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Banana Peel Bacon

Banana Peel Bacon

A vegan bacon recipe made from the banana peels. Crispy, chewy, smokey, salty, slightly sweet, & has a subtle hint of banana taste which is actually quite delicious.

Ready in: 20 minutes

Serves: 8

Complexity: very-easy

kcal: 27

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2 very ripe banana peels
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp maple or golden syrup
½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp rice bran oil


The number one most important step is to use bananas that are very ripe. Stay far away from green bananas, as the bacon will taste terrible. The riper the banana, the better the flavour, so pick bananas that are yellow with lots of brown spots.
To prepare the banana peels, remove the peels from the bananas and tear into about 4 strips per banana. Use a spoon to lightly scrape off the white inside part of the banana peel leaving just the peel.
Make the marinade by mixing the soy sauce, maple syrup, SIDS CRAZY SALT, smoked paprika, and garlic powder together in a dish that will fit your banana peels. Add the banana peels and toss to coat. Marinate for a minimum of 10 minutes, but as long as a few hours.
When ready to cook the bacon, heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the peels and fry a couple of minutes per side, until they are golden and bubble up a little. It may get a little smokey as the sugars will burn, so make sure to turn on your hood fan. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel. They should get crispier as they cool.
Although banana peels are eaten in many parts of the world, I couldn't find any nutrition or calorie info for them. So the nutrition listed is for 1 serving of the marinade and oil (⅛ of the recipe).
You will likely have leftover marinade. Feel free to make more banana peel bacon or to save the marinade for a few days in a container in the fridge to use again later.
Soy Sauce: Several reviewers found this too salty, (I like it that way) so if you prefer use a low sodium soy sauce or reduce the soy sauce to taste, and add water if needed.