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Maple Coconut “Bacon” Blondies (Vegan)

Yes that’s exactly right, I’m telling you that we’re having “bacon” for dessert! Say What?


It might seem crazy to some people and you’re probably thinking that, for a girl who claims to not like bacon much, why would I make these? Well, the thing is that I’ve got a lot of friends that do enjoy it and when I found out there was a way to make “bacon” out of coconut I knew it would open doors. Hey, I live with lots of bacon lovers so it gets included a lot in my crazy schemes even if it’s not my thing.

Bacon and maple aren’t necessarily specific to Autumn but I think we can all agree that they definitely fit right in. I think this is a good place to start getting into the mood.

I know it’s harder for some of you then others right now because you might still be in really hot weather. Like, when I was growing up in Tennessee I remember it taking forever to stay crisp and Autumn-y because the agonizingly humid summer was reluctant to hit the road. 

You should definitely take a little piece of time to stop and make these bars because, hello, they are amazing! And I don’t even like actual bacon!

Maple Coconut "Bacon" Blondies (Vegan)

If you think it's sounds like a crazy flavor combination, you're probably right. Hey, but all the best things in life require a little crazy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 - 20 bars

Ingredients

Coconut "Bacon Bits":

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut chips/flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce use tamari or coconut aminos if gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Bars:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream *see note
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Coconut "Bacon Bits":

  1. Toast the coconut with oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until edges are starting to turn golden brown. Reduce heat to low and add remaining ingredients for the "bacon" and stir for another few minutes until the liquid has mostly evaporated. Remove from heat and pour into a separate dish so you can use the pan again.

Bars:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease a 8x8inch glass or metal pan. Cream coconut oil and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Scrape sides of bowl, then add coconut cream, maple syrup, while stirring and mix until combined. Add extracts, soda, and salt; mix until combined. Pour in flour one cup at a time and beat after each addition. mix in about 3/4 cup of the "bacon" and press the dough into the prepared pan.
  2. Bake for 24 - 28 minutes until the center and edges are lightly browned. Remove and allow to sit for about 30 minutes until cool.

Frosting:

  1. While bars cool, whisk coconut oil with milk, syrup, salt, and extracts in a medium mixing bowl until smooth. Slowly mix in powdered sugar until frosting is completely smooth. Pour over cooled bars and sprinkle crumbled "bacon bits" over top.
  2. Cut into desired amount of squares and serve. Ice cold milk will be required.

Recipe Notes

If you have trouble finding coconut cream at your local grocery store it's completely fine to use full-fat coconut milk and scrape the cream off of the top. Just be sure that it's cold enough to separate.

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