Creamy [Coconut] Bacon Brussell Sprouts

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It’s officially autumn and what better way to break it in than Brussell Sprouts?! I don’t remembering having Brussell Sprouts before I became a vegetarian (in June 2013). I really did not know what I was missing. I love Brussell Sprouts now. Changing my diet really opened my mind and palette to so many great foods out there. My favorite way to enjoy Brussell Sprouts is roasted. Some people like them boiled or sautéed but I always eat them roasted and fresh, never frozen. Although Brussell Sprouts are amazing on their own, I added a nooch (nutritional yeast) sauce, hence the name Creamy [Coconut] Bacon Brussell Sprouts. If you haven’t tried my coconut bacon recipe, please do! If you’re not interesting in the coconut bacon for any reason, omit it. Just make the Brussell Sprouts nooch sauce. Enjoy!

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Brussel Sprout Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Coconut bacon (topping)

Brussel Sprout Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place trimmed Brussels sprouts in a large bowl then add the olive oil, salt, pepper and toss to coat. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum, and place on center oven rack.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove, shake the pan for even browning. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Note: The Brussels sprouts should be golden brown when done.

While the Brussel sprouts are baking work on the sauce…

Nooch Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp coconut butter (or other non-dairy butter)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup mylk (any non-dairy butter)
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • Pinch of sea salt, to salt

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, but don’t let it brown — about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the hot mylk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a boil.
  4. Add the national yeast, salt and pepper then lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  5. Remove from the heat.

Assembly

  1. Add desired amount of Brussel sprouts to your plate then top with desired amount of sauce.
  2. Sprinkle with a small handful of coconut bacon, if using.

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