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Vegan bacon - gluten-free, high in protein & super easy to make
I often hear people saying being vegan is great but 'I could never give up bacon'. I thought, challenge accepted!
So I was searching for a recipe that was not just delicious and nutritious but super easy to make as well. For my vegan bacon you only need 6 ingredients: olive oil, soy sauce, miso paste, garlic powder, smoked paprika powder and firm tofu, which I all sourced from my local supermarket.
I've been meaning to try miso paste for a long time but never found the right recipe. But then I thought the umami taste might be ideal for something like vegan bacon. And together with all other ingredients it worked out so well; mouthwateringly well!
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The preparations only take about 5 minutes. Then it goes into the oven for 15 minutes and your vegan bacon is ready to be devoured! For breakfast or as a savoury addition to main dishes and salads.
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There are already a few vegan bacon alternatives out there and also vegan bacon recipes recipes out there but most don't seem to be very healthy and/or low in protein, like rice paper bacon or aubergine bacon and mushroom bacon. So I looked at solutions to find ways to create something that's much more nutritious and high in protein at the same time. Marinating tofu cubes was the magical solution! I think even if you don't like tofu you will like this recipe, this is tofu totally transformed.
Or add the vegan tofu bacon to sandwiches. This one was with hummus, yellow pepper, some paprika powder and finely chopped chives sprinkled on top. It was delicious!
Let the tofu bacon sizzle in the oven for 15 minutes. This is great for the lazy ones among you, there is no turning or tossing required. Just in the oven and a bit later you can take it out and serve the tofu bacon on salads, soups, sandwiches or pasta dishes.
I was also looking at was making bacon from seitan. But a lot of people don't digest seitan well so I had to keep looking. I love bacon and it seemed to be a great 'carrier' of flavour and also high in protein while easily digestible. Combined with all other ingredients, especially miso paste, the tofu transformed into this amazing vegan bacon. I was surprised myself how good it was!
If you want your tofu bacon cubes extra tasty you can squeeze the water out of the tofu first so it can absorb flavours better - just like a sponge! This works really well with a tofu press. You can even buy your own tofu press in my shop. Check it out here.
The tofu bacon works amazingly well in soups too!
The best thing is that this recipe is so easy anyone can do it. And it doesn't just taste amazing, also the texture is quite chewy like real bacon - but without the fatty streaks - I did add 2 tbsp of olive oil instead however, otherwise it would've been too dry. If you're conscious about your oil consumption, you can try using just 1 tbsp or olive oil.
Vegan tofu bacon marinade:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 large tsp or 1 1/2 tsp dark miso paste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
- 150g firm tofu
Preheat your oven to 200C (400F).
To make the marinade for the tofu bacon take a bowl and add 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp soy sauce, 1 large or 1 1/2 tsp miso past (to taste), 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp smoked paprika powder. Mix it all together to get a nice smooth marinade.
Finely cube 150g of firm tofu. I used the one from http://tofoo.co.uk/. I found it had the perfect texture (in the UK you can get it in most Tescos and Sainsburys'.
If your tofu is quite watery (especially if you use firm and not extra firm one) I would recommend using a tofu press to squeeze the water out first. This way the tofu becomes more like a sponge absorbing flavours. You can get your own here in my shop even.
Add the cubed tofu to a tupperware dish and pour the marinade into it. Shake for a few seconds to make sure the marinade covers every single tofu cube.
Transfer to a aluminium foil lined baking tray and spread evenly (the cubes shouldn't stick together for best results).
Bake for 15 minutes.
Take out of the oven and serve the tofu bacon on salads, soups, sandwiches or pasta dishes. Enjoy!
My tofu bacon would also work amazingly well in traditional rice and bean dishes. Just add it to the dishes to give it the little bit extra of flavour. It would work perfectly well with my Austrian rice and bean dish, recipe here.
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