Made from simple ingredients and really easy to make, homemade vegan bacon is better than store-bought. This recipe has a smoky maple taste and a nice soft texture. You will love this version of vegan bacon using Pumfu instead of tofu. High in protein, soy-free and no artificial ingredients.
With lots of family in town this time of year, it's often hard to please everybody's dietary restrictions and tastebuds. This homemade vegan bacon recipe however is so easy to make and will impress eaters of all kinds; especially your plant-based guests and vegetarians.
I paired my homemade bacon with a vegan egg scramble. The key ingredients in this high protein breakfast are Just Egg (high protein egg substitute made from mung beans) and Pumfu (soy alternative made from pumpkin seeds).
If you need some Just Egg recipe ideas, check out these:
Homemade Vegan Bacon Marinade Ingredients
The main ingredient for making my bacon recipe is Pumfu, a tofu alternative made with super clean ingredients: pumpkin seeds and water. That's it! But you will want to give this a maple smoky flavor by marinating it before baking.
What you will need for the marinade:
- avocado oil
- maple syrup
- everything spice
- smoked paprika
- tomato paste
- cayenne pepper & salt
See recipe card for quantities.
Once you whisk together the marinade, spread it evenly over thinly sliced Pumpfu.
Let it marinate while the oven is preheating. Once the oven is preheated, transfer the pumfu slices to a lined baking sheet. Bake until crispy.
Hint: Once you remove the bacon from the oven, let it sit and harden up a bit before serving. But serve warm.
If you know how to make the recipe fit a certain diet, let the reader know here. Don't fake it - only provide guidance on topics you have actual experience with.
- Pumfu - you can use tofu or tempeh instead if you can't get your hands on any soy free pumfu.
- Tamari - freel free to use liquid aminos or soy sauce if you're not gluten free.
- Smoked paprika - if you don't have smoked paprika, sub a little bit of liquid smoke.
- Everything spice - is a spice combination I made up and use it in almost everything I cook. If you don't have it on hand, just sub garlic powder.
Homemade bacon tastes really good by itself, but you can also have fun using it in other recipes as well.
- BLT - make your next BLT vegan!
- Eggs - enjoy it with eggs.
- Pancakes - some people swear by bacon with their pancakes.
- Pasta - you can use this in any pasta recipe that calls for bacon.
- Rice Bowl - use this as the main protein in your next vegan rice bowl.
Other Smoky Recipes
All you will need for this simple recipe is a lined baking sheet and a bowl for the marinade.
You can feel free to turn up the heat for crispier bacon. Or you can even fry these babies up on the stovetop. I like the baking version the best myself though. I haven't tried them yet in an air fryer but if you want to try it, go for it! Let me know how it turns out.
HOMEMADE VEGAN BACON
- Slice the Pumfu length-wise, into very thin slices.
- In a cup, add the rest of the ingredients together. Whisk together with a fork or a whisk.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a deep flat baking dish pour marinade over Pumfu slices. Coat well and let sit while the oven preheats.
- Transfer the slices to a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn the heat up to 400 and bake another 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.