Don't throw away the banana peels, you can turn them into vegetable "bacon" with this recipe

Who I am
Robert Maurer

Author and references

Find out how to use banana peels in cooking. Here's how to make vegetable bacon using only banana peels.

Le plant-based meats they are everywhere in supermarkets, but what if we told you that you can reproduce vegetable meat at home with an ingredient you surely have in the refrigerator?

Yes, with the banana, or rather with banana peels, you can reproduce bacon in one 100% vegetable version. Yes, because the peels are actually edible and have many of the same nutrients as the fruit; according to one search, in fact, banana peel flour is packed with nutrients like essential amino acids e fibers. Another study, conducted in a test tube, found that less ripe peels are also rich in antioxidants

Obviously, if you plan to eat the peels, you should opt for organic bananas as they are free of pesticides and chemicals. (Read also: Here are bananas with edible peel)

How to make bacon with banana peel

There are hundreds of videos on social media, Tik Tok and Instagram, where people try their hand at preparing the bacon with banana peel. (Read also: Bananas: Better than energy drinks for physical activity and training)

That's how:

  • Use very ripe bananas, remove the excess pulp from the inside of the peel.
  • Make a quick marinade with coconut, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, maple syrup and a little salt, or other spices of your choice.
  • Add the skins and let the mixture rest for about 15 minutes.
  • After that, you can cook the "pancetta" in a pan for 2 or 3 minutes per side, or cook everything for about 10 minutes in the air fryer.

How to use vegetable bacon

You can taste the vegan bacon with banana peels as it is, or you can use it in a variety of ways; for example, to dress a salad, or, you can also chop up vegan bacon and sprinkle it on a bowl of cereal or use it to complement a tray of roasted vegetables. 

On bananas could it be interesting for you:

  • Raspberry-flavored red bananas from the Canary Islands
  • Bananas: green, yellow or brown? At what degree of ripeness is it better to consume them?
  • Growing roses: tips and tricks to feed them with… a banana peel!
  • Bananas contaminated with pesticides. The best and worst brands according to a new test
  • Bananas: 15 unexpected alternative uses
  • More bananas, fewer strokes in menopause
Audio Video Don't throw away the banana peels, you can turn them into vegetable "bacon" with this recipe
add a comment of Don't throw away the banana peels, you can turn them into vegetable "bacon" with this recipe
Comment sent successfully! We will review it in the next few hours.