Smoky Apple Coconut Bacon

There’s Applewood smoked bacon, so why can’t there be apple smoked coconut bacon? I didn’t want to go outside to smoke the bacon, because I don’t like the cold, or the work involved, so I just used a little bit of applesauce. I know! It’s a bit weird. Although I’ve never really tried Applewood smoked bacon, I think that it would make a good alternative that’s healthier than the bacon and easier than smoking it.MAKES 1 CUP

– 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (I used Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Flaked Coconut)
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– 2 tablespoons lite tamari
– 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
– 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke (around 6-8 drops-do not go crazy with it!)
– 1/8 teaspoon paprika

1. Mix all of the ingredients except for the coconut into a medium bowl.
2. Add in the coconut and stir. Let sit while you preheat the oven to 325F.
3. Spread the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring around every 3 minutes. The coconut can burn very quickly, so you need to keep an eye on it. The cooking time will vary based on how large your flakes are. You want it to be golden brown. It will be slightly damp still when you pull it out but it will harden as you let it cool. Cool on pan completely.
5. Store in refrigerator.

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Running with Veggies

I'm a plant-based distance runner and mother of two young girls. I enjoy making healthy recipes and experimenting with food. I also love to garden, so you will see many seasonal recipes that use what is currently growing in my backyard. I have a HBSc. in Nutrition and a Doctorate in Education and this background provides me with the skills necessary to pursue my passion - educating others on healthy eating. I don't count calories, so you won't find any nutritional information in my recipes. However, I strive to make each recipe healthy enough to fuel you and your family through the day.

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