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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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