Cauliflower Bacon–Yes, Really!

Crispy, smoky, surprisingly addictive, & completely vegan cauliflower bacon.

When I first got the idea to make cauliflower bacon, I was shocked to find no one on the internet had done it yet. After all, people have done everything with cauliflower – A few weeks ago, I saw a store selling cauliflower ice cream.

My favorite cauliflower recipe is still this Sticky Sesame Cauliflower.

And I know… bacon lovers are reading this post and thinking, UGH HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO BACON???

But most commercial brands of bacon bits are actually not real bacon either; they’re made up of ingredients such as maltodextrin, caramel color, and FD&C Red 40, whatever that is. Cauliflower sounds much less scary, and much more delicious! There are recipes out there for eggplant bacon, and mushroom bacon, and tempeh bacon, and carrot bacon, even coconut bacon. So why not cauliflower bacon?

cauliflower bacon bits

Soon will come the day when someone does kale bacon.

Don’t worry; it won’t be me.

Even I think that’s taking things too far!

Then again, maybe now that I’ve done cauliflower bacon, I shouldn’t be allowed to judge anyone for anything, ever again. Anyway, the recipe came about after I had a conversation with a friend on how strange it is that we live in a world where bacon (not exactly healthy) and cauliflower (one of the healthiest things you can eat) share the spotlight for trendiest food of the moment. I jokingly said someone ought to put the two together and really shake things up. My friend said it sounded like a terrible idea… So then of course I had to try it.

Related: 50 Healthy Cauliflower Recipes