Eggplant Bacon

October 4th, 2012 · Lisa · raw, Recipes, Savory, vegan mofo · Comments
I’ll be serving up awesome dishes from the menu of my imaginary vegan B&B all month long.

Did the wafting smell of warming spices wake you?

I was worried that you might be feeling the autumn chill this morning so I thought I would make you a big batch of smoky, spicy, eggplant bacon. If you want to grab a spot on the couch, you could watch an episode of Downton Abbey or Madmen while I get your breakfast together.

Would you like your eggplant bacon on top of whole grain toast? I can spread it with hummus or avocado? I’m just steaming the coconut milk for your chai latte, now.

I know the eggplant bacon has quite a kick. It provides just enough punch to get you going on a crisp fall day.

Eggplant Bacon


  • 2 medium eggplant
  • 1-2 chipotles (dried or in a can with adobo sauce)
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP date paste
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • pinch salt


  1. Using a mandoline or V-slicer, create thin slices of eggplant.
  2. If using dried chipotles, soak in 1/2 cup of warm water until soft. Use this water in the recipe in place of the 1/2 cup of water called for.
  3. In a blender combine all of the ingredients except the eggplant and blend until well combined.
  4. In a large bowl, pour the sauce over the eggplant slices. Toss to coat each slice in the spicy mixture.
  5. On a Teflex-lined dehydrator tray, spread out the slices in a single layer (I used 3 trays for this recipe).
  6. Dehydrate at 115F for 12 hours.
  7. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.

I hope this is just the start of the spiciness you’ll enjoy today. Now, get out there and embrace the sunshine.

p.s. I’m still in Paris! No, eggplant bacon for me…but lots of spicy language anyway.


  1. Celine
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Possibly the most beautiful vegan bacon I’ve seen, ever. Can’t wait to try it.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you Celine! I hope you love it. I ended up adding to salads and avocado sandwiches. The spice added such a great bite to those dishes.

  2. Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Is it unusual to be homesick for a place that doesn’t exist?

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      It may be unusual but it fills me with great joy! Thank you. xo

  3. Posted October 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    That is some beautiful looking vegan bacon.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you Ashley!

  4. Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Great concept and it looks good. Can’t wait to try this out.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 6, 2012 at 5:11 am

      Thanks Joshua!

  5. Lacey H
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    This looks gorgeous and sounds delicious, but I have to ask-how easy is to mandoline eggplant? Eggplant (at least around my parts) isn’t firm enough to take well to a mandoline.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 6, 2012 at 5:11 am

      Mine are always pretty firm. I don’t find it hard at all to mandoline. Easier than a zucchini even.

  6. ElaHG
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Lisa! You’re here!! I’m back and it’s been crazy, but I’m gradually getting back toward normalcy and I’d noticed you weren’t in my blogger dashboard. Your new look is _stunning_! I’m looking forward to seeing more of you.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 6, 2012 at 5:10 am

      I am here. I have been reading about your return. I’m glad you’ve found me again 🙂

      • ElaHG
        Posted October 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        Thanks, Lisa 🙂 I just passed a deadline for my writing program–many other projects looming but hopefully I’ll have a little space to catch up on you too–seems like great changes have been afoot.

  7. Posted October 5, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I have never tried eggplant bacon, but I need to before the season’s gone!!!!!!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 6, 2012 at 5:10 am

      yes! yes! yes! I love eggplant bacon.

  8. Nicole @
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, thank youuu! Buying eggplant this weekend just so I can make this amazing recipe!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 6, 2012 at 5:10 am

      I hope you love it!

  9. Posted October 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I am so happy that your recipe doesn’t include soy sauce or liquid smoke! I will definitely be trying this ;D

  10. Posted October 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Stupid question: what are chipotles? chili peppers?

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