Plant-Based Bacon From Carrots (or Zucchini!)

If you began a meat-eater, you know how amazing bacon is, and you most likely miss it very, very much. This plant-based bacon recipe is very easy to execute, and tastes oh so delicious!

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Plant-Based Bacon From Carrots (or Zucchini!)

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Sodium 187 mg
Potassium 163 mg
Phosphorus 46 mg
Protein 1 g
If you began a meat-eater, you know how amazing bacon is, and you most likely miss it very, very much. This plant-based bacon recipe is very easy to execute, and tastes oh so delicious!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 70 kcal
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Peeler
  • Chef knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Oven
  • Mixing bowl
  • Ziploc bag

Ingredients 

  • 2 Carrots, medium (You can try yellow zucchini as a substitute)
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp Black strap molasses
  • 1 tbsp Tahini (Optional)
  • 1 tsp Liquid smoke (mesquite or applewod preferred)
  • 2 tsp Bragg's liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Peel and cut the top & tails off the carrots (or yellow zucchini) then slice very thinly. I prefer using a mandolin, but a good peeler could work.
  • Blitz the rest of the ingredients together in a food processor or blender for 20 seconds or until you have a nice thick marinade.
  • Place the carrot (or yellow zucchini) and marinade into a plastic Ziploc bag, mix together so that your vegan bacon slices are coated. Place in a bowl in your fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Heat your oven to 200°C/400°F.
  • Place the bacon strips side-by-side on a sheet pan (lined with a silicone baking mat or unbleached parchment paper if it’s not non-stick), spread a little of the remaining marinade evenly over the strips, and then bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how crispy you want your ‘bacon’ to be (see note). Remove from the oven, and enjoy your delicious plant-based bacony treat!

Notes

  • Alternate cooking method: 380°air fry 2-3 minutes
  • Not all ovens are created equal, so if you know that your oven runs hot or cool, do adjust the temperature and/or cooking time accordingly. Similarly, if you use a fan oven, it will need to be a few degrees cooler than the recipe states.

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