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How to Make Coconut Bacon

If you’ve ever craved bacon but didn’t want the real thing, coconut bacon is the answer!

This recipe is simple, requiring just 8 ingredients, 1 pan, and 15 minutes to prepare. The result is crispy, bacon-flavored coconut flakes that are perfect for adding to things like salads, sandwiches, dips, and more!

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Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 13 mins
Total time: 15 mins

Savory, crispy coconut bacon made on 1 pan in 15 minutes! Perfect for topping salads, adding to sandwiches (hello vegan BLT), dips, and more!

Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Side, Snack
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 2 cups


  • 2 cups (160 g) large flake unsweetened coconut
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) avocado or grape seed oil (or another neutral oil)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) tamari
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke*
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (162 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add coconut flake, oil, tamari, paprika, maple syrup, liquid smoke, sea salt, and black pepper. Toss/stir to thoroughly coat.
  3. Bake at 325 for 6 minutes, then stir and flip pan around. Bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until coconut bacon is crispy and golden brown. Watch carefully in the last minutes of cooking and be careful not to burn as it can go from brown to burnt very quickly.
  4. Let cool for 10 minutes – it will continue crisping as it cools. Coconut bacon is great for adding to things like salads, sandwiches, dips, and more! Store leftovers covered at room temperature up to 1 week (sometimes more), or in the freezer for 1 month.


*As the name suggests, liquid smoke adds a hint of smokiness to this recipe. I wouldn’t consider it an essential ingredient, but it does help provide that “bacon-y flavor” and I would highly recommend trying to get your hands on some! It can be found at most grocery stores and online.

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 8 (1/4 cup) servings.
*Recipe loosely adapted from Cookie and Kate.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/4 cup (1 serving of 8) Calories: 93 Fat: 8.5 g Saturated fat: 6.2 g Carbohydrates: 4.6 g Sugar: 2.4 g Sodium: 163 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Protein: 1 g