Baconless Bits

2/3 cup water
1/3 cup tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 T. olive oil
1 T. maple syrup
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 1/4 cups TVP (textured vegetable protein flakes)

In a small saucepan, place all of the ingredients, except the TVP, and bring to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the TVP, stir well to combine, and set aside for 10 minutes to rehydrate the TVP. Lightly oil (or spray with oil) a non-stick cookie sheet. Place the TVP mixture on the cookie sheet and spread to form an even thin layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes, stir, spread to an even layer, and bake an additional 8-10 minutes or until TVP is lightly browned and dry. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use in place of commercially made "bacon bits" on salads, baked potatoes, vegetables, or in your favorite recipes.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups


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