Bacon obsession is one of the longest-standing food trends in America. The mere scent of it is enough to make people jolt out of bed—no matter the hour. It’s so coveted, in fact, that made it’s way from breakfast staple to lip balm. And I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about buying it. (Bacon brings all the boys to the yard, right?)
Whether eating it à la carte, piling it on pancakes, stuffing it in sandwiches, or crumbling it on top of ice cream, it’s safe to say the salty pork slice makes almost everything taste better. So, why not incorporate it into every meal?
This list of bacon-filled recipes helps you get your fix from early-morning breakfasts to midnight snacks. And while moderation is always a good rule of thumb, everyone deserves a splurge day (or three). Plus, saturated fat is actually good for you!
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1. Chocolate Coconut Bacon Doughnuts
After preaching about bacon, you may be slightly disappointed to hear this recipe is actually vegan. But worry not, bacon-lovers. You’ll hardly be able to tell the difference! Topped with bacon-flavored coconut crisps and dairy-free chocolate glaze, this donut is a surprisingly healthy way to start your day (despite the sugar content its name might suggest).
2. Zucchini-Bacon Egg Muffins
Don’t have time to set that bacon to sizzle? These healthy breakfast muffins are the perfect option for time-crunched mornings. Made with protein-packed eggs, zucchini, cheese, and bacon, they’ll keep you full till lunch and cause fellow commuters to stare with eyes full of food FOMO.
3. Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
For those who crave greens with their morning meal, try this breakfast salad. Using asparagus instead of lettuce, this fiber-filled meal will help with everything from curing hangovers to lowering the risk of chronic diseases. See, bacon does the body good! (Well, really it’s the asparagus, but who needs to know the truth?)
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4. Bacon Corn Dip
Guacamole, meet your new competition. This recipe can be whipped up in 10 minutes flat, and is full of healthy ingredients like corn, onions, and bell pepper. If you don’t like picking sides, feel free to substitute avocado for the cream cheese and enjoy the best of both (dip) worlds.
5. Bacon Beet Chips
Beet it, potato chips. It’s time to ditch the bag and experiment with a new chip-worthy veggie. Made with vitamin-rich beets, this snack is a great alternative to overly salty packaged crisps. And with just a dash of bacon salt, you get the joys of bacon flavor without overdosing on fat.
6. BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta, and Avocado
You know what makes salads taste infinitely better? Bacon. Add a handful of Feta cheese, avocado, sweet corn, and tomatoes, and you’ve got yourself the next best thing to a BLT sandwich. And this version is mayo- and grain-free.
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7. Sweet Potato Spinach Bacon Burgers
A list of bacon recipes wouldn’t be complete without a bacon burger. The best part: This recipe is super healthy! Made with lean turkey, spinach, and sweet potato, the burger is jam-packed with nutrients and malleable enough to please any palate. Gluten-free? Check. Dairy-free? Double check. Love cheese AND bread? Go ahead and add ‘em.
8. Bacon Chocolate Shortbread Ice Cream Sandwiches
Picture your dream dessert. Does it include ice cream, chocolate chips, cookies, and bacon? If so, you’ve come to the right place. These mini-cookie sandwiches are filled with strawberry ice cream, squished between chocolate shortbread, and rolled in chocolate chips and bacon. To make it a touch healthier, use sorbet or almond milk-based ice cream.
9. Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka
Why drink plain vodka when you can sip the likes of habanero bacon vodka? Easy to prepare and even easier to drink, this infused booze is great for anything from spicy martinis to Bloody Mary’s. The hardest part is letting the vodka soak up flavors for seven days, untouched. But it’s well worth the wait!