Raw Eggplant Bacon

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I’ve never really eaten bacon often enough to be any kind of expert, but one thing I can tell you for sure – this raw eggplant bacon is delicious!

To be honest, I’m not even sure why I felt the need to make a raw vegan substitute for bacon, but I’m really glad that I did.

I think a part of me just liked the idea of doing something so creative and, according to all the people who’ve made it before me, so tasty.

I love the idea that you can take a seemingly unrelated collection of ingredients, and produce something that tastes so darn good.

I mean, turning eggplant into bacon? That’s just ridiculous. And I like a challenge.

I also got to use my fancy slicing kitchen gadget (aka my mandolin) to make the super thin slices of eggplant, and who doesn’t like a good excuse to crack out a kitchen gadget?

And although I only used one eggplant, slicing it so thin made it go a long, long way.

We had eggplant bacon coming out of our sandwiches for weeks, so we found along the way that it keeps really well too.

I’ve made a few different “dried veggie chips” recipes, without a great deal of success. I just don’t think dehydrated sweet potato does it for me.

And although this is called bacon, let’s be honest, it really is a fantastically flavoured eggplant chip.

That you can use in place of bacon, if you like.

So that would make this raw eggplant bacon my first successful dehydrated veggie chip. Yay! I like successful experiments.

Mmmmm, so crisp and crunchy and packed with flavour.

And it even looks like bacon, at least a little bit anyway, don’t you think?

Isn’t it simply amazing what you can make with raw vegan food! I never cease to be amazed.

And we also discovered that it makes awesome raw bacon rolls.

Spread some cashew cheese on a slice, add some avocado, tomato and capsicum, roll it up and there you go.

Genuine raw vegan bacon hors d’oeuvres.


We also ate it on flax crackers, in sandwiches, crumbled into salads and rice dishes, and straight from the container.

And it still lasted for ages. The snack that just keeps on giving.

So, are you ready to taste some of this amazing raw eggplant bacon?

Here’s my version of Choosing Raw’s recipe for eggplant bacon.

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