Coconut “bacon” – just in case you missed it…

Just in case you missed it last spring…

This posting had the highest number of viewings for 2013 on Canned Time and I thought it would be good to revisit the jist of

‘Coconut Bacon’……….

 Coconut Bacon - from

Coconut Flakes and Bacon?  What the……….  Well I saw this on someone’s site and had to give it a try.  My absolute favorite sandwich from what seems like ages ago now, reborn!!

Coconut Bacon - from

When I first tested this last weekend, well, things got busy, we had a bit of a snow storm and then there’s always my work schedule.  I forgot about it being in the fridge marinating actually. So after 6 days of soaking, I really thought it would just be rancid.  Not so!

Vegan "Bacon" Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich - from

Yes, I love ‘bacon’ with my pepper……….

Coconut Bacon - from

It’s not great at all on it’s own, so don’t think there is an actually bacon substitute discovery here.  But when it’s all put together with it’s traditional porky partners: tomato and lettuce, good bread and some Vegan mayo,  it’s not bad at all 🙂

Vegan "Bacon" Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich - from


Vegan Coconut Bacon
  1. 1 Cup of flaked unsweetened! Coconut
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil (in the pan if you fry instead of baking it)
  3. 3 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
  4. 3 tablespoons maple syrup (It wont taste sweet at all)
  5. 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  6. a sprinkle of garlic powder and some black pepper to taste
  1. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl, seal and soak the coconut for up to 5 days. 1 day if you don't have the time but longer is better. Done, that's it. Drain off any excess liquid and you've got your bacon
Adapted from from Fettle Vegan
Adapted from from Fettle Vegan


Vegan "Bacon" Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich - from

I dumped all of the coconut and marinade in a hot iron skillet and stirred it around for a good 10 minutes until it looked like bacon.  If I’d done it in an oven, I would stir it around at least once or twice to get the browning effects.

 Like I mentioned, it’s not great to just nibble on but when it’s combined with the flavors your mouth recognizes as BLT flavors, it’s pretty great.  I used some hearty homemade Spelt / Chia flour Bread, juicy ripe Tomatoes and lot’s of black pepper.  I may add a slice or two of avocado next time too.   Overall a pretty easy and tasty substitute considering I didn’t think this taste would ever be in my future again………..give it a try.  My next batch I think I’ll mix in with some pancake batter and see how that tastes.  Could be good?

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  ♥


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11 thoughts on “Coconut “bacon” – just in case you missed it…

    1. Angela @ Canned Time

      Thanks Gena! I’ve only made it a few times but it rocks. I didn’t think of it as a Raw option but it is pretty close?
      I’m seeing it more and more in the stores around D. C. but I prefer this quick homemade version myself. Thanks and Happy New Year to you ♥

  1. narf77

    I have to laugh whenever I see “unsweetened” coconut flakes as we can’t buy sweetened coconut flakes here. Haven’t actually tried making coconut bacon yet. I figure I will leave it till I get some time but I don’t seem to be finding much time lately to do anything aside from paint decks and race around trying to keep the house from resembling the local waste management station! 😉

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Yeah, we can’t get unsweetened here in the regular stores. Whole Foods and health food groceries always have it now that its more popular but the common stores just have the super sweet shreds to top cakes with ;o

        1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

          If you make up your own, you just have to get the flakes from healthier stores although more and more regular groceries are carrying lots of non dairy milk options including coconut. Most of those have vanilla and sweeteners already in them though. You have to search for unsweetened. Glad you’re out there in the Tazmanian tundra now?

          1. narf77

            Shivering a bit, its cold! That usually means it is going to be warm by midday though. Still painting the deck…starting to wonder if there is life after painting the deck…

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