Vegan BLT featuring Coconut Bacon!

25 Mar

I know…coconut bacon sounds strange and unappealing.  But it is SO GOOD!  Anyone who’s ever visited the successful vegan restaurant, Aux Vivres, in Montreal (and ordered the BLT) knows this.

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I discovered the coconut bacon at Aux Vivres while visiting Quebec’s big city this past summer.  I couldn’t believe the smokey flavour, the crisp texture, and even the colour.

Since I haven’t eaten bacon by choice for years (it sneaks its way into things sometimes), and I pretty much want to barf if I accidentally ingest it, I guess you could say I don’t actually like real bacon that much.  Anymore.  I used to eat it religiously with weekend breakfasts, and BLT wraps were among my favourite foods.  My, how things change.

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But I digress.  The coconut BLT recipe is not only easy, but super delicious.  So much so that I think any omnivore would be delighted by it.  Coconut bacon is an especially good alternative if you are avoiding animal fats and opt for plant-based fats or if you’re not a fan of the greasy-ness of bacon in the first place.

Here’s how you make it:

Preheat oven to 325F.  Combine 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke, 1 tablespoon of tamari, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of water in a mixing bowl.  Add 3 and a half cups unsweetened flaked coconut or raw coconut “chips” found at health food stores.  Toss gently to coat coconut in the sauce.  Spread out evenly on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 3-5 minutes at a time before flipping with a spatula.  Keep an eye on these since you want them crispy but not burnt!
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Enjoy in BLT form or throw these into a bacon-free caesar salad. 🙂

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The sauce used here is “soy-free vegenaise”.

The coconut bacon will keep in an airtight container for about a week.

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2 Responses to “Vegan BLT featuring Coconut Bacon!”

  1. cdnpoetry March 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    This sounds really yummy! I also read about all the great uses for coconut oil too. I know you told me about it before but I had forgotten until I read about it again this morning. Coconut bacon sounds great! I haven’t bought bacon in ages because of how fatty it is. How is it for salt content? I love bacon for the salty taste but I have to watch my salt content as well. Do you have to add a little sea salt jus to give it a boost or doesn’t it need it?

    • sarahsmonthofvegan March 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      Coconut is also quite fatty but some say plant-based fats are often more beneficial for our bodies than animal fats. Still, it’s up to you to make that decision. In the quantity you would eat for one serving I calculated the calories to be 100, with most of that being fat (dad wants to know these things!). There is not much saltiness, other than the 1 tablespoon of tamari, but I think that adds enough. The tamari adds flavour and about 1000 ml of salt for the ENTIRE recipe, so that’s only about 100 mg per serving. In general I think tamari adds more flavour in smaller quantities than salt does and you don’t need much. 🙂

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