Vegan Bacon: 3 Brands Put to the Ultimate Taste Test

On this episode of Eatkindly With Me, influencer Suresh Seneviratne puts three vegan bacon products to the ultimate taste test.

Trying to find *the* perfect slice of vegan bacon? Look no further.

On this episode of Eatkindly With Me, influencer Suresh Seneviratne puts three vegan bacon products to the test to find out which one tastes the best. 

“Today, we’re going to be doing a fry up and taste. We’re going to make BLTs. And then we’re going to do maple vegan bacon cookies,” he explains.

So, aside from animal welfare issues, what’s wrong with animal-derived bacon? “Very unfortunately,” he continues. “Pork is one of the top four greenhouse gas generating animal products right after lamb, beef, and cheese.”

“Americans consume enough bacon a year to produce 49.6 billion pounds of CO2 emissions, which is the same amount as 4.75 million cars,” he continues.

Vegan Bacon: 3 Brands Put to the Ultimate Taste Test
Suresh taste tests three different types of vegan bacon. | Suresh Seneviratne/LIVEKINDLY

Ultimate Vegan Bacon Taste Test


For the vegan bacon taste test, Suresh tries three products: Yves Veggie Bacon, Upton’s Naturals Bacon Seitan, and Lightlife Smart Bacon.

So, how do they stack up? “Delicious,” Suresh says of Yves veggie bacon. “It has a nice texture, good body to it.” For the bacon seitan, he says the vegan bacon smells and looks just its animal-derived counterpart. “Oh my God, you guys,” he says. “That tastes just like bacon! It’s very crispy. It has a nice bite to it.” And for the third product: “Oh, it’s so good,” Suresh says after the first bite. “Legit tastes like bacon. It handles like bacon. It’s not as greasy. It has a lot more flavor.”

And the winner is… “My favorite of all of them is the Lightlife one,” Suresh says. “It has the most texture. It feels and handles very much like bacon. It’s so good!”

For the second portion of the taste test, Suresh whips up vegan maple bacon cookies using the three different brands (see recipe below). “All three of the bacons held up quite nicely in the oven,” Suresh says.

“They didn’t dry out. They didn’t lose their flavor,” he continues. “I would say the winner of this bacon taste test round is our bacon number two: the Upton’s Naturals bacon seitan.”

The final round: vegan BLTs. Suresh uses Follow Your Heart Vegenaise, organic tomatoes, and arugula. “I have to say, the winner of this round is our bacon seitan from Upton’s Naturals,” he says.

Vegan Maple Bacon Cookies

20 mins to prep
10 mins to cook
Vegan

Ingredients

  • ½ cup vegan butter (at room temperature)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup vegan bacon bits 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 2
    Mix the softened vegan butter with sugar using an electric mixer until it’s light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. 3
    Add in the vanilla extract and maple syrup. Mix until fully combined.
  4. 4
    Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix by hand using a spatula until fully combined. The dough will be crumbly.
  5. 5
    Stir in the vegan bacon bits.
  6. 6
    Roll 1-2 tablespoons of dough between your hands, form into a ball, and place on a lined baking tray. (Option: You can also use the bottom of a drinking glass to gently press cookies down. This will create a flat cookie versus a round ball.)
  7. 7
    Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.
  8. 8
    Option: Sprinkle the cookies with sugar right after you take them out of the oven. You can also brush maple syrup over the warm cookies with a pastry brush.
  9. 9
    Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies will keep for 3-5 days.

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