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Eggplant Bacon
2 medium eggplants, ends trimmed, cut in half and then into thin "bacon-like" strips
4 tablespoons coconut aminos (you can use tamari or low sodium soy sauce)
4 tablespoons coconut vinegar (or apple cider or umeboshi plum vinegar)
4 tablespoons coconut nectar (I actually used maple syrup, as I was out of CN)
a drizzle of cold-pressed extra-virgin organic olive oil (I am thinking next time I'll try coconut oil!)
1 lime, juice only
2 teaspoons chili powder
pinch cayenne powder (optional - but I like it spicy!)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika (I used smoked)
1/4 teaspoon smoked alderwood salt (only use if using coconut aminos - otherwise it could make it too salty)
freshly cracked back pepper (I used approximately 1/2 teaspoon)

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined. Fully coat each eggplant slice and lay into a 9 x 13 baking dish to marinate. Pour any remaining marinade over the top and cover with plastic wrap for at least one hour.

Transfer slices onto mesh dehydrator trays and warm at 135 degrees for the first hour. After one hour, I flipped the slices and brushed on the reserved marinade to re-coat. Return to the dehydrator, set now at 115 degrees to finish, approximately 8 -12 hours, depending on what level of crispiness you prefer.

If you don't have a dehydrator, place slices on parchment lined cookie trays and bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 - 45 minutes, brushing occasionally with reserved marinade.

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Comment by Karen Cacciola on February 5, 2015 at 9:07am

Going to make this...I have been wanting to make this...final have all the ingredients at one time (*_*)

Comment by Samantha on September 30, 2013 at 2:46pm

This sounds delicious, think I will have to give this one a try.

Comment by HippyDaisyChick on September 28, 2013 at 7:33pm

Absolutely...when he likes something...it actually gets him in the kitchen WITH me...before you know it we are creating yummy things together!

Comment by Penni on September 28, 2013 at 6:09pm

I'm so glad you liked it!!! It's always a treat when the hubby likes something we make, isn't it?!

Comment by HippyDaisyChick on September 28, 2013 at 3:54pm

I made this very recipe a couple of weeks ago...loved it...delish...I made mine a little extra spicy...oh my...going to be making this often, it was also husband tested and approved....so good!

Comment by Judith Jacqui James on August 5, 2013 at 5:37pm

This looks so amazingly delicious..... i will have to try it.

Comment by Tracy Smith on August 4, 2013 at 6:36pm

I saw you post it on facebook so I got it there. Thanks!

Comment by Penni on August 4, 2013 at 6:27pm

It has Jessica Alba on the cover - I can send you a link to view it online..... I just have to find the link!

Comment by Tracy Smith on August 4, 2013 at 6:15pm

I'm looking online and I see one that has Drew Barrymore on it. Is that the one?  I may go ahead and order it if so. :)

Comment by Penni on August 4, 2013 at 5:10pm

Kathleen Smith - yes, Extraordinary Health Magazine is produced by Garden of Life and is a quarterly publication that is in most health food stores in the US and Canada, I believe : )  The issue I am in came out in May, so it probably won't be around too much longer.

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