Vegan Coconut “Bacon”

Vegan Coconut "Bacon"
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min

There’s a healthier alternative to pork if you’re craving some bacony goodness. From a vegan breakfast to a BLT sandwich, coconut bacon is a wondrous substitute that’s easy and cheap to make at home.

Courtesy of Lauren Toyota and John Diemer of hot for food blog.



cups flaked unsweetened coconut
Tbsp gluten-free tamari (can substitute in soy sauce)
Tbsp liquid smoke
Tbsp maple syrup
tsp smoked paprika
sea salt, to taste


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a mixing bowl whisk tamari, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and smoked paprika together. Then add the flaked coconut into the mixture and lightly toss with a spoon to coat evenly.

Step 2

Spread out evenly onto a baking sheet (or 2), heavily greased with coconut oil. Bake for 20 minutes but toss the mixture on the sheet every 5 minutes. Make sure you set the timer so you don’t forget and burn the whole batch (which we have done before!).

Step 3

Sprinkle with sea salt right out of the oven and remove the coconut bacon from the baking sheet — it’ll be very hot and will continue to brown. Dump it onto a large plate or another baking sheet to cool.

Step 4

Store in an air tight container or jar and use it on everything – kale Caesar salad, avocado on toast, a bacon mushroom melt, or even maple bacon scones! The possibilities are endless.

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