“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
I’d like think that Margaret Mead somehow could see beyond the time-space continuum and was somehow referring to the folks behind Coconut Bacon and my friend Marisa Miller Wolfson (and returning guest blogger) when she said this famous quote. Now I know this is pretty improbable unless we learn some day that we are in fact in the same universe as Bill & Ted. Which let’s face it would be amazing! But I’m pretty sure we’re living in something a bit more like this… but that’s a tangent for another day.
Back to our post… Marisa Miller Wolfson is not only a force for good in this universe, a new mother and the mega-mind/star of the documentary Vegucated – she’s a pretty smart cookie* when it comes to saving our farmyard friends. When I asked her if she wanted to help launch our “Favorites” page in the shopping section of our blog by reviewing a vegan product she thought was a “game changer” – she automatically called dibs on Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon. This is a clever product that is not only going to save those sweet little piggies but it’s better for those bacon addicted hipsters and Paula Dean disciples too. Everyone wins when your “bacon” grows on trees!
So without further ado – please welcome our guest blogger today – Marisa with one of the most delightfully appetizing sandwiches ever!
If you are vegan AND you have ever posted something about pigs online, you will have gotten at least one “Mmm bacon” comment.
Now after having tested Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon I am just itching to write an “mmm…coconut bacon” comment somewhere.
I’d heard about coconut bacon from Vegucated co-producer Demetrius Bagley, who had waxed poetic about a recipe for it on Vegan Good Things, Leinana Two Moons’ blog. He had been telling her for years to bag it up and sell it. Well, the folks of Phoney Baloney beat her to the punch, and Demetrius sent me a few bags of it to try. Since then several friends have tried it, including Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur, and every single one of us had the same reaction: bugged out eyes that say “holy sh*t – that tastes just like bacon” followed by the words “that tastes just like bacon.” Then, a more knowing look and an, “oh, now I taste the coconut.” And finally they will list what all they want to try the coconut bacon on.
First on my list was a baked potato. I tried it on a russet with baked beans and Tofutti Sour Supreme. Delicious! Sometimes on my potatoes I want a sprinkle of Daiya to add some saltiness and chewiness. Coconut bacon did the trick with fewer calories. The bag says half a cup has only 130 calories, but at 633 mg of sodium per serving you can’t eat a half a cup without a quart of water to wash it down and a beta blocker to lower your blood pressure. But I don’t think the manufacturers intend you to eat it by the half cupful but rather as a condiment, Bacos-style, over salads and in sandwiches. Which is exactly what I did.
I sprinkled it on a spinach salad. It got me excited about spinach salad again.
Then I took the advice on the bag itself: try it on an Elvis, a peanut butter and banana sandwich. I did. Yum-o!
But I didn’t stop there. I tweaked that and used almond butter instead of peanut butter, and the smoothness of the almond butter complemented the tang of the coconut bacon even better.
The package suggests using it in baked goods as well. Not sure about a chocolate chip coconut bacon cookie, but a tofu-coconut bacon quiche would be amazing. If anyone does make one, would you kindly post a photo on Facebook so I can see it and comment, “mmm…coconut bacon”? Thank you!
* A vegan cookie – like an oreo.