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The Scrummiest Vegan Alternatives to Bacon (+ Recipes to Try at Home)

But what about bacon?

As vegans of 5 years, we can’t tell you how many times we have heard that question.

Little do our omnivorous friends and family know, there are now hundreds of plant-based alternatives to bacon and, if you don’t already know about them, you’re in for a treat!

From vegan crispy bacon bits to chewy strips, maple-smoked, DIY facon, and even in seasoning form, we’ve got the solution to all of your bacon cravings. 

Are you ready to wake up and smell the bacon?

Let’s go!

#1 Best Alternative: This Isn’t Bacon

We LOVE This Isn’t Bacon. Crispy and chewy like the real thing, great taste, high in plant-based protein, and fortified with iron and vitamin B12! The texture is where this one hits home. 

Plus, they managed to fool people into thinking Ed Sheeran was serving them chicken from a food truck…so they’ve got our vote!


#2 Second Favourite: Vegan Cartel – Vegan Bacon

Source: Little London Vegan

Vegan Cartel Bacon is insane! High in protein and a source of vitamin B12 and iron, these rashers also have a delicious flavour and amazing texture.

It has 26% more protein than real bacon and the branding is frickin’ awesome.

Buy buy buy!


#3 Vivera Plant Bacon Pieces

Salty, chewy, smoky, yummy little pieces of goodness. These come a close third, as we think the flavour of these bacon pieces is fabulous!

Please please please make them bigger Vivera.


#4 VBites Cheatin’ Meat Maple Flavoured Rashers

These rashers sizzle and colour nicely when fried. Great for a bacon sarnie!


#5 Tofurky Tempeh Smoky Maple Bacon

Doesn’t really taste or have the texture of bacon other than the smoky maple flavours. Nevertheless, these are delicious and they’re a great substitute if you’re looking for a protein hit!


#6 Upton’s Naturals – Bacon Seitan

This vegan alternative is probably one of the more bland options, but it delivers on texture and protein! Just make sure you add loads of BBQ sauce.

See Also

Fancy making your own bacon alternative?

1. Daikon Bacon

Hmm…we haven’t tried this one yet (which is surprising since Alice lived in Korea for a couple of years) but we hear that it’s one of the best.

If you try making it, please let us know what you think in the comments!

2. Rice Paper Bacon

These bad boys can be flavoured however you want and fry up nice and crispy. Give them a try!

3. Tofu Bacon

Who doesn’t love tofu? Simple and easy recipe to follow with lots of protein.

4. Aubergine Bacon

Another great plant-based alternative. Simply slice, brush with sauce, and bake.

5. Seitan Bacon

Seitan (or vital wheat gluten) is a bit of a faff, but certainly worth the effort!

6. Coconut Bacon Pieces

These vegan coconut bacon pieces are great for sprinkling on top of meals. Scrummy!

Vegan Sisters: Comprised of Alice and Lucy Johnson. Both work online and travel the world whilst exploring all the vegan food on offer. Building an online vegan community for people everywhere!
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