Mock Bacon Bits

Mock Bacon Bits ~ Here's a healthy, meatless, salad topper (and so much more!) easily made from home. https://vineblossom.wordpress.com

The first time I saw this recipe on the back of a Bob’s Red Mill package, I thought “what a neat idea!” I could make my own healthy alternative to those processed, store-bought salad toppers.

Yet, little did I know, I would be adding these crunchy, delicious bits to more than just salad.

 

Mock Bacon Bits ~ Here's a healthy, meatless, salad topper (and so much more!) easily made from home. https://vineblossom.wordpress.com #coconut, #healthy, #condiment, #salad

 

Mock Bacon Bits 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 T. soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari soy sauce, if you prefer.)
  • 2 T. molasses
  • 2 T. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar

Yield: 3 cups



 

If you haven’t guessed already yet, I love coconut. Not only does it make for a great dessert ingredient—macaroons and coconut cream pie, anyone?—but the oil pressed from the lovely coconut is one of the healthiest around, as I mentioned here.

And now, there is another reason to relish this versatile nut. If you, like me, prefer to skip the artificial coloring and preservatives in traditional bacon bits, or if you avoid pork altogether, you will be amazed at the savory deliciousness of these Mock Bacon Bits.

But not just any coconut will work, my friends. The larger flaked coconut is necessary (I use Bob’s Red Mill brand) because the skinnier shredded cousin is just too small to do the job properly and would burn much too quickly.

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°.

Line a rimmed baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the liquid ingredients. Add the flaked coconut, and mix thoroughly.

 

Mock Bacon Bits ~ Here's a healthy, meatless, salad topper (and so much more!) easily made from home. https://vineblossom.wordpress.com #coconut, #healthy, #condiment, #salad

 

Let sit for ten minutes to allow the coconut to absorb all the liquid.

Spread the coconut mixture in an even layer onto prepared baking sheets.

 

Mock Bacon Bits ~ Here's a healthy, meatless, salad topper (and so much more!) easily made from home. https://vineblossom.wordpress.com

 

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, fifteen tops.

This is the tricky part. You need to stir them every three minutes or so. But after about eight or nine minutes have gone by, you think there is no way these will crisp up in a couple more minutes. But believe me, they will! Don’t turn your back on them! They can easily go from soft and wet to burnt in a flash. (I speak from experience. I’ve burnt the last two batches!)

 

Mock Bacon Bits ~ Here's a healthy, meatless, salad topper (and so much more!) easily made from home. https://vineblossom.wordpress.com #coconut, #healthy, #condiment, #salad

 

Let Mock Bacon Bits cool completely on wire racks, then store in an air-tight container in your pantry or cupboard.

Sprinkle liberally on salads, of course, but don’t stop there.

These tasty bits taste great on top of baked or mashed potatoes (yum), steamed cauliflower or spinach, or even added to an avocado sandwich for crunchy and flavorful delight.

I’ve even been known to sneak some straight from the jar while waiting for dinner to cook. {ahem}

Enjoy!

 

If you don’t have:

  • a rimmed baking sheet: use a flat cookie sheet, but be careful when stirring the bits in the oven that they don’t slide off. (Again, I speak from experience.)
  • Liquid Smoke: unfortunately, there isn’t a substitute for this ingredient. Without it, the end result loses the subtle nuance to the smell and taste bacon.
  • extra Virgin Olive Oil: since only a tablespoon is used in this recipe, any oil you have on hand will do just fine. Same goes for…
  • apple cider vinegar: regular white vinegar will work. Or go for bold and try red wine vinegar or even Balsamic.

 

 

I hope you enjoy Mock Bacon Bits as much I do. Let me know how they turn out and if you have any questions.

 

See you next time for another Red Apron Recipe.

 

(If you missed the previous ones, you can find a list on my Red Apron Recipes page.)

 

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Abiding in the Vine,

~ Gleniece

 

 

 

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