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Watermelon Bacon – A Tasty Vegan Snack

Summertime means lots of watermelon, and a need for healthy snacks like watermelon bacon.

Watermelon Bacon

Watermelon Bacon

Watermelon…bacon?!?!? Yes – That’s dehydrated and spiced watermelon, cooked low and slow until crispy. It’s a purely vegan snack that tastes kind of like a salty/spicy fruit leather, or possibly fruit jerky.

If your summer is anything like ours, your kids are busy over the summer with camp, swimming, sports, coding, beach time, music lessons, and summer school. They’re going to want to grab a snack whenever they’re home, so it might as well be a healthy one. So here you go.


Watermelon Bacon Recipe

Watermelon Bacon

A delicious and easy vegan snack made from strips of dehydrated watermelon.

Course Appetizer, Breakfast or Snack, Snack, Snack or Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, vegan, watermelon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 strips of watermelon cut to 1/4 inch thick
  • juice of one lime
  • sea salt to taste
  • paprika to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut watermelon into long strips that are no more than 1/4 inch thick. Lay
    the strips out on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Drizzle with lime
    juice and sprinkle with a light dusting of sea salt, pepper, and paprika to
    taste. Bake at 175 degrees for 8 hours. Watermelon slice should be thin and
    crispy. Store in an airtight container

  2. Bake at 175 degrees for 8 hours. Watermelon slices should be thin and
    crispy. Remove from oven and store in an airtight container.

This is one of those recipes that involves a little planning ahead, because once you have the inspiration, it’ll be at least 8 hours before you have the finished product. But if you remember to start making it at, say, noon, you might just have some tasty “bacon” on your hands by 8:00. Make sure to store it in an airtight container so it stays dehydrated (We left one batch out in the humid air and it got a little soggy).

But then again, that’s assuming you’ll have some left over, which we often don’t.

P.S. If you like the watermelon bacon, you can also use it to make this Summer Corn Salad.

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5 Responses to Watermelon Bacon – A Tasty Vegan Snack

  1. Gay Fortson June 22, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

    Love following you. Great tips and ideas!!

    • Jeanne June 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks so much, Gay! Appreciate the support! : )

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