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Tofu Bacon Bits (Vegan Bacon Crumbles)

This recipe for tofu bacon bits is simple to make and creates deliciously crunchy, smoky and salty bacon crumbles. They’re perfect to use in Caesar salad, on tofu scramble, in wraps, on a baked potato; however you’d use “regular” bacon bits! Gluten and nut free.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword Tofu Bacon Bits, Vegan Bacon Bits
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 52kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1: Crumble Tofu and Mix in Flavoring

  • If you typically press your tofu (and liquid comes out) it’s best to start with that. It’s not strictly necessary but the cook time will increase if there’s excess liquid in your tofu.
  • After pressing the tofu, crumble very small pieces from it into a mixing bowl. Make your tofu the size of small bacon crumbles as it’ll bake more evenly and become crunchier the smaller the pieces are.
    175 grams extra firm tofu
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients.
    3 tablespoons tamari, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, ½ teaspoon smoked salt, 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Stir until the tofu is evenly coated with everything.

Step 2: Bake and Serve

  • Prep a baking tray by covering it with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Spread the tofu crumble into a thin, even layer across the baking tray.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 350 °F for 45 minutes, tossing the bacon bits around every 15 minutes.
  • Once baked, the crumble should mostly feel crisp but will crisp more as it cools. The bacon bits should be a dark brown color and should have “shrunk” as water content of the tofu is now evaporated.
  • Allow the bacon bits to cool completely before refrigerating in an airtight container.

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Notes

Accuracy of nutrition information cannot be guaranteed (certain ingredients may not have all nutrients listed in the database); amounts may vary (and will vary depending on brands of ingredients used); all nutrition fact values rounded to the nearest whole number.
*I buy smoked salt at a local bulk food store. If you can’t find this ingredient, use ½ teaspoon regular salt with a small drop of liquid smoke.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving (⅙ of recipe) | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg