Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits

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Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits

Easy to make with just 7 ingredients, oil-free, gluten-free, and are actually HEALTHY! Healthy bacon? I like the sounds of that! Sprinkle them on salad, soup, pizza, pasta, anywhere you like!
My Notes:
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Meal Type: Sides
Keyword: bacon bits, Tofu Bacon Bits, Vegan Bacon Bits, Vegan Tofu Bacon Bits
Special: 10 Ingredients or Less, Freezer-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Seasonal (Cold Weather), Vegan Meat
Tool: Oven
Ingredient: Tofu
Servings: 24 1 tablespoon servings (make about 1 1/2 cups)
Calories: 26kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon(s) nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon(s) soy sauce, (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon(s) maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon(s) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) liquid smoke
  • 1 12oz block(s) extra-firm tofu drained (no need to press it)
Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper (see notes).
  • Mix the nutritional yeast, soy sauce, smoked paprika, maple syrup, garlic powder, and liquid smoke in the bottom of a large bowl.
  • Crumble the block of tofu with your fingers into the bowl over the seasoning. Mix the tofu crumbles with the seasoning making sure all of the tofu is evenly coated. Spread the tofu crumbles evenly over the prepared pan. Break up any larger pieces of tofu to ensure they tofu is evenly crumbled. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stopping to stir the tofu every now and then. Keep a close eye on it towards the end so that it doesn't burn. You want the tofu to get browned and crispy. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before storing (it will crisp up more as it cools). Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or it freezes wonderfully as well.
Notes
Greasing the pan: I prefer to bake these crumbles on a greased pan as I find the get the most crispy this way. But if you prefer you can line the pan with parchment paper, you may just need to cook them slightly longer. 
Nutrition
Serving: 1tablespoon (recipe makes about 24 tablespoons) | Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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