Homemade Vegan Imitation Bacon Bits!

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

I came across this and wowsa, what a great idea! I no longer have to search for bacon bits that do not contain natrural flavoring! So easy to make at home.You can add the maple extract or not, it's good both ways. I used an idea from a reviewer to tweek the recipe just a little. Thank you Joni Marie Newman. Update: I have added more flavor by using soy sauce and molasses.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke (30 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 34 cup water (about)
  • 1 cup textured vegetable protein, granules (TVP-96 g)
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 2 -3 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (or other neutral vegetable oil-45 ml)
  • 2 drops maple extract (optional)


  1. Add the liquid smoke, soy sauce, molasses to a measuring cup , then fill with water to get one cup.
  2. In a microwave safe dish, mix together liquid smoke mixture, TVP and salt.
  3. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high for five minutes. Carefully remove the wrap.
  4. Preheat a skillet with the oil.
  5. If using maple extract, add to the reconstituted TVP now and mix well.
  6. Add reconstituted TVP to the pan and toss to make sure it all gets coated with oil. Pan fry until desired crispness. Stir often. You don’t necessarily want to “brown” them, but dry them out. This should take about ten minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.
  8. Store in the refrigerator. The bits should last at least a week. Or you can store in the freezer, they will last a long time!
Most Helpful

Pretty good. I did what the reviewer said and added more soy sauce and liquid smoke. We also added paprika (no need to use food coloring). DELICIOUS. : ) Will definitely be making this in the future.

wisconsincheddar28 December 09, 2013

This was very easy and certainly yielded crunchy little bits that would add nice texture to salads, sandwiches, or to the top of a soup. I did find that the flavor was a little light for my own taste, so I would probably tweak it by adding some molasses and soy sauce to more closely resemble the flavor of this cook's (Sharon123) Bacon with a Vegan recipe, which is fantastic. Thanks for the recipe Sharon123!

Jujubegirl June 01, 2011