Bacony Quinoa {vegan, whole food}

Bacony Quinoa

As you may know, I’ve tried many, many bacon substitute recipes in the past. Bacon is the single meat that I ever thought was delicious. Well, bacon and steak, but steak was a wavering thing while I always liked bacon. So, in our mostly meatless household, I do a lot of different sub-ins for bacony flavor. I really, really liked my Mushroom Bacon Bits and even my Black Forest Bacon Strips. And I can totally still make those using smoked salt instead of delicious bacon salt (which I discovered had non-whole ingredients once I became a little more vigilant in my label reading). But, they’re not quite the same. So, I decided to try something completely different and completely simple. The greatest part of this substitute is it’s a natural complete protein (quinoa) with a bit of bacony flavor added in. It’s awesome! AND, you can make it “crispy” by pan-frying the cooked quinoa. Awesome! I highly recommend giving this recipe a shot.

Bacony Quinoa


  • Soaked quinoa
  • water
  • hickory smoked salt
  • salt and pepper and desired seasonings (I use smoked tomato blend) to taste


Cooke your soaked quinoa and add seasonings when finished.

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The Results

Wowza! I absolutely love this “bacon.” AND, the kids and Mr. Meaty love it!

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  1. dawn says

    Hey!!! Where can I get my hands on some hickory smoked salt??? I just checked my Penzeys catalogue and its not in there.. Thank you


    • says

      I either make my own or get it at the farmer's market. I imagine you could get it at a health food store though and maybe Whole Foods. To make your own, try this method, with hickory chips and raw white rice in the bottom with large grain salt in the strainer. Home Smoked Chipotle Peppers