Paleo Candied Bacon

 Oh mama.

These are seriously good. The perfect sweet, salty and spicy combo.

They're like spiced mixed nuts, but bacon. Which is so much better, because bacon.

Totally Paleo too, so totally guilt-free. Ok, maybe not totally guilt-free. But definitely a yummy snack made out of paleo-friendly ingredients. If you're not paleo-ing then use just brown sugar instead of coconut sugar. 

This is what you need:

 The red chili flakes are optional.

I love the spicy kick but if you don't like too much heat, the cinnamon alone will be enough.

Begin by preheating the oven to 350F.

Then place a wire rack on a lined baking sheet.

 Lay the bacon on the rack.

Sprinkle on enough coconut sugar to coat the bacon. I used about 1/4 - 1/3 cup.

Drizzle on as much maple syrup as your heart desires.

Remember to use pure maple syrup if you want to keep it Paleo. 

Smear or brush the syrup and sugar over the bacon to create a glaze.

Finally, sprinkle on some cinnamon and red chili flakes, if you're using them.

Bake for about 20 minutes and then check on the bacon.

I felt like mine needed some more sugar to help create a thicker candy coating.

 I then baked them for an additional 15 minutes until they were a deep brown, but not burnt!

 I have no words.

*Walks backwards while making intense awkward eye contact*

*Starts walking forward again, still maintaining eye contact, asks you to subscribe to my blog while waving a piece of candied bacon in your face*

 

RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 package of bacon
few tablespoons/drizzles of pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut sugar, (or enough to coat bacon)
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of red chili flakes (optional)

Directions:

Place oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350F.

Line a baking sheet and place a wire rack on top.

Spread the bacon out on the wire rack. Do not overlap the pieces.

Top with the maple syrup, sugar and spices. Brush them to create a coating/glaze and pop them in the oven.

Bake for 20-30 minutes and then start checking on them every 5 minutes and adding more sugar or syrup if the bacon looks dry. You want them dark brown and crisp, not too chewy and not too burnt. I cooked mine for a total of 35-40 minutes

Once they come out of the oven let them cool and harden a little and then enjoy!