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Hi there! We’re Linda and Alex, the mother daughter duo and creators of Veganosity. Thanks for visiting us, we’re so happy you’re here. If you’re looking for Southern inspired vegan comfort food recipes, you’ve come to the right place.
We love vegan comfort food and we’re really good at making it. Take a tour through our site and you’ll find all of the recipes that scream, stretchy pants required!
The good news, they’re all plant-based recipes, so you don’t need to feel guilty eating them. Now sit back, relax, and eat happy. 🙂
Also, in case you didn’t know, we’re published cookbook authors. We’ve written two vegan cookbooks that will help you make amazing vegan BBQ (you don’t even need a grill) and everyday meals, from breakfast to dessert.
SMOKY MAPLE TOFU BACON
We know that this recipe is going to get bacon connoisseur’s undies in a twist, and that’s fine.
Our mission is to make plant food taste like the food we used to eat. No animals harmed.
Does our vegan bacon recipe taste exactly like bacon made from pigs. Of course not.
Is it a close enough version that will satisfy the craving for salty, smoky, crunchy, and chewy food? Absolutely!
Homemade tofu bacon is pure comfort food in plant form, and we know that you’re going to love it.
VEGAN BACON INGREDIENTS
This vegan tofu bacon recipe is super easy and calls for only 6 simple ingredients.
- Extra-firm tofu
- Vegetable oil
- Tamari or soy sauce
- Liquid smoke
- Vegan Worcestershire sauce
- Maple syrup
We recommend using the firmest tofu you can find and pressing all of the liquid out of it before slicing the tofu about a quarter of an inch thick.
The thinner it is the crispier it will get.
IS LIQUID SMOKE GOOD FOR YOU?
There are many debates about the safety of liquid smoke.
Some say it’s bad for you and some say otherwise.
We like to go with what scientists say, and not the mainstream.
Here’s what we know.
- Liquid smoke is not made with chemicals.
- The flavor comes from the water vapor of smoke that is trapped in a tube.
- Smoked paprika is flavored with it and so are other smoky flavored ingredients.
- It adds a wonderful smoky flavor to food, and you don’t need a lot to get that flavor.
If you’re not okay with using it, feel free to leave it out. Just know that the flavor of this recipe will be seriously compromised.
IS SOY BAD FOR YOU?
This is another topic that’s been hotly debated. Here’s what we know.
Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are totally different than the estrogen people get from eating estrogen from animals.
Studies on phytoestrogen have shown that it’s actually good for fighting cancer and improving bone strength.
If you look at Asian populations, who eat the most amount of soy, you’ll find that they have the lowest cancer rates.
While Western countries, who consume the biggest amount of dairy and meat, have the highest cancer rates.
Food for thought.
HOW TO MAKE TOFU BACON
Press the excess water out of a block of extra-firm tofu.
Slice it into 1/4 inch thin strips.
In a wide shallow bowl, whisk the oil, tamari, liquid smoke, vegan Worcestershire sauce, and maple syrup until completely combined.
Place the tofu strips in the bowl and make sure that both sides are covered in the marinade.
Line the tofu bacon strips up evenly on a baking sheet (line with parchment paper for easy clean up), and pour or brush with the remaining marinade.
Bake the tofu for 8 to 10 minutes and flip. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and nicely browned.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH TOFU BACON
Everything’s better with tofu bacon.
MORE TOFU COMFORT FOOD RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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VEGAN TOFU BACON
- 14 ounce extra-firm tofu pressed
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce we use Annie’s or Wizard’s brand for gluten-free
- ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F (204˚C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Press the water out of the tofu and thinly slice, approximately a 1/4 inch thick.
- In a large shallow bowl, whisk the 1 tbsp vegetable oil, ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce, 1 tbsp liquid smoke, 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce, and the ½ tsp pure maple syrup until fully combined.
- Dip the tofu strips into the marinade, making sure both sides are covered.
- Place the strips evenly on the baking sheet and pour or brush the excess marinade on top of the strips.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and flip. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until crispy and nicely browned.