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Veggie Bacon Bits (Made with TVP)

These TVP bacon bits are packed with smoky, salty flavor and are the perfect vegan replacement for bacon bits. Easy to make and can be gluten free!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword TVP bacon bits, Veggie bacon bits
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 89kcal




Step 1: Prep Bacon Bits

  • Add all ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
    1 cup textured vegetable protein, ¾ cup vegetable broth, 3 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon smoked salt
  • Stir until the TVP is well coated with spices and sauces.
  • Place in the microwave and cook for 1 minute on the highest setting. At this point, the TVP should have completely absorbed all liquid; if not, continue microwaving in 30-second intervals until no liquid remains.

Step 2: Bake and Serve

  • Prep a baking tray by covering it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Spread the TVP across your baking tray in an even layer, as thin as possible.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 350 °F for 30 minutes. Remove the bacon bits every 10 minutes to toss around and allow for even cooking.
  • The bacon bits should be mostly crisp when they’re done (they continue to crisp slightly as they cool).
  • Let the bacon bits cool completely on your baking tray before serving.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight jar or container for up to a week.



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.


Serving: 1Serving (¼ of recipe) | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg