Chewy Vegan Bacon Bits

Is there anything worse than those bags of synthetic bacon bits? …the ones that taste more “synthetic-y” than “bacon-y”?

We often have them on hand because James kind of likes them, but as far as I’m concerned, they’re a quick way to ruin a perfectly good salad.

Anyway, today my good friends at Amazon sent me some Bob’s TVP that Annie recommended a few days ago.

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So I consulted Dr. Internet to discover a recipe I might use to try this apparently amazing product out. A number of online sources suggest that TVP is the perfect texture for vegan bacon bits, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The best recipe seems to be this one from Shane and Simple.

I made a number of changes and doubled the recipe, and it came out very well indeed!

Chewy Vegan Bacon Bits

Mix the following in a small saucepan and bring to a boil…

  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TBS water
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1 TBS liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp Knorr vegetable broth powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Remove from heat and stir in…

  • 1 cup TVP

Stir until all the liquid is absorbed. Leave for at least twenty minutes.

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Yum! Perfect chewy bacon bits!!

At this point, Shane recommends baking the bacon bits, but I’ve always preferred my bacon bits to be chewy, rather than crunchy….not that I’ve eaten a real bacon bit in close to thirty years.

I’m not 100% sure whether this has to be refrigerated, but I’m doing so out of an abundance of caution.

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And the song of the day is Josh Ritter’s “Darlin’.” I’ve given James the assignment of learning to play this song because I fancy we can sing it together. I told him we’d sing it at our wedding, and he raised one quizzical eyebrow before I let him off the hook…on the performing anyway 😉 .

 

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