Easy Vegan Bacon Bits

July 30, 2018
2 Ratings
Photo by Shane Martin
  • Prep time 2 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Makes 1 cup
Author Notes

Savory, smoky, sweet, crunchy and delicious easy vegan bacon bits made from TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein). These things are excellent for sprinkling on top of salads, baked potatoes or simply eating by the handful. Which, I’m not ashamed to say, “I do!” —Shane Martin

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup TVP Textured Vegetable Protein
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari sauce, or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place all ingredients, EXCEPT FOR TVP, in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the mixture starts to boil, remove from heat and add TVP. Stir until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 225 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread bacon bits out evenly on baking sheet and place in oven. Cook for just a couple minutes then shake so the bacon bits will cook evenly. Repeat until the bacon bits are crispy, but be careful not to burn.

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4 Reviews

Jazmin G. August 14, 2020
It’s Celsius, I did 470 F. I’m in Denver CO 5280 elevation 👍🏽
Jazmin G. August 14, 2020
It’s Celsius, I did 470 F. I’m in Denver CO 5280 elevation
acowl July 22, 2020
Would be nice to know if 225 is C or F
Aurora B. November 23, 2018
Decided to look for something for my salad last minute. I had all the ingredients on hand and was more than pleasently surprised at the flavour. Just like the bacon bits you buy in the store. Slightly sweet but that suits my taste. They were so good I used leftovers in a Thanksgiving stuffing.