Slowly but surely we have begun the transition to loving animals rather than consuming them. YAY!
A couple of weeks ago we went to a local animal sanctuary for rescued animals and made friends with some adorable little piglets. At this time it had already been a good couple of months since the last time I had actually eaten pig meat, so after meeting these cute little dudes I knew I would never eat another one again.
So, my friends, I bring you 'friend free' vegan bacon, for the dirty hippie in all of us! You don't have to be vegan to enjoy this stuff. I made this specifically to toss on top of an iceberg wedge salad. It did the trick perfectly, and I will totally admit that I ate a couple of handfuls by itself. #noshame
QUE SECRET INGREDIENT...
I am obsessed with this stuff and I am one of those people who doesn't exactly enjoy the texture of coconut. Good news! I don't even notice the texture with this.
Are you ready for this SUPER EASY recipe?
Grab a big bowl, baking sheet, and preheat your oven to 350°F
While the oven is heating combine all of your liquids in the bowl:
A few shakes of your favorite hot sauce, I used Tabasco since it's free of onions & garlic
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS tamari (soy sauce)
1 TBS liquid smoke
After mixing all your liquids together add 2 1/2 C coconut flakes to the bowl (make sure you use the unsweetened kind).
Combine everything with your hands.
You want to ensure that every piece of coconut is brown in color and covered in liquid.
Once it is all covered, I suggest you grab a piece and taste it.
If you want it saltier, add more soy sauce, liquid smoke for a more smokey flavor, and additional hot sauce if you're looking for a kick.
If you are happy with the flavor but are having a hard time getting the liquid to cover each piece of coconut add in a small bit of olive oil and keep mixing.
Lay flat on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes and stir, try to flip as much 'facon' as you can.
Then bake for another 6 minutes.
Remove when the smaller pieces look slightly crispy but everything else looks somewhat greasy.
Okay well, you don't have to eat it right away, but it is the best right out of the oven. I've eaten these a week later and they were still great. Lacked that fresh out of the oven greasiness, though.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one. It's one of my favorites. Happy Eating!