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Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits • It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Did you know that those simulated bacon bits you can get at the grocery store are often vegan!? Weird eh. Although it’s easy to buy vegan bacon bits, I’m not a fan of all of those artificial ingredients. Inspired by all of my tofu crumble recipes, I played around in the kitchen to make my own homemade vegan tofu bacon bits, which are easy to make, use just 7 ingredients, are oil-free, and are actually HEALTHY! Healthy bacon? I like the sounds of that!

Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits! Easy to make with just 7 ingredients, oil-free, gluten-free, and are actually HEALTHY! Healthy bacon? I like the sounds of that! Sprinkle them on salad, soup, pizza, pasta, anywhere you like! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #veganbacon

These bacon bits are the perfect combo of crispy and chewy with a smoky salty taste. I love having a jar on hand at all times as it’s such a great way to add oomph to any dish you sprinkle them on!

Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits! Easy to make with just 7 ingredients, oil-free, gluten-free, and are actually HEALTHY! Healthy bacon? I like the sounds of that! Sprinkle them on salad, soup, pizza, pasta, anywhere you like! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #veganbacon

There are two key ingredients that make these tofu bits taste like bacon, and they are smoked paprika and liquid smoke. Do you see a theme here? Haha.

Normally I would choose only one smoky seasoning at a time to use in a recipe but to make these crumbles taste extra bacon-y I really found I got the best result using some of each. Pair the smoke flavour with salty soy sauce, a little hit of maple syrup, and a few other seasonings and you get the best homemade bacon bits ever!

How to Make Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits:

Mix the seasonings together in a large bowl.

Mix the nutritional yeast, soy sauce, smoked paprika, maple syrup, garlic powder, and liquid smoke in the bottom of a large bowl.

Crumble the tofu into the bowl and toss well to evenly coat.

Crumble the block of tofu with your fingers into the bowl over the seasoning. Mix the tofu crumbles with the seasoning making sure all of the tofu is evenly coated. Spread the tofu over a baking pan and bake for 30 - 40 minutes until browned and crispy.

Spread the tofu crumbles evenly over the prepared pan. Break up any larger pieces of tofu to ensure they tofu is evenly crumbled. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stopping to stir the tofu every now and then. Keep a close eye on it towards the end so that it doesn’t burn. You want the tofu to get browned and crispy.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before storing (it will crisp up more as it cools). Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits! Easy to make with just 7 ingredients, oil-free, gluten-free, and are actually HEALTHY! Healthy bacon? I like the sounds of that! Sprinkle them on salad, soup, pizza, pasta, anywhere you like! #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes #veganbacon

Sprinkle these vegan bacon bits anywhere you like. I love them on pizza, on potato soup, on salad, on pasta, just about everywhere!

Bon appetegan!

Sam Turnbull.

Print Recipe

Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits

Easy to make with just 7 ingredients, oil-free, gluten-free, and are actually HEALTHY! Healthy bacon? I like the sounds of that! Sprinkle them on salad, soup, pizza, pasta, anywhere you like!Adapted from my other tofu crumble recipes.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time45 mins

Total Time55 mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Servings: 24 1 tablespoon servings (make about 1 ½ cups)

Calories: 26kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce, (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 block (350g) extra-firm tofu drained (no need to press it)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper (see notes).

  • Mix the nutritional yeast, soy sauce, smoked paprika, maple syrup, garlic powder, and liquid smoke in the bottom of a large bowl.

  • Crumble the block of tofu with your fingers into the bowl over the seasoning. Mix the tofu crumbles with the seasoning making sure all of the tofu is evenly coated. Spread the tofu crumbles evenly over the prepared pan. Break up any larger pieces of tofu to ensure they tofu is evenly crumbled. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stopping to stir the tofu every now and then. Keep a close eye on it towards the end so that it doesn’t burn. You want the tofu to get browned and crispy. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before storing (it will crisp up more as it cools). Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or it freezes wonderfully as well.

Notes

Greasing the pan: I prefer to bake these crumbles on a greased pan as I find the get the most crispy this way. But if you prefer you can line the pan with parchment paper, you may just need to cook them slightly longer. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon (recipe makes about 24 tablespoons) | Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg




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