Coconut Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato on Toast
Does it get any better than that picture up there? No it doesn’t. Just the site of it makes me wish I was eating it right now instead of the delicious Rice and Beans I’m having for dinner tonight. The soonest I’ll be able to eat this again is probably Sunday and quite frankly that’s just not soon enough!
Awhile ago there were quite a few people posting on various blogs and twitter about making Coconut Bacon, both raw and cooked, I knew this was something I had to look into. “Real” BLT’s were one of my favorite meals ever. Its one of the only foods that I still crave sometimes. If I pass a diner and smell bacon…i want a BLT with extra mayo. Luckily for me I can now indulge those cravings with a cruelty free version of my favorite sandwich! The first time I made this was one of the happiest days of my foodie life. I couldn’t believe what I was eating was so similar to what I used to eat. It was smokey! Crunchy! It was PERFECT!
I started out looking for the biggest flaked unsweetened coconut I could find and luckily Whole Foods had them. I preheated the oven to 350degrees and mixed about 1 cup of the flakes with some: maple syrup, tamari and liquid smoke. I wish I had measurements for you and probably will one day I’ve just done it too taste the last few times I’ve made it. If you do a quick google search i’m sure you will find a bunch of recipes! So…once its all mixed I spread it out on a sheet tray covered with parchment and stick it in the oven. I set the timer for 10 minutes and stir once the time is up. Then I STAY BY THE OVEN because this stuff can burn..FAST! Every few minutes or so I stir and check that it’s not burning. Once it’s all crispy I let it cool for a minute, toast up some toast, spread some veganaise, lay down some mesclun and fresh sliced tomato, cut in 1/2 and eat. Its seriously the best thing ever.
I’ll say that it does have a slight coconut flavor to it but that’s ok. I think that is what makes it so good and bacon-like.