This could easily be a recipe within a recipe. You know, one of those recipes that sits nicely within another recipe? Because bacon is not something served on it’s own. Usually it’s served on top of or surrounding something else. But the thing is, this is something so easy to make and combines nicely with so many other recipes, I figured it needed it’s own place in the world. So here you go, Bacon-Flavored Almond Slivers.
Have you noticed there are SO many recipes right now with bacon in the oddest of places? Bacon in cookies. Bacon in ice cream. Bacon in popcorn. Seriously!
I think they might be coming out with a bacon body scrub soon. Oh. I should not even put that out in the world. Someone will do that. It seems like everyone has drunk the bacon-flavored Koolaid. This is the part where I roll my eyes behind closed lids.
Because all I can think of is poor, little pigs.
It’s not as if we veg-heads don’t like the taste of bacon. Most of us grew up eating that stuff and well, we kind of liked it. But there was that day when we learned what bacon was made from. And then there was that other day when we saw pigs at the state fair and thought they looked kind of cute. And there was that one that nuzzled up kind of close and closed its eyes with pleasure when we scratched that spot between its ears. And then there was the day after that when our mom served bacon for breakfast and we ate it anyway because we really liked it and, darn it, everyone else was eating it and we wanted some too…but then felt kind of terrible about it afterwards.
And then there was Babe.
That’ll do, pig.
Makes my eyes mist a little every time I think of it!
So, I decided to make an alternative. Yes, there are lots of recipes for Coconut Bacon, but for the life of me I have not been able to actually purchase large flakes of coconut like those recipes call for. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen them in the store, but it seems like every time I go to actually buy them, they’re out of stock. Or really expensive.
That’s why I decided to make my own version of bacon using almond slivers…because they’re:
Sold in a variety of sizes
Now’s the part where you say, “Marly…you look so adorable today!”
“Ah, thanks!” I respond. “Do you really think so?”
No wait. I think you were supposed to say this, “This is great, Marly, but what am I going to do with these Bacon Flavored Almond Slivers when they’re done?”
Then I would smile real big, and prepare to do my happy dance while saying, “That’s what’s so GREAT about these Bacon-Flavored Almond Slivers!”
Yes, I was a cheerleader in high school. It comes out in me at the oddest of times.
These are a perfect bacon substitute in just about any recipe that calls for bacon. For example:
I’m sure you could even sprinkle some of this over some cupcakes. I mean, if you have to. You know, because that’s what everyone else is doing. And here’s where our moms would say, “Would you jump off a bridge if that’s what everyone else was doing?”
But we’re not following the crowd off a bridge, Mom! Not at all. Because we’re using whole food, naturally delicious, life altering Almond Slivers. Life altering? OK. Maybe that’s a stretch, but they’re pretty darn close. So sprinkle them on your popcorn and cupcakes all you want!
Disclaimer: No pigs were harmed in the making of this recipe.
- 1 cup slivered almonds (2 oz package)
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon tamari, a gluten-free soy sauce alternative (or soy sauce if gluten isn't on your list)*
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- sea salt to taste
- Heat your oven to 325F. Spray a baking pan with vegetable spray or line with parchment paper (whichever process your prefer).
- Place the slivered almonds in one bowl. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl combine the liquid smoke, maple syrup and tamari. Give it a stir. Then add the paprika and turmeric and stir once more.
- Pour the liquid smoke mixture over the almonds and stir gently to ensure each piece is covered.
- Spread the seasoned almond slivers across your prepared pan, ensuring they're distributed evenly across the pan. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir to redistribute the seasoning some more. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them because they burn easily. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with sea salt, and allow the almond slivers to cool. Once cool, transfer to a lidded container to store.