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Many believe that necessity is the mother of invention—and take this to be the explanation for the wide range of extremely creative and resourceful vegan foods.
With no dairy or eggs to work with, vegans get crafty with what's available, turning bananas into ice cream, cashews into cheese (and cheesecake), avocados into chocolate cake, and chickpea liquid into mousse and mozzarella.
Aphorisms and noun family trees aside, these 7 vegan "bacon" recipes most certainly demonstrate innovation. Turn to them when real bacon isn't an option, when store-bought alternatives are puzzling, or when you're looking for something smoky and savory (meat-free or not!).
Whether bacon counts as a necessity—that's up to your own interpretation.