Monday, May 23, 2016

Beany Bacon Bits by Cool Foods ~ a Review

Bean-Based Bacon Bits
avo-bacon-toast in the making

Have you seen these new Hickory Style Veggie Bacon Bits from Cool Foods? They are made of dried pinto beans and bacony seasonings!  I love bacon bits, so when they offered to send me some for review, I was quite enthusiastic. Well, I plowed straight through both baggies they sent me, and have already ordered a few more baggies to keep my pantry stocked. So... I guess you could infer that I really liked them! ha ha.


bacon bits on avocado toast

Recipe: one good piece of toast, lots of yummy avocado, squeeze of fresh lime juice, spoonful of bacon bits = happy times are here at last.


I really love the ingredients list on these bacon bits: "Pinto Beans, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Enzymes." So simple! I'm not a super snoot about "pure food" and stuff like that, but I am mindful of the times when I eat more-processed or less-processed foods. I really appreciate that these bacon bits deliver all the joy a bacon bit can deliver, but are also quite straightforward and even virtuous. Also, 4 teaspoons of bacon bits are just 27 calories, which is great.

Plus, they are perfectly crunchy. The package says that the beans are "air-dried," which must be how they get such a great crunchiness out of the beans. The flavor is smoky and delicious, and is more complex than just a bunch of liquid smoke. There is the tiniest bit of bean flavor, but not at all in a bad way. It adds to the overall flavor experience. They are also sugar-free, soy-free, and gluten-free

nom nom nom

Truth be told, I ate most most of these straight out of the bag whenever I wanted a little nibble. But once I discovered how good they were on avocado toast, then I really went nuts and ran out super quickly.


bacony bits on kale salad

These veggie bacon bits are also really great on salads - their smokiness and crunchiness both add a lot! I made a few kale salads with tomato and avocado and then liberally sprinkled on the bacon bits. Such a great combo!! Basically a super easy BLT-inspired salad. I think they'd probably make a pretty good BLT actually. Maybe I'll try that next, if I can stop myself from eating my latest installment all straight out of the bag.

On their website, these 3oz baggies are $3.99 each, which I think is a pretty good deal. I can definitely tell you that I liked these a lot because I was super sad when I ran out of the bags they sent me, and I've already bought 3 more for myself. It's one thing to rave about something that you recieved for review, but it's a whole 'nother thing to go running to Google to replace it when you run out. Ha ha.

Let me know if you try them, and tell me what you think!


i really love drawing animated beans.
they're just so funny

16 comments:

  1. So cool! Isn't it amazing what beans can do?? They can be so many things these days! I like those Beanito chips - this crunchy air dried bean idea kinda reminds me of that.

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    1. yeah! beans are totally amazing! I love beanito chips too, and also beanfields chips - have you tried those ones? beans beans beans!

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  2. OMG, these are my new fave thing!!!! They sent me some to review (only one bag though!), and I'm almost out. Planning a review this week too, but wanted to try some in mac & cheese first. But now I MUST try them on avo-toast because that's genius!! I plan to order more from their site asap.

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    1. yes!! I love them so much!! I'm so glad you love them too!

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  3. Oh, I'm intrigued! I love trying new vegan takes on bacon, and I've never had one that was pinto based. For salads, I usually reach for coconut bacon, but this looks like a fun way to switch things up. They're sold out on their website right now, but I'll keep an eye on it! Thanks for the review, Amey!

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    1. Do it.... they are so delicious. I can't wait to hear what you think!

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  4. Hmmmm. I've been offered these bacon beans about four times and haven't responded, but I see after reading your review it was a mistake. I knew it. Maybe it's not too late. :D

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    1. Hi Andrea - I'm sure it's not too late. Follow up with them and ask. Honestly, I think they are sooo good!

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  5. I will have to keep an eye out for these when I am in the US next year!
    How do they compare to the Wayfare Pig Out bits, which are my favourites?

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    1. Oh! Great minds think alike - I also LOVE Pig Out bits!! In fact I have a bag of those in my cupboard too. Honestly, I think I like these more?? They're really very different though, so I think I have room in my life for both of them!

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    1. I think you would like them!!

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  7. Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing it. :)

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  8. Oooh I like how they are soy free. I wonder if they are gluten free? It's too bad they don't list the ingredients on the website.
    They look tasty!

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