Pepita Mock Bacon Bits

Love bacon bits but don't love bacon? These crunchy pepitas offer just the right smokey flavor to add to summer salads.


1 cup pepitas

2 tbsp. coconut aminos

1 tbsp. water

1 tbsp. maple syrup

2 tsp. liquid smoke

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Himalayan salt to taste (but it’s not really necessary)


  1. Mix all ingredients together (except pepitas).

  2. Place pepitas in a mixing bowl and pour liquid over and stir to coat well.

3. Put pepitas on dehydrator sheets and slow cook at 117 degrees to maintain the enzymes for 15-24 hours.

3. If you don't have a dehydrator you can bake at 375 until slightly browned.

4. Be sure to flip the pepitas so the underneath side can dry out as well.