This shiitake bacon is a little salty and a little smoky with just the faintest hint of sweetness. The flatbread is naturally gluten-free and so light. This guilt-free meal is delicious, savory, and so fun to make with kids!

Buckwheat Flatbread With Shiitake “Bacon” [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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To Make the Shiitake Bacon:

  • 8-ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

To Make the Buckwheat Flatbread: 

  • Oil for greasing the skillet
  • 3 tablespoons buckwheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons plant milk


To Make the Shiitake Bacon:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove the stems of the mushrooms and either discard them or save them for making vegetable stock. They are really woody and not particularly good. Slice the mushrooms into roughly 1/4 inch thick slices. They will shrink significantly so you don’t have to worry about cutting them super thin.
  3. Mix together the oil, molasses, salt, pepper, and paprika in a bowl. Rub the dried oregano between your fingers or in your palm to help it release its oils, then add it to the oil and spice mixture. Mix well.
  4. Add the sliced mushrooms to the bowl with the oil and spice mixture and toss well until the mushrooms look like they are evenly coated.
  5. Spread the mushrooms out on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer then pop it in the preheated oven. Roast the mushrooms at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until they are just crisping up. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before eating. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

To Make the Buckwheat Flatbread: 

  1. Set a skillet over medium heat. Grease it with a light coat of the oil of your choice.
  2. While your skillet it heating up, mix together the flours, flaxmeal, and salt in a small bowl, then mix in the vinegar and the milk.
  3. Pour the mixture into the skillet, using a spatula to gently coax it into a round that is about 6 to 7 inches wide.
  4. Cook until the top starts to dry out (2-3 minutes), then carefully flip it and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Cool before eating. Makes 1 flatbread.


To serve, spread a layer of sunflower seed and basil pesto on the bottom. On top of the pesto, add steamed spinach, roasted Japanese sweet potato, and the shiitake bacon.


Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 742 | Total Carbs: 56g | Total Fat: 11g | Total Protein: 14g | Total Sodium: 142mg | Total Sugar: 3g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.