Superfood Recipe: Yacon Syrup Recipe for Vegan Bacon w/ Carrots
Gearing up for summer brunches and BBQ’s but looking for a little healthier fare?
Whether you serve this “bacon” with a side of eggs or atop your favorite veggie burger, it’s sure to please meat eaters and vegans alike. Sweet and earthy carrots (coated in a glaze of pure Yacon syrup and liquid amino acids) cook up to create an astoundingly bacon-like treat that’s smoky, meaty, and delicious in its own unique way.
Ditch the ‘facon’ (aka the preservative-loaded mystery-substance bacon imitations) and go for a truly whole-food version of this classic and trendy staple snack.
Why Use Yacon Syrup?
Yacon syrup is a sweet extract from the root of the yacon plant, which is similar in appearance to a sweet potato. While humble in appearance, this little tuber is making major headlines. Popularized most recently by a Dr. Oz study on it weight loss effects, Yacon’s list of health benefits seems to grow continuously. As one of the world’s best sources of fructooligosacharides (FOS), yacon is a uniquely low-calorie sweetener that escapes the normal digestive process and instead functions as a “prebiotic,” fueling the good bacteria in the digestive system. Because it passes through the body undigested, you can enjoy its sweet taste without taking in many calories, while simultaneously fueling a myriad of beneficial processes instigated by the good bacteria in the colon. A quick glance at yacon’s list of health benefits includes:
- Blood sugar balance
- Improved digestion and nutrient absorption
- Antioxidant effects
- Immune stimulation
- Weight loss
- Heart health
- Low glycemic, nutrient-rich sweetener
The Yacon root can be eaten raw as a whole food, or in powder or syrup form. The syrup is more commonly recognized and can be added to tea, baked goods, or drizzled on your favorite dessert. Because of its high FOS content, it’s a great alternative sweetener that won’t spike your blood sugar levels like other conventional sugars do, plus it has the added benefit of being minimally processed, nutrient-rich and highly nourishing through the digestive process and growth of probiotic bacteria.
In this Yacon syrup recipe, Yacon adds a gentle sweetness to the carrots and encourages their caramelization in the oven. Paired with liquid aminos and mesquite powder it lends a very bacon-like flavor to the carrot ribbons. The end result is a crispy, satisfyingly meat-like but not meat-full treat that you can feel good about indulging in for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all summer long!
Yacon Syrup Recipe for Vegan Carrot Bacon
2 large carrots
2 Tbsp Yacon Syrup
1 tsp Bragg’s liquid amino acids
1/2 tsp mesquite powder
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use a mandoline or a very sharp knife to slice the carrots lengthwise in long, thin ribbon-like strips. Set the carrot ribbons aside while you prepare the glaze.
- For the glaze, combine the Yacon syrup, liquid aminos and liquid smoke in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Put the carrot ribbons in with the Yacon syrup mixture and toss to evenly coat the carrots with the glaze.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the carrot ribbons out on the sheet, ensuring the ribbons are not touching one another.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 7-10 minutes. If you like crispier “bacon” leave them in the oven for 2-3 more minutes or until the ribbons begin to brown and caramelize.
This creative Yacon syrup recipe was submitted to us by Bethany Ugarte aka @lilsipper. If you are not already, follow her on Instagram for more creative recipes!
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