Bacon-Flavored Almond Slivers

This could easily be a recipe within a recipe. You know, one of those recipes that sits nicely within another recipe?  Because bacon is not something served on it’s own. Usually it’s served on top of or surrounding something else. But the thing is, this is something so easy to make and combines nicely with so many other recipes, I figured it needed it’s own place in the world. So here you go, Bacon-Flavored Almond Slivers.

Veggie Lovers Bacon Flavored Almond Slivers

Have you noticed there are SO many recipes right now with bacon in the oddest of places? Bacon in cookies. Bacon in ice cream. Bacon in popcorn. Seriously!

I think they might be coming out with a bacon body scrub soon. Oh. I should not even put that out in the world. Someone will do that. It seems like everyone has drunk the bacon-flavored Koolaid. This is the part where I roll my eyes behind closed lids.

Because all I can think of is poor, little pigs.

Smoky slivered almonds, an alternative to bacon

It’s not as if we veg-heads don’t like the taste of bacon. Most of us grew up eating that stuff and well, we kind of liked it. But there was that day when we learned what bacon was made from. And then there was that other day when we saw pigs at the state fair and thought they looked kind of cute. And there was that one that nuzzled up kind of close and closed its eyes with pleasure when we scratched that spot between its ears. And then there was the day after that when our mom served bacon for breakfast and we ate it anyway because we really liked it and, darn it, everyone else was eating it and we wanted some too…but then felt kind of terrible about it afterwards.

And then there was Babe.

That’ll do, pig.

Makes my eyes mist a little every time I think of it!

So, I decided to make an alternative. Yes, there are lots of recipes for Coconut Bacon, but for the life of me I have not been able to actually purchase large flakes of coconut like those recipes call for. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen them in the store, but it seems like every time I go to actually buy them, they’re out of stock. Or really expensive.

That’s why I decided to make my own version of bacon using almond slivers…because they’re:

Affordable
Sold in a variety of sizes
Healthy
Crunchy

Sweet and Salty Bacon Flavored Almonds

Now’s the part where you say, “Marly…you look so adorable today!”
“Ah, thanks!” I respond. “Do you really think so?”

No wait. I think you were supposed to say this, “This is great, Marly, but what am I going to do with these Bacon Flavored Almond Slivers when they’re done?”

Then I would smile real big, and prepare to do my happy dance while saying, “That’s what’s so GREAT about these Bacon-Flavored Almond Slivers!”

Yes, I was a cheerleader in high school. It comes out in me at the oddest of times.

These are a perfect bacon substitute in just about any recipe that calls for bacon. For example:

Seven Layer Salad? Yep!
Added to a Loaded Baked Potato? Yep!
Broccoli Salad? Yep!
Sprinkled on top of Cheesy Tofu Scramble? That’s an OH Yeah!

I’m sure you could even sprinkle some of this over some cupcakes. I mean, if you have to. You know, because that’s what everyone else is doing. And here’s where our moms would say, “Would you jump off a bridge if that’s what everyone else was doing?”

But we’re not following the crowd off a bridge, Mom! Not at all. Because we’re using whole food, naturally delicious, life altering Almond Slivers. Life altering? OK. Maybe that’s a stretch, but they’re pretty darn close. So sprinkle them on your popcorn and cupcakes all you want!

Disclaimer: No pigs were harmed in the making of this recipe.

Make this recipe and substitute it for your favorite bacon dish and send me a picture on  Twitter and/or Instagram with the #NamelyMarly hashtag!

Bacon Flavored Almond Slivers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 -4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup slivered almonds (2 oz package)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tamari, a gluten-free soy sauce alternative (or soy sauce if gluten isn't on your list)*
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • sea salt to taste
*Some Tamari products do include some gluten so be sure to check the ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 325F. Spray a baking pan with vegetable spray or line with parchment paper (whichever process your prefer).
  2. Place the slivered almonds in one bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the liquid smoke, maple syrup and tamari. Give it a stir. Then add the paprika and turmeric and stir once more.
  4. Pour the liquid smoke mixture over the almonds and stir gently to ensure each piece is covered.
  5. Spread the seasoned almond slivers across your prepared pan, ensuring they're distributed evenly across the pan. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir to redistribute the seasoning some more. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them because they burn easily. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with sea salt, and allow the almond slivers to cool. Once cool, transfer to a lidded container to store.

Posted 5 months ago by Marly on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 · Permalink

42 Responses to Bacon-Flavored Almond Slivers

  1. You are a genius! I’ve seen that coconut bacon, and I think this is a better idea! I do eat The Bacon made from pigs, but it is always nice–more than nice–to have an option for a meatless Monday or something. Yay, almond bacon!

