Bacon-Flavored Almonds Recipe

This bacon-flavored almonds recipe makes a tasty snack or even a simple salad topper. These bacon almonds are so easy to make and makes a perfect vegan bacon substitute you can use in a variety of recipes.

We love serving veggie bacon on these vegan twice-baked potatoes!

Veggie Lovers 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.

Smoky slivered almonds, an alternative to bacon

The Allure of Veggie Bacon

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. That one 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.

Then there was Babe.

That’ll do, pig.

Makes my eyes mist a little every time I think of it! Only veggie bacon would do after that!

Types of Veggie Bacon

So, I decided to make my own veggie bacon. And yes, I used almonds. It turns out that bacon flavored almonds are really good.

But there are other ingredients you can use to make bacon flavors, like:

  • Coconut Bacon – substituting large flakes of coconut
  • Eggplant Bacon — thin strips of eggplant are saturated in the bacon sauce (see recipe below) and baked
  • Tempeh Bacon — this is one of my favorites, because it’s so easy to make and tasty
  • Rice Paper Bacon — several strips of rice paper are used in this recipe which creates a veggie bacon that looks surprisingly real!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

This recipe works for several reasons. Bacon flavored almond slivers are

  • Affordable
  • Sold in a variety of sizes
  • Healthy
  • Crunchy!

How to Make Bacon Almonds

You can find the full recipe and ingredients below, but here’s a synopsis of the steps involved:

  1. Prepare Bacon Sauce — Stir together the liquid smoke, maple syrup, tamari, paprika and turmeric.
  2. Pour Sauce over Almonds — Pour the liquid smoke sauce over the almonds and stir gently to ensure each piece is coated.
  3. Bake — Spread the seasoned almond slivers across a prepared pan, ensuring they’re distributed evenly across the pan and bake for 5 minutes, then remove the pan and stir. Bake for 5 more minutes.
  4. Season and Cool — Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle with sea salt, and allow the almonds to cool. Once cool, transfer to a lidded container to store.

Marly’s Tips

Be sure to keep an eye on the baking almonds to make sure they don’t burn.

Sweet and Salty Bacon Flavored Almonds

 How to Serve Bacon Almonds

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.

Disclaimer: No pigs were harmed in the making of this recipe.

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Smoky Bacon Flavored Almond Slivers

Bacon-Flavored Almonds

These bacon almonds are a perfect bacon substitute in just about any recipe that calls for bacon. Add these cruncy morsels to salads, baked potatoes, and more!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Flavored Almond Slivers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup slivered almonds 2 oz package
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce if gluten isn’t on your list, a gluten-free soy sauce alternative *
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

*Some Tamari products do include some gluten so be sure to check the ingredients
Nutrition Facts
Bacon-Flavored Almonds
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 260mg11%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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43 Responses to Bacon-Flavored Almonds Recipe

  1. You are a genius! I’ve seen that coconut bacon, and I think this is a better idea! I do eat The Bacon made from pigs, but it is always nice–more than nice–to have an option for a meatless Monday or something. Yay, almond bacon!

    I say “That’ll do, pig” more often than maybe is healthy. Love Babe! Baa ram ewe!

    • We can be Babe babes! I love finding recipes that Vegheads and Ominovres can love equally. The more we can all include some meatless meals in our lives, the better! Baa ram ewe to you too! 😉

    • It’s funny you say this because I’ve found myself snacking on them. They’re good plain or on a salad. That’s a hint, by the way. Salad recipe with Bacon Flavored Almonds coming soon!

  2. I am a carnivore though and through but these look like something my non meat eating friends would enjoy. I’ll have to keep this handy for a snack for get togethers.

    • Sharing is for five-year olds. Adults are welcome to keep food to themselves. Did I just say that?

    • They make a perfect option for Meatless Mondays! I know what you mean about G+ – I can get lost with all the beautiful food photography there!

  3. I have the coconut flakes in my fridge… and yet I have never brought myself to make that coconut bacon either. I like your idea a lot. Will certainly give it a go… I just need to find myself some liquid smoke… 😉

    • You can find liquid smoke in most grocery stores – next to the BBQ sauces. Hope you like this as much as we have!

    • You might like the coconut flake version of this recipe instead. You can buy bags with large flaked coconut at most health food stores. Hope you like it!

  4. Oh these are fantastic! These would be great in any salad all summer long and I actually love that you get the bacon flavor without the pork!

  5. One of my favorite salads is that broccoli one with the bacon but I always hesitate to bring it to potlucks because not everyone eats bacon. In fact, in most of the countries I’ve lived in recently, it’s likely that several someones don’t eat bacon. These almonds are the perfect, perfect alternative! I am thinking I should make a double batch and just keep them in a jar in the refrigerator for sprinkling on everything.

  6. I need to make these and see if they really do taste like bacon but if not; I sure love the flavors going into them so it’s all win win!

    I do eat bacon, yes, real bacon. But not from pigs like Babe. Nope, mine comes from mean, ornery pigs that bully pigs like Babe. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. 🙂

  7. I came to this recipe when Jenni Field used it on an apple salad on her site, pastrychefonline.com.

    I made these with almond slivers, not slices, and have used them twice: first on a bitter greens salad, where they were great, but yesterday showered them on a cabbage and apple slaw, and they were DIVINE. Really, truly little flavor bombs — smokey, salty, sweety, crunchy, all the adored qualities of actual bacon. Even as a carnivore, I kinda preferred them in some ways to bacon as a salad garnish; they’re more substantial, somehow.

    Thanks so much for this recipe, Marly. Definitely going into my permanent repertoire.

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