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Crispy Coconut Bacon

5 Oct

If you enjoy bacon but not the part about it coming from a pig, you are in luck because there are various tasty alternatives available (one such version is my Tofaken). The latest craze, however, is coconut bacon. People go cuckoo for this stuff and I can understand why. While coconut flakes pack a lot of calories and fat, they are also low in carbohydrates and high in fiber (source).

To further boost the nutritional value of this coconut bacon, these crispy little guys are seasoned with liquid aminos (which boasts 16 different amino acids) and practically melt in your mouth. They make an excellent addition to nearly any salad, sandwich or wrap, and can even be enjoyed by themselves. Enjoy!

Coconut Bacon

Crispy Coconut Bacon
Yields 1 cup

1/4 cup liquid aminos
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 cup dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
oil for the pan

Place first three ingredients in a small bowl and mix until combined. Add coconut flakes and stir to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to marinate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 300° F. Grease a large baking sheet with oil.

Evenly spread marinated coconut flakes on prepared baking sheet and spray with oil. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until desired crispness is achieved. Remove and allow to cool before consuming.

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S’mores Crispy Treats

7 Jul

The S’more is said to have first been printed in a 1927 publication entitled “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.” Assumed to be short for “some more,” the s’more is a popular campfire treat among Americans and Canadians consisting of marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers (source).

The thought of s’mores and crispy treats brings me back to my childhood. Both were two of my favorite desserts growing up, and now that I’m vegan, this doesn’t mean I can no longer enjoy them. Luckily for us, there is a plant-based version of nearly everything out there, and that includes marshmallows. Chicago Vegan Foods creates Dandies, which act almost exactly like traditional marshmallows, whether you roast them over a fire, or melt them over the stove.

Enjoy these S’mores Crispy Treats and try not to eat the entire batch in one sitting!

NOTE: Many grocers carry original Nabisco grahams, which come in a red box and are vegan.

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S’mores Crispy Treats

1/4 (14.4-ounce) box vegan graham crackers
1/4 cup + 1/2 cup softened vegan butter, divided
1 (10-ounce) bag vegan marshmallows
5 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup semi-sweet non-dairy chocolate chips

Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking dish and set aside.

Place graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until a crumb texture is reached. Add 1/4 cup softened butter and pulse another few seconds until mixture begins to stick together.

Pour graham cracker mixture into prepared baking pan and spread evenly, flattening with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Refrigerate while you prepare the marshmallow mixture.

Place 1/2 cup butter and marshmallows in a large pot. Heat over medium, stirring often, or until butter and marshmallows have melted, approximately 5-7 minutes.

Turn off heat and quickly stir in rice cereal, mixing until combined. Pour out into prepared baking dish and flatten with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until cool.

Remove crispy treats from refrigerator and slice into squares. Remove from pan with a spatula so as not to break apart the graham cracker crust. Carefully turn upside down and place on a cooling rack or plate with the graham cracker crust side facing up.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring often. Dip a fork into melted chocolate and drizzle over crispy treats.

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