Spicy Maple Chickpeas with Vegan Millionaire’s Bacon

Recipe created for Next! Big Social Cook Off.

This recipe will allow you to indulge your love for bacon morning, noon and night. Need a morning snack? Spicy Maple Chickpeas with Millionaire’s Bacon. Afternoon slump? Spicy Maple Chickpeas with Millionaire’s Bacon. After dinner snack/ salad topper/ baked potato topper/ curry garnish/ steamed veg topper, the list goes on…

I’m a huge fan of the sweet/ spicy taste. I love snacks and I love bacon. I’m the person that looks for bacon on a menu and will choose a dish based on the bacon: other ingredient ratio. Bacon is something I used to miss terribly but no longer! Earlier this year Next Bacon was recommended to me and my vegan bacon-y dreams were reignited. This bacon cooks, smells and sizzles like you’d hope. Since then, it’s fair to say I’ve been cooking bacon a few times a week. Because I can. And I love bacon.

You’re either going to love me or hate me for this recipe because it’s so deliciously snack-able (and versatile), one serve is never going to be enough! I made a batch fresh this morning and the delicious smell of bacon permeated the house. I’ve snacked on them all day because, bacon.

Spicy Maple Chickpeas with Vegan Millionaire’s Bacon

This recipe will allow you to indulge your love for bacon morning, noon and night. Need a morning snack? Spicy Maple Chickpeas with Millionaire's Bacon. Afternoon slump? Spicy Maple Chickpeas with Millionaire's Bacon. After dinner snack/ salad topper/ baked potato topper/ curry garnish/ steamed veg topper, the list goes on…
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine Australian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Wire Rack
  • Baking Tray
  • Large Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

Vegan Millionaire's Bacon

  • 200 g Next Bacon
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ tbsp Chilli Flakes
  • ½ tbsp Cracked Pepper
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar

Spicy Maple Chickpeas

  • 1 can Chickpeas (400g)
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 60 ml Maple Syrup

Instructions
 

Vegan Millionaire's Bacon

  • Pre-heat oven to 175°C (350°F).
  • Place the wire rack over the baking tray.
  • Mix spices, adjust seasoning to taste as desired.
  • Place Next Bacon slices on baking tray and sprinkle with spices.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar over the bacon and pat gently. More sugar will take longer to cook and result in a crispier bacon.
  • Put bacon in oven and bake until the sugar has melted, approximately 25 minutes. Check after 17 minutes as oven temperatures vary greatly.
  • Put aside to cool.

Spicy Maple Chickpeas

  • Pre-heat oven to 200°C (420°F).
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas. If you have time, remove the husk from the chickpeas as they will crisp up more quickly this way. Or don't, it doesn't really matter.
  • Pat chickpeas dry and place in large bowl with the spices and olive oil. Toss to coat chickpeas evenly.
  • Place on baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes, until crisp and crunchy.
  • Pour over maple syrup and allow to cool.

Combine Vegan Millionaire's Bacon and Spicy Maple Chickpeas

  • Break the Millionaire's Bacon into pieces, slightly larger than the chickpeas.
  • Combine bacon and chickpeas, add a sprinkle of salt flakes prior to serving.

Notes

Vegan bacon contains less fat so will crisp quickly in the oven. Be mindful the more sugar placed on top, the longer required for caramelisation. I had variety in my batch and baked some with extra sugar and some with less sugar. My personal preference is for more sugar and the dark (dark, dark!) caramelised portions.
Watch the bacon as oven temperatures do vary significantly and you don’t want to burn the bacon.
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Keyword Bacon, Meat, Quick & Easy, Vegan
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