Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Coconut Bacon (makes extra)
1½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1½ tablespoons tamari
Scant 1 tablespoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
Sunflower Vegan Sour Cream (makes extra)
1¼ cups hulled raw sunflower seeds
1 cup water
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon sea salt
Black Bean & Corn filling
1 (14-ounce) can black beans (1½ cups), drained and rinsed
¾ cup frozen corn kernels
¼ cup diced red onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon chili powder, more as desired
½ cup chopped cilantro
½ teaspoon sea salt
Jalapeño pepper, diced (optional)
Make the Coconut Bacon: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the coconut flakes, tamari, maple syrup, and paprika on the baking sheet and toss gently to coat. Spread in a thin layer and bake until dark golden brown and slightly crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. This can be made ahead and stored at room temperature for up to a week.
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scrub the potatoes, poke holes with a fork, and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, or until fork-tender. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 450°F. When cool to the touch, slice each potato in half and scoop out the flesh, leaving a ¼-inch lining of the potato in the shell. Drizzle the potato skins with olive oil, salt, and pepper and place on the baking sheet, cut-side down. Roast for 10 minutes, turn, drizzle with more olive oil and a very generous sprinkle of salt, and roast for an additional 10 minutes, or until crispy. Save the scooped out potato flesh for another use.
Make the Sun Cheese: In a blender, combine the sunflower seeds, water, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt and blend until creamy, about 1 minute. Chill until ready to use.
Make the Black Bean & Corn filling: In a medium bowl, mix together the black beans, corn (it thaws quickly, so I just mix it in frozen), red onion, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, cilantro, and salt.
Scoop the Black Bean & Corn filling into the potato skins and season with more salt and squeezes of lime (the potatoes really benefit from generous amounts of seasoning). Top with the Sun Cheese and Coconut Bacon. Garnish with the chives, jalapeño, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
Recipe by Love and Lemons at https://www.loveandlemons.com/loaded-potato-skins/