets in the oven after the second interval, moving the top sheet to the bottom rack and vice versa. After the first 15 minutes, keep close and keep watch as the coconut bacon can burn very quickly at this point. I really babied my coconut bacon towards the end, it’ll be worth your while if you do too!

Remove when coconut has a nice browned and caramelized color. Let cool, it will get crispy as it cools.

Once completely cooled you can store leftovers in an air tight container and keep in the pantry for up to a week or two. If it softens a bit, re-crisp in the toaster oven on medium for a few minutes, or under the broiler for a few seconds, keeping an eye that it doesn’t burn.

Notes:

Use more or less maple syrup to suit your taste. I like the maple flavor and usually add a heaping tablespoon. Omit it if you don’t want any maple flavor at all.

Keep in mind there are different flavors of liquid smoke…ie, hickory, mesquite, etc., use your favorite. For a more intense smoke flavor, add up to 1 tablespoon more of the liquid smoke of choice.

Some recipes call for an addition of 1 tablespoon water or oil in the seasoning mixture. I found that I didn’t need it and do not call for it in my recipe. Use your discretion as to whether you want/need to add this ingredient. Oil is used to help coat and bind the seasoning to the coconut flakes. Water is used to ensure there is enough liquids to coat flakes evenly.

And what’s the first thing I made using my coconut bacon and sharing on Instagram?

It was a B.L.T. + Avocado Wrap. And it was delicious!

The next day I made a great little salad of red & green oak leaf lettuce, diced fuji apple, peanut dressing and topped with coconut bacon. This was super!

And lastly if I may, a tofu scramble wrap with coconut bacon and garlic chili sauce…seriously good!

Now go make yourself some of this coconut bacon and enjoy!

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