I just made a fantastic Keto Candied Bacon Recipe with only 3 ingredients!!
I remember making this recipe long before I was keto but it was made with beer! You can see this old Beer Candied Bacon Strips recipe here. We haven’t consumed beer and 3 years and sugar does not make its way into our house. However, I really like candied bacon so I decided to ketofy this recipe.
The hard part is finding a keto sugar worthy enough to make this bacon actually taste like candy. Meaning, this keto sweetener must be able to caramelize. I also don’t want a strong aftertaste, cooling effect or bitter taste either. The struggle with keto sugar is balancing the effects of each different type of sweetener. This is why you see different sweeteners used in the same recipes. It’s to avoid the effects that we don’t care for and to balance the sweetness.
There’s a new keto sweetener on the market and the minute I found it I knew I had to try it with a keto candied bacon recipe! The sweetener I used is called Allulose.
Keto Candied Bacon Recipe Ingredients
1 package of bacon (thick or thin cut)
1 tsp Mapleine Imitation Maple Flavoring (best maple extract in the world!)
- Aluminum foil or parchment paper
- Wire rack
- Large baking sheet
- Silicone basting brush
Keto Candied Bacon Recipe Instructions
Get the printable recipe card at the very bottom of this post along with the full instructions.
I have tried this recipe with a couple of other different sweeteners and although many tastes great, none of them give the caramelized texture that allulose does. I’ve tried Sukrin syrup. I’ve tried ChocZero syrups. I’ve tried plain Fiber Syrup. I really like the Allulose sweetener the best. The others taste good too but don’t give that sticky candy texture that allulose does.
Here is a video we made to show you how to make this low carb candied bacon recipe.
Is Allulose an Artificial Sweetener?
No. Allulose is classified as a “rare sugar,” because it’s naturally found in small amounts in a few foods—including figs, raisins, molasses, and maple syrup. Like glucose and fructose—the two components that make up sucrose, or table sugar,—it’s a “monosaccharide,” or simple sugar. D-Psicose (C6H12O6), also known as D-allulose, or simply allulose, is a low-calorie monosaccharide sugar used by some major commercial food and beverage manufacturers. First identified in wheat more than 70 years ago, allulose is naturally present in small quantities in certain foods.
Is Allulose keto friendly?
Allulose is a carbohydrate, but it does not provide calories or raise blood glucose compared with sucrose and is keto compatible.
Is Allulose a sugar alcohol?
Unlike some sugar alcohols that can cause some uncomfortable stomach issues, allulose just filters out through the kidneys with no ill effects. It technically is a sugar so anything made with it can’t be called sugar free. Many sites are saying low calorie sweetener.
Does Allulose spike your blood sugar?
Allulose is a rare sugar with the same chemical formula as fructose. Because it isn’t metabolized by the body, it does not raise blood sugar or insulin levels and provides minimal calories.
Does Allulose cause stomach upset?
If you consume a large amount, it has been reported to cause severe bloating, pain and gas. I have not experienced this with this recipe.
Is Allulose good for diabetics?
Allulose is suitable for individuals with diabetes.
Does Allulose caramelize?
Allulose does not crystallize when cold and it also browns and thickens much like regular sugar so the caramel you make with allulose mimics the real thing! How exciting is that?
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- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Lay a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper in the bottom of the baking sheet. This will make clean up a cinch because the allulose sweetener does caramelize. It will harden once it's cooled.
- Play the wire rack on top of the baking sheet.
- Lay out the bacon on the top of the wire rack leaving a small space in between each piece.
- In a small bowl, combine the Allulose keto sweetener and the Mapleine Imitation Maple Flavoring. Mix until it's fully combined.
- Use the basting brush to spread the sweetener over the top of each slice of bacon.
- For thick cut bacon slices, bake it for 25 minutes or until you reach the desired texture you like your bacon.
- For thin cut bacon slices, bake it for 15 minutes or until you reach the desired texture you like your bacon.
- Allow the bacon to completely cool before you consume these bacon slices. It's important for two reasons. First, because the bacon will be extremely hot and you don't want to burn your fingers or your tongue. Second, because the sweetener will have time to harden up once it's cooled down. The texture will not thicken until it cools. This is the best tasting keto candied bacon once they are cooled! Very important!