13 May 2013

coconut bacon

last week i shared my newest obsession on facebook: a toasted bagel, smeared with ripe avocado and topped with crunchy coconut bacon.  immediately i had replies and emails asking me about coconut bacon.  it is a magical little condiment that takes only a half hour to make, taking rich and smooth coconut flakes and turns them into smokey, salty, crunchy bits that are highly addictive.

today i want to share just how easy it is to make...  that way you can obsess over it too!


i remember first hearing about it when kristen posted about coconut bacon years ago, and had all but forgotten about it until lisa brought it up a couple weeks ago sharing this recipe with me, and then i realized i still hadn't tried it!  so i hopped to it and made some.  the result?  i was NOT disapointed.  it is a game changer.  and yes, i haven't shut up about it on facebook since.  (sorry about that.)

i love me some tempeh bacon but the coconut is such a playful, crunchy twist.  it's yummy in sandwiches, popped by the handful and i can't wait to top my next piled high caesar salad with it too!

coconut bacon
scant 4 cups unsweetened flaked coconut*
2.5 tbsp gf tamari
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp liquid smoke
a pinch of sea salt

preheat your oven to 325f.  measure coconut into a large bowl.  in a small bowl or measuring cup, measure out the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.**   add this mixture to the coconut and fold well to coat it.  spread out the coconut onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, stopping every 10 minutes to stir things up.  once you've hit full time, remove from the oven, sprinkle with a couple pinches of sea salt and let it rest for 10 minutes to cool and firm up.  store in an air tight container.

then revel in your coconut bacon glory and put it on everything in sight!


* i used one entire bag of let's do organic flaked coconut (198g) which measured out to a scant 4 cups.  if you can't find large flaked coconut, i imagine you can use shredded coconut, but you mightn't need to bake it for as long.  if anyone tries do let me know how it worked out!

**{if you've never used liquid smoke before, be prepared for your kitchen will smell very smokey.  at first this threw me for a loop and i wasn't into it, but slowly it grew on me and by the time the first bite of coconut was popped, i was in love with the smoke flavour and lingering smell too!}

shared at wellness weekends

21 comments:

  1. Hey Jess, I made it using the shredded coconut. It was good, but I think the large flaked coconut will be much more special and magical. Looking forward to trying your recipe when my friend sends me large flaked coconut this week. Did you get yours in town??

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    1. i didn't no - i thought for sure i had seen it on the shelves at independent but after checking today it turns out they only carry the let's do shreds. i'll check paris next time i'm there too!

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  2. Carrie RegenstreifMay 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    where do you find liquid smoke?

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    1. it's in the condiment aisle at the grocery store near the bbq sauces. i got mine at vrab's.

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  3. Oh wow - this is way too easy and I love it!! Pinning now, making later. :)

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    1. WAY too easy. i shared the last batch with friends so i think another is in order this afternoon!

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  4. Looks great. I've heard incredible things, and anything is better with avocado. Really craving a bagel now!

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    1. thanks maud! and while i agree that anything is better with avocado, i`d now argue that everything is amazing with coconut bacon.

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  5. Dude, I totally need to get on this coconut bacon train soon. I keep so many posts about it, but have yet to try some. It looks great.

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  6. I've had coconut bacon in restaurants, but I've yet to make my own. I love how simple this recipe is, though- I need to try it! :-)

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  7. I've made shiitake bacon, but have been on the lookout for a vegan bacon my husband will eat (he hates mushrooms). This looks and sounds amazing, I just have to find flaked coconut! Thanks, Jess!

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    1. Hi - you might want to try this vegan bacon http://www.nomeatathlete.com/vegan-bacon/ its pretty good and mushroom free! Cheryl

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  8. Looks too incredible. I love avocado toast and this definitely takes it to a whole other level!

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  9. I loooove coconut bacon, so much so that I even sold little bags of it at our bake sale, lol. I picked up some coconut on the weekend to make some more, I should try your bagel/avocado combo when it's ready :)

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  10. Very cool! I've never thought to use coconut chips like that. :)

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  11. Eating this now, thanks so much for the recipe!!

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  12. did you know that I have had this recipe bookmarked since May, and I am finally going to make it this week!? I can't wait! :) thanks.

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