No Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Enjoy all the tastes of bacon without the bacon by preparing these no bacon Brussels sprouts. All you need are 5 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to create this elegant side dish that will have your guests wondering how it’s vegan.

Shaved and roasted no bacon Brussels sprouts topped with pomegranate arils on a white plate.

Why you’ll love it

First off, I dare you to come up with a reason NOT to make this dish. Here are the reasons why you’re going to fall in love with this side.

  • Simple- This dish requires on 5 ingredients (6 if you include the optional pomegranate aril topping). Plus, it’s ready in less than 30 minutes. It really doesn’t get much easier than that folks.
  • Elegant- The vibrant colors of the green Brussels sprouts and the vibrant pop of red from the pomegranates make this a visually stunning side dish.
  • Flavorful- Who didn’t love bacon? Now, you can enjoy that Smokey bacon flavor, the vegan way. Crispy Brussel
  • Textured- Crispy shredded Brussels sprouts meets crunchy bursting-with-flavor pomegranate arils. Perfection!
Shaved and roasted no bacon Brussels sprouts topped with pomegranate arils on a white plate.

Brussels Sprouts

Ok, I know what you might be thinking: Brussels Sprouts? No Thanks. But let me tell, roasted Brussels sprouts are amazing. And shaved roasted Brussel’s sprouts? It’s like next-level wonderful. Give them a try and I promise you will not be disappointed. Forget everything you remember from your childhood about these cruciferous vegetables. I’m going to share me secret to preparing flavorful and crispy Brussels sprouts.

Preheat your oven to 425*F. Place the shredded Brussel’s sprouts in a single layer on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast them for 10-12 minutes, toss, and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes watching closely to prevent burning. Remove from the oven the toss with the no bacon dressing.

Shaved and roasted no bacon Brussels sprouts topped with pomegranate arils on a fork.

No Bacon Dressing

While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, prepare the no bacon dressing. In a small bowl, whisk the coconut aminos, maple syrup, molasses, and liquid smoke together. Pour over the warm roasted Brussels sprouts and toss to combine. Top with pomegranate arils and serve.

I really hope that you guys give these Brussels sprouts a try. And when you do, be sure to let me know what you think. Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Pomegranate- vitamin C, antioxidants, polyphenols

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Vegan No Bacon Brussel’s Sprouts

Enjoy all the tastes of bacon without the bacon by preparing these no bacon Brussel's sprouts. All you need are 5 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to create this elegant side dish that will have your guests wondering how it's vegan.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: 1 pan, brussels sprouts, easy, gluten-free, molasses, pomegranates, quick, roasted brussels sprouts, simple, vegan, vegan bacon
Servings: 4 people
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 20 oz Brussels sprouts, shaved
  • pomegrante arils for serving

Vegan Bacon Dressing

  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke

Instructions

Roasted Brussel's Sprouts

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place shaved Brussel's sprouts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Stir and continue baking for an additional 10-12 minutes.

No Bacon Dressing

  • In a small bowl, combine dressing ingrdients. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Toss with warm roasted Brussel's sprouts.
  • Serve warm topped with pomegranate arils.
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Vegan Walnut Pesto

Traditionally made with pine nuts, this version of 5-ingredient vegan pesto is prepared with raw, unsalted walnuts. Use this pesto on your pasta or roasted vegetables, as a salad dressing, or a dip for raw vegetables. Simple, flavorful, and quick, this versatile vegan walnut pesto is sure to be your new go-to sauce.

Vegan walnut pesto topped with hemp seeds, walnuts, and basil leaves with vegetables in the background.

All that you need for this pesto are 5 simple ingredients and a small food processor. Toss the raw walnuts, fresh basil, vegan parmesan cheese, olive oil, and salt and pepper into a small food processor blending until combined. I prefer a smooth, thick pesto but feel free to prepare it to fit your preference and desired use.

Pesto Texture

If this pesto is going to be used traditionally for coating pasta or vegetables, make sure that it’s relatively smooth and pourable. You want it to be just thick enough to stick.

On the other hand, if you’re going to be using this pesto as a dip or spread, it would be best served with some chunks of walnuts. You can process the ingredients until smooth and then pulse in extra walnuts. Alternatively, dice some walnuts yourself and toss them in after processing. You will also want the pesto to be fairly thick so that it can scooped up.

To use this vegan walnut pesto as a salad dressing, make sure that it’s very smooth and has a very pourable consistency. You can achieve this by adding more olive oil or water to the pesto while processing.

Be sure to share with me in the comments below how you are going to be using this pesto.

Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Basil: Phytochemicals; volatile oils (antibacterial properties)

Garlic: Phytochemicals

Olive oil: Monounsaturated fats

Walnuts: Omega-3s, thiamine, B6, folic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, Vitamin E, polyphenols

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Walnut Pesto

Earthy, nutty, creamy, this pesto is perfect when paired with roasted vegetable or used as a sauce on your favorite pasta. Be bold and use it as a salad dressing or even a dip for raw vegetables.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dips and Sauces
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: 10-minutes, 5-ingredient, basil, parmesan, pesto, vegan, walnuts
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Small food processor

Ingredients

  • ½ cup walnuts raw, unsalted
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ½-¾ cup olive oil depending on desired consistency
  • 2-3 tbsp vegan parmesan *see notes below*
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a small food processor and pulse until well combined. Start by adding ¼ cup of olive oil and increase amount to reach desired consistency.
  • Serve on roasted vegetables or pasta. Use as a marinade for tofu or tempeh. Add to a fresh salad for a dressing or dip tray with raw vegetables.

Notes

I love this recipe for vegan hemp parmesan cheese from Hannah Chia.
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