Smoky and spicy with maple undertones, you’re going to love these vegan bacon bits sprinkled all over veggies, salads, and soups. Ready in under 60 seconds – this simple dump and mix recipe requires nothing more than a bowl and measuring spoons. Stir yourself up a batch today and enjoy these bacon-y tidbits for up to a month — they keep in the fridge really well!
TL:DR Summary of Making Vegan Bacon Bits
About the Ingredients
These Vegan Bacon Bits are made with a meat substitute called TVP, which is short for textured vegetable protein. You’ll also see it labelled TSP (textured soy protein) or soy meat or soya chunks. TVP is high in protein and is fat-free. Typically, you buy it dry and then rehydrate it with boiling water. For this recipe, you don’t need to rehydrate it. Just use the dry TVP right from the package.
You should be able to find TVP/TSP in a well-stocked grocery, or in the bulk bins of natural food stores. It’s inexpensive. I paid about $4 Canadian for a 10 oz (283 gram) bag.
The other ingredients are liquid smoke, maple syrup, smoked paprika, salt, and water.
About Liquid Smoke
Liquid smoke is vegan – it’s essentially a distillation of the smoke and steam from burning wood. Be cautious when you use liquid smoke, a little bit goes a long way!
For this recipe, I used the hickory-smoked kind as I think it more closely emulates a real bacon flavour. Look for liquid smoke in the condiment section of your grocery store.
Making Vegan Bacon Bits
This is so easy – just assemble all the ingredients (TVP, salt, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, maple syrup and water) and mix them together. Unlike most recipes that use TVP you do not rehydrate it first. Just dump it in the mixing bowl. When you first make the vegan bacon bits, they will be damp, but not wet. You can eat the vegan bacon bits right away, or store them in the fridge for up to a month. They will get drier the longer you have them but the flavour will remain good.
Ideas for Using Vegan Bacon Bits
Bacon bits are a classic topper for soups, salads and vegetables, such as baked potatoes. I’ll be adding lots of ideas in future posts. Here’s a look ahead to an upcoming recipe, Roasted Yams with Sweet Onion Dressing and Vegan Bacon Bits.
Eating Together Made Easy
These Vegan Bacon Bits are 100% plant-based so they can be enjoyed by eaters of all types. Now for the truth in advertising part — if you blind taste-test these against actual bacon bits, I’m pretty sure it will be obvious which is which. That said, more than one non-vegan in my life has happily eaten them because they just taste good. That’s said, if you’re a group of mixed eaters, you can certainly serve the real stuff for the non-vegans. Or just serve these, but call them “smoky sprinkles”!
Vegan Bacon Bits
- 6 tablespoons textured vegetable protein
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- Combine all ingredients in small bowl. The bacon bits will get drier over time.
Other Names for Textured Vegetable ProteinAlso called TVP, textured soy protein, TSP, soy chunks, soy mince. TVP is made from soy.
About Liquid SmokeLiquid smoke is vegan. I used hickory-flavoured smoke for this recipe.
StorageYou can store these vegan bacon bits in the refrigerator for at least a month, in a sealed container. They will dry out over time but the flavour will remain good.
Nutritional InformationNutritional information is an estimate only.
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