    I say “That’ll do, pig” more often than maybe is healthy. Love Babe! Baa ram ewe!

    • We can be Babe babes! I love finding recipes that Vegheads and Ominovres can love equally. The more we can all include some meatless meals in our lives, the better! Baa ram ewe to you too! ;)

  2. What a great recipe! I’m definitely going to make these. Thanks!

  3. Creative idea!

    • Thanks, Julie. I like it when creativity rules the day!

  4. Seriously, I want these in place of chips! :)

    • It’s funny you say this because I’ve found myself snacking on them. They’re good plain or on a salad. That’s a hint, by the way. Salad recipe with Bacon Flavored Almonds coming soon!

  5. This is somethin Marly! Bacon bacon-less almonds — I’m in!

  6. Such a creative idea! I must try these! I love that they are vegetarian and healthy for my salad toppings!

  7. You had me at “bacon”!!

  8. I am a carnivore though and through but these look like something my non meat eating friends would enjoy. I’ll have to keep this handy for a snack for get togethers.

    • It’s good to have non-meat eating friends around. Hope they like it!

  9. You have blown my mind here! Lovinggg the fact that they are gluten free and that there is no bacon in them! Can’t wait to make these….and not share!

    • Sharing is for five-year olds. Adults are welcome to keep food to themselves. Did I just say that?

  10. Love this. It would such a tasty addition to so many recipes. Also..we use coconut aminos instead of soy, which is also gluten-free!

    • I haven’t tried coconut amino but I’ve heard it’s good.

  11. Ok, NOW I see what you mean about the bacon flavored almond slivers! These would be absolutely perfect in popcorn. Or anywhere else. I’d just shove a huge handful in my mouth. Love them!

  12. Bacon and almonds– this looks absolutely delicious!

  13. When you can still get all the sweet/salty/crunchy appeal of bacon, then why not? :)

  14. This is so fun! I think I would pretty much eat these by the handful! Can’t wait to try!

  15. Oh my gosh, looks like the PERFECT snack!

  16. I keep staring at these on G+. I love bacon, but I’m totally making these this week as a way to mix things up!

    • They make a perfect option for Meatless Mondays! I know what you mean about G+ – I can get lost with all the beautiful food photography there!

  17. I have the coconut flakes in my fridge… and yet I have never brought myself to make that coconut bacon either. I like your idea a lot. Will certainly give it a go… I just need to find myself some liquid smoke… ;)

    • You can find liquid smoke in most grocery stores – next to the BBQ sauces. Hope you like this as much as we have!

  18. OMG these look amazing!! I just discovered that I have an almond intolerance but that won’t keep from making these for my man – awesome idea and recipe, thanks for sharing!!

    • You might like the coconut flake version of this recipe instead. You can buy bags with large flaked coconut at most health food stores. Hope you like it!

  19. Made these and loved them! Your recipe was perfect, quick, and easy to follow. Thank you so much!!

    • I’m doing my happy dance right now. So glad you liked the recipe!

  20. Oh these are fantastic! These would be great in any salad all summer long and I actually love that you get the bacon flavor without the pork!

  21. One of my favorite salads is that broccoli one with the bacon but I always hesitate to bring it to potlucks because not everyone eats bacon. In fact, in most of the countries I’ve lived in recently, it’s likely that several someones don’t eat bacon. These almonds are the perfect, perfect alternative! I am thinking I should make a double batch and just keep them in a jar in the refrigerator for sprinkling on everything.

    • I love that broccoli salad stuff too. I actually have a Vegan Broccoli Salad that is quite yummy, but adding Bacon-Flavored Almond Slivers to your regular broccoli salad would be good too!

  22. I need to make these and see if they really do taste like bacon but if not; I sure love the flavors going into them so it’s all win win!

    I do eat bacon, yes, real bacon. But not from pigs like Babe. Nope, mine comes from mean, ornery pigs that bully pigs like Babe. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. :)

    • Win-win is always the best. You can have these on your Meatless Mondays!

  23. I came to this recipe when Jenni Field used it on an apple salad on her site, pastrychefonline.com.

    I made these with almond slivers, not slices, and have used them twice: first on a bitter greens salad, where they were great, but yesterday showered them on a cabbage and apple slaw, and they were DIVINE. Really, truly little flavor bombs — smokey, salty, sweety, crunchy, all the adored qualities of actual bacon. Even as a carnivore, I kinda preferred them in some ways to bacon as a salad garnish; they’re more substantial, somehow.

    Thanks so much for this recipe, Marly. Definitely going into my permanent repertoire.