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!
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.
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
- Sold in a variety of sizes
How to Make Bacon Almonds
You can find the full recipe and ingredients below, but here’s a synopsis of the steps involved:
- Prepare Bacon Sauce — Stir together the liquid smoke, maple syrup, tamari, paprika and turmeric.
- Pour Sauce over Almonds — Pour the liquid smoke sauce over the almonds and stir gently to ensure each piece is coated.
- 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.
- 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.
Be sure to keep an eye on the baking almonds to make sure they don’t burn.
How to Serve Bacon Almonds
These are a perfect bacon substitute in just about any recipe that calls for bacon. For example:
- One of the layers in Seven Layer Salad is veggie bacon
- Add these flavored bacon slivers to a Loaded Vegan Baked Potato
- This Vegetarian Broccoli Salad is even better with some crunchy vegan bacon
- Sprinkle some on top of this Cheesy Tofu Scramble!
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.
- 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
- 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.
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