Vegan MoFo 2012 / Whole Life Challenge

Vegan MoFo: Homemade Tempeh Bacon


If you’re a seasoned veg*n you’ve experienced the magical beauty of tempeh bacon. With its own unique combination of nutty/smoky/salty/sweet flavors it is a perfect accompaniment to TLTs, tofu scrambles, casseroles, or any brunch worth attending. If you’re new to veg*n food, this is the post for you! There are a couple different tempeh bacons on the market now and work so very well for convenience.

Unfortunately, for my Whole Life Challenge, I am unable to consume some of the processed and soy ingredients found in the marinades used in these products. So, what’s a gal to do? Make her own! After searching for a tweakable recipe online I concocted my own gluten-free, sugar-free tempeh bacon recipe.

The secret behind these strips is Coconut Secret’s Coconut Aminos – an excellent alternative to soy sauce which boasts more amino acids than other soy-based products. It is made from sap from the coconut tree. I recommend giving it a try! Behold:

Gluten & Sugar Free Tempeh Bacon
1 block of tempeh, cut into thin strips
2 tbs Coconut Aminos
1-2 tbs peanut oil
1 tsp stevia
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Combine marinade ingredients and coat tempeh strips well. Let sit for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • Heat a pan with peanut oil on medium heat and saute the strips on each side for about 3-5 minutes, or until browned.
  • Enjoy!

I served these puppies up for breakfast with savory mashed sweet potatoes with onions, rosemary, and thyme. Yum! How do you tempeh?


One thought on “Vegan MoFo: Homemade Tempeh Bacon

  1. Mmm, tempeh bacon is so tasty! I haven't tried coconut aminos, but I'd like to add it to my pantry after hearing your raves for it. I don't have a problem with tamari, but it would be nice to have an alternative every now and again.


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