If you ask vegetarians and vegans what they miss most about their meat-eating days then you will probably find a lot of them say bacon. I wouldn’t say I miss it as other than when I craved bacon and egg sandwiches during my pregnancy with Tiger I didn’t ever really eat it in sandwiches. However I did used to like using bacon in cooking, mainly in creamy pasta sauces like carbonara.
I’ve tried the Vbites bacon rashers but really didn’t like them, not a reflection on Vbites as I love some of their other products, I just didn’t like the flavour or texture of their bacon rashers.
So after doing a bit of research I found out about two other vegan bacon alternatives, one by Sgaia and one by Moodley Manor. I bought them both from The Vegan Kind online vegan supermarket. They are a bit more expensive than some brands (£4 a pack) but they are both amazing and you can notice a difference in the quality, they are made with wheat gluten and each rasher is thick and has a great texture. We used to spend about the same amount on bacon in our pre-vegan days anyway so there isn’t much of a difference.
It’s going to be more of an occasional treat though instead of a regular thing. The Moodley Manor vegan bacon has 5 slices in so we made two sandwiches and one creamy pasta sauce with the leftover rasher. The Sgaia only has 4 slices so we had 2 sandwiches with it.
I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite out of the two, they are both pretty similar and equally great products.
I made a wrap with Moodley Manor bacon, it also had Violife cream cheese in and some avocado. It was amazing!
So if you are looking for vegan alternatives to bacon then I would definitely recommend these. I will definitely be buying them again, I was a bit worried about the liquid smoke as I’m not a huge fan of it but it wasn’t overpowering at all.