International Bacon Day is an unofficial holiday that has been observed on the Saturday before Labor Day since 2009. With the World Health Organization’s recent classification of bacon as a group 1 carcinogen, as well as the extreme cruelty that goes into bacon production, celebrating the day with animal-based bacon doesn’t really seem like a good idea. Fortunately, we can now enjoy healthy, plant-based bacon with Baconish by Leinana Two Moons.
With Baconish, which was recently named one of the The Best Vegan Cookbooks to Look For In 2016 by Peta, you can enjoy that salty, smoky, crispy bacony flavor with healthy plant-based ingredients. Leinana includes her basic bacon recipes, which are made with a variety of plant-based ingredients, as well a large variety of recipes that call for vegan bacon. These healthy, animal-friendly dishes are so flavorful, they will satisfy even the most hardcore bacon fiend.
Here are seven vegan bacon dishes from Baconish to help you celebrate International Bacon Day the cruelty-free way:
Coconut Bacon – This is the recipe that inspired the book, and it’s a great introduction to vegan bacon.
Pasta with Leeks and Bacon – The delicate sweetness of leeks pairs wonderfully with savory vegan bacon and a light creamy sauce in this simple but delicious pasta recipe.
Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake with Cherries and Bacon – This crowd-pleasing coffee cake is incredibly moist and has little bits of savory bacon interspersed with chocolate chips and cherries, topped with a cinnamon-scented brown sugar streusel.
BLT Hot Dogs with Bacon Remoulade – After trying these vegan BLT Hot Dogs with Bacon Remoulade you’ll wonder why you’ve never before topped your hot dogs with salad.
The Famous Coconut BLT – This sandwich will make any vegan-bacon skeptic a true believer.
Chocolate-Peanut Bacon Truffles – These truffles are like a grownup version of peanut butter cups.
Bacon Pancake Dippers – These dippers are a simple and ingenious way to combine your favorite sweet and savory breakfast elements, giving you the perfect bacon-to-pancake ratio in each bite.