These are my secret treats. They are such pure indulgence that admitting to eating them feels about like being caught in a dark closet preparing to devour a stick of butter. These clusters came into being when various forces out in the universe all converged at once: First of all, a while back, while perusing the yummy recipes on This Can’t Be Vegan, I came across the “bacon” section. Being vegan, I am commonly asked if there’s any nonvegan food that I miss. And there’s an easy answer – its bacon. I don’t want to eat a pig or anything like that. But, its the smell of bacon and that sweet & salty flavor and the crispy texture (insert drool). The thought of eating bacon again without hurting Babe was earth shattering!
So I bought a bottle of Bac’n Pieces at the grocery store. And they sat in the pantry. And they stayed in
the front the back of my mind. And then I had about 30 minutes of free time one night and I was home alone. Just me and the Bac’n Pieces. I creeped into the kitchen ninja style, and I emerged with a chocolate mustache and my sweet & salty & crispy craving satisfied.
Needless to say, this ain’t no spinach salad. That being said, if you’re choosing between a maple (real) bacon donut and one of these bad boys – its way healthier to go with the clusters!
Chocolate Pumpkin Seed and ‘Bacon’ Clusters
- 1/4 cup McCormick Bac’n Pieces
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 T coconut oil
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 2 T agave
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Spray a baking sheet and spread pumpkin seeds on top, spray tops with baking spray, sprinkle with salt and roast 7-10 min, watching to make sure they don’t burn.
3. While pumpkin seeds cook, make your chocolate sauce by combining coconut oil, cocoa powder, and agave in a saucepan over low heat.
4. Place parchment paper on a tray or baking sheet.
5. Stir chocolate sauce until it is completely combined.
6. In a large mixing bowl, combine bac’n pieces, roasted pumpkin seeds, and chocolate sauce.
7. Spoon about 1.5 T of this mixture at a time onto the parchment paper.
8. Place tray in the frig and let it cool completely, for at least one hour.
9. Clusters will harden so that you can pick up each cluster and all that goodness will stick together. Enjoy!