Vegan Lentil Bacon Bits Recipe
A google search for lentil bacon bits results in many recipes. The ones I read just didn't seem all that great.
My vegan lentil bacon bits are super crunchy and also very easy to make. From start to finish, it only takes about 30 minutes. This includes the cooking time.
They're so good that I often just snack on them straight up like nuts.
1 1/2 cups dry lentils
2 tbls olive oil
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tbls salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1/2 tsp dry thyme
Grind the dry lentils in a coffee/spice grinder until broken down, but not total dust. You want some chunks. A few pulses per 3/4 cup dose.
Add the lentils and remaining ingredients to a small mixing bowl and stir until the mixture is completely moistened.
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Press the mixture evenly and flatly to fill it. For this amount, you'll have to do two batches.
Allow it cook undisturbed for several minutes until the mixture begins to dry out and solidify. About 5 minutes.
Then break it up and stir often to brown all the bits and pieces evenly. Another 3-5 minutes.
Remove to a heat safe container to cool.
Repeat with the next batch.
Easy and scrumptious. Totally vegan. Way better than any store bought variety. Good for you too!
I use lentils to add much needed copper to my diet. A vegan diet can easily lack in copper. But lentils and kale can provide a good supply.