These crispy Baked Bacon Brussels Sprouts are so delicious and flavorful. They are also incredibly easy to make in under 30 minutes. Even better? This healthy recipe is paleo and whole30 compliant.
Looking for a healthy side dish for your holiday feast? This baked crispy bacon Brussels sprouts dish is the perfect addition to any Christmas or Thanksgiving meal.
The salty bacon paired with sweet and bitter Brussels sprouts is such a genius combo. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and just bursting with flavor.
Make this for the holidays this year and convince even the pickiest eater that Brussels sprouts are delicious!
Whole 30 Baked Brussels Sprouts
Whole30 doesn’t have to be boring and bland. This flavorful Brussels sprouts recipe will for sure spice it up.
Is bacon whole30?
Yes, bacon can be paleo, Whole 30, and Keto compliant.
Look for sugar-free and Paleo bacon at the grocery store.
Otherwise, check the ingredient list to make sure there is no added sugar or any preservatives added, and the bacon should be good to go.
Are Brussels Sprouts healthy?
Brussels sprouts are truly some little powerhouses and one of the healthiest vegetables out there.
Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K.
They are also rich in folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids.
You can read more about all the health benefits of Brussels sprouts here.
MAKING MAPLE BACON BRUSSEL SPROUTS
I know a lot of people turn away from Brussels sprouts because of the bitterness in them.
In order to solve that problem, you can add a couple of tbsp of maple syrup to this recipe to combat the bitterness.
Additionally, cooking Brussel sprouts at a higher temperature, like how we are doing it in this recipe, can turn down the bitter taste as well.
For a Whole30 recipe, omit the maple syrup.
ingredients for Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts
All you need to make this healthy holiday side dish are a few ingredients found in your regular grocery store.
- Brussels sprouts – Fresh Brussels are the best (frozen won’t get as crispy). Look for a bright green color. I also like the smaller ones better than the large bulbs. If you get your hands on larger Brussels, just cut them an extra time.
- Avocado oil – I love using avocado oil for its high smoking point
- Maple Syrup – optional, but adds so much flavor. For Whole30, omit maple syrup
- Black pepper
I am usually a simple gal when it comes to vegetables. Because simple seasoning enables the flavor of the vegetable itself to shine through.
Although here the bacon flavor is dominant enough, you won’t really need anything else to make this brussels sprouts recipe tasty.
How to Make baked crispy Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Start with preheating the over to 400F.
Then, remove the stem and any ugly leaves from the Brussels sprouts and cut the Brussels sprouts in half. For larger bulbs, cut them in quarters.
Secondly, cut the bacon into pieces using a knife or a pair of scissors.
Add the Brussel sprouts, bacon, avocado oil, maple syrup (optional), salt, and black pepper to a mixen bowl and toss to mix.
Optional: If you like super crispy bacon you can broil the bacon for a few minutes before mixing with the Brussels sprouts. I don’t think it’s necessary, but it will make the bacon more crispy.
Now, transfer the Brussels and Bacon mix to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread the Brussels and bacon evenly.
Place the Brussel Sprouts with the “face” down, aka the cut side. (I’m not really sure “face” is the right term, but the white inside part must be Brussels’ faces, right?)
This is because, in order to get that crispy and charred edges, we will need to have the bigger surface touch the hot sizzling pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until crispy.
Lastly, I usually transfer the Brussels sprouts to a serving dish, like the one shown in this post, and give it a quick broil in the oven before serving it.
How to Serve Brussel Sprouts
To be honest, I meal prep oven-roasted Brussels sprouts almost every week. I literally think they go with everything!
Some of my favorite dishes to serve them with are
I also like them together with this tahini dressing. It’s delicious as a snack!
baked Brussels sprouts are Perfect for the Holidays
This recipe is perfect for the holidays! It can be doubled or tripled to feed the big crowd. And hey, we all need some veggies this season too.
To make these healthy Brussel sprouts even more ready for the holidays, I love pairing them with butternut squash, apples, and little bits of pecans.
You can find this holiday veggie recipe here. It’s kind of like all the side dishes in one.
Finally, get roasting with this super easy crispy oven-baked bacon Brussels sprout recipe.
This healthy veggie recipe is packed with nutrients and so delicious. It will for sure become your kitchen staple and make the whole family happy!
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- 1 lb Brussels sprouts
- 4-5 strips of bacon
- 2-3 tbsp avocado oil
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Wash and dry brussels sprouts. Cut off the ends, and remove any yellow or dark leaves, and cut the Brussels sprouts in half.
- Cut the bacon into pieces using a knife or a pair of scissors.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine Brussels sprouts with avocado oil, bacon, maple syrup (optional), salt, and pepper. Toss it well to ensure the Brussels are seasoned thoroughly.
- Place the Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with the cut side facing down.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until tender and charred.
- Transfer the Brussel sprouts to a serving dish and broil for additional for 2-3 minutes (optional).
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 558mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 8g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.