We first came across the idea of meatless jerky with our watermelon roundup, which included a recipe for watermelon jerky. And suffice it to say, we were hooked on the idea of meat-free alternatives.
Thanks to the creative minds behind the countless recipe blogs on the Web, we found nine meat-free jerky possibilities for you vegetarians out there.
1. Vegan Jerky from Shiitake Mushrooms
Mushrooms are like the meat of vegetarianism. So it’s no wonder they make for a great jerky option. Try this recipe from The Wicked Good Vegan.
2. Eggplant Jerky
Who doesn’t love a good plump eggplant? But have you ever eaten it in jerky form, like this one from Crafty Earth Mama.
3. Veggie-Based, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free “Beef” Jerky
This veggie jerky recipe from Ricki Heller calls for beets, carrots, onions and garlic.
4. Pumpkin Pie Jerky
In honor of the approaching fall season, here’s a recipe for all the pumpkin freaks out there from Blueberries and Blessings.
5. Chewy Chocolate Chili Chia Jerky
If you’re looking for something a little sweeter — with a cayenne pepper kick — Feed Your Skull has got you covered with these chocolate chia jerky slices.
6. Spicy Sriracha Tofu Jerky
If you love sriracha as much as we do, try this jerky from Connoisseurus Veg.
7. Coconut Jerky
Give your jerky a tropical makeover with this coconut version from Fit.Hip.Healthy.
8. Pumpkin Apple Jerky
Another pumpkin recipe made the list — this time coupled with apple, another fall favorite. Get the recipe at My Dog’s Breakfast.
9. Cauliflower Jerky
Get your cauliflower in jerky form with these clever little nuggets from Olives for Dinner.