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Coconut Bacon BLT {recipe}

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Coconut Bacon BLT

It’s tomato season here in the Garden State. We have 3 types of heirlooms growing in our garden as well as some cherry tomatoes that grew from tomatoes that hung out in the garden all winter from last year! Once the tomatoes start to ripen all I want to eat are BLT’s. One of my all time favorite meals. Crispy bacon. Mayo. Tomatoes that taste like the sun shines. Perfect.

I’ve tried my hand at all different types of vegan BLT’s. Tempeh Bacon, Smart Bacon and of course Seitan Bacon. It’s all ok. My favorite though is my home made coconut bacon that I make with large flaked unsweetened coconut. This stuff is so good and so easy to make. I’ve been eating these sandwiches a few times a week when the tomatoes are perfect for eating.

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The coconut bacon is really easy to make. Its 4 ingredients total. Takes minutes to put together and about 15-20 minutes to bake in the oven. BUT….you must, must, must stay near the over after the first initial 10 minutes of cooking. Ovens are temperamental, they have their own special “hot spots” and this bacon can burn the minute you walk away from your oven. Watch it like a hawk during the end of it’s cooking time.

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Coconut Bacon
makes 1 cup (3-4 sandwiches)

 1 cup large flaked, unsweetened coconut
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons tamari
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke

Preheat oven to 350˚ and cover a baking tray with parchment paper.

Measure the coconut flakes into a small bowl. In another small bowl combine the maple syrup, tamari and liquid smoke and mix with a fork. Pour over the coconut and stir to combine. Making sure all the coconut flakes are covered.

Spread the coconut out evenly onto the already prepared baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Gently stir the coconut on the tray and bake for another 3-5 minutes under your watchful eye! Just keep peeking at it every minute or so. Gently stir again. Keep baking until the bacon gets slightly crisp and darkens a bit (I don’t mind a few burnt pieces). Shouldn’t take longer then 20 mintues. It will all depend on your oven. Take out of the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container on your counter and use within 2 days (if it lasts that long in the first place!)

 

 

CBLT’s!

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.