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Banana Peel Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich

Are you ready for your mind to be blown? Yes? Then check out this recipe for vegan pulled pork sandwiches using banana peels! Don’t believe it? Well, I didn’t either until I tried it and I can tell you that it’s actually really good!

A banana peel vegan pulled pork sandwich on a plate.

It turns out that Venezuelan and Brazilian vegans have been keeping a big secret from us. They’ve been using plantain and banana peels to veganize their recipes for years and they didn’t bother to tell us about it. 

In Venezuela, they use plantain peels to make a veggie version of carne mechada. This is a kind of shredded beef that sort of resembles pulled pork. (Yes, they eat peels due to scarcity but it was in a vegan group that a Venezuelan person first told me that it’s a good alternative for vegan people).

To veganize carne mechada, they first boil plantain peels then shred them with a fork. Some recipes marinate the peels in soy sauce and spices before frying them up with onion and tomato.

Scraping the banana peel to make vegan pulled pork sandwiches.

In Brazil it gets even better. They have a sort of pulled beef sandwich called carne louca (“crazy meat”) which really resembles a pulled pork sandwich.

The vegans and vegetarians of that country figured out years ago that you can “pull” a banana peel and use it as a veggie replacement in that sandwich, renaming it casca louca (“crazy peels”). (I mean seriously, why didn’t they tell us???).  

To make it, banana peels are scraped clean, “pulled” and then sauteed with onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomato sauce and water. The mix is then stuffed into a baguette-like bun. Check out this video from 2016 to watch him make it. 

So what happens when you simply replace the tomato sauce with barbecue sauce and the bell peppers with coleslaw? You’ve got a banana peel pulled pork sandwich!

[Fun fact: in Brazil they’re doing all sorts of crazy things with banana peels. Check out these banana peel meatballs, these banana peel burgers, and this banana peel steak (excuse me, whaaat?!?!)].

Shredding the banana peel with a fork to make vegan pulled pork sandwiches.

I was super sceptical about the whole eating peels thing at first but brave enough to try it for you. Turns out it works!

Now, you are probably just as sceptical as I was about banana peels so let me put your mind at rest: no, they are not bitter and no it doesn’t taste like banana. The trick is to choose bananas that are yellow yet slightly underripe as the peels are firmer and thicker, and scrape out the white skin part from the inside.

And don’t worry, banana peels are perfectly edible. You can google that.

In developing this recipe I wanted to test out both plantain and banana peels. I prefer the banana peels, they’re softer, easier to work with and cook more quickly.

Of course you should choose organic bananas for this and be sure to wash them really well. If you want you can soak the bananas in a water-vinegar solution to try to get them as clean as possible before starting.

[If you’re worried about pesticide residue, Brazil has already answered that question for you here (let google translate the page for you)].

Shredded banana peels ready to make vegan pulled pork sandwiches.

Once you’ve cleaned the peels, simply shred them with a fork. I first tested this recipe the Brazilian way by simply frying the shredded peels in barbecue sauce but I felt that it needed a little something extra.

So I adapted the Venezuelan technique of adding spices beforehand and I mixed together a quick pulled pork-style spice mix to marinate the peels in it while I prepared my vegan coleslaw.

The smoked paprika gives the peels an extra smokiness (obviously) and the chili powder gives it a nice kick but feel free to adapt the spice mix to your own preference.

Once your coleslaw is done the only thing left to do is cook the shredded banana peels. Simply toss them in a pan and add a few splashes of water to help them steam and tenderize.

Shredded banana peels marinating with spices to make vegan pulled pork sandwiches.

They don’t take too long to cook but the cooking time is variable depending on how ripe your bananas are. The riper they are the faster they cook so you should taste them after a couple of minutes to see where they are.

You do not want to undercook them or else you won’t be able to bite through your sandwich and that’s unpleasant. You don’t want to overcook them either or they will start to turn to mush so be careful. Generally speaking they’ll need about five to ten minutes.

Banana peels in a pan after being cooked.

Once you’re happy with the texture, add a dollop of your favourite vegan barbecue sauce and give it just another minute to incorporate the flavours before taking it off the heat.

Give it one more minute to cool before piling it onto your bun and topping with your vegan coleslaw. That’s it! Who knew that something so delicious could be made from something that we normally throw away?!?!

Banana peel pulled pork sandwich seen from above.

Wanna see how to make this Banana Peel Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich? Watch the video and share it on Facebook (read the comments tho, lol!):

 

Update 05/03/2019: This recipe has been up for a few weeks now and I’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Of the people who’ve tried it, the vast majority have enjoyed it!

Feel free to scroll down to the comments below or to read the comments on our facebook video, the link is above (many readers have shared their own photos of the dish).

I do not delete negative comments so you’ll find some of those as well. Not everyone’s going to like everything and that’s ok.

Banana peel pulled pork has also made it onto the menus of several restaurants in places a far-flung as Hawaii, Malta and New Zealand thanks to this recipe!

I just want to emphasize the importance of following the recipe. There have been a few youtubers trying to ride the coattails of the virality of this recipe by making videos that shit-talk the recipe from the very beginning before even tasting it.

In each case they made mistakes by either using green bananas, not cooking them with water or for long enough, or omiting the bbq sauce.

Anytime something gets popular there’s going to be people who will want to destroy it in order to take a little piece of the attention for themselves, am I right? 

I understand that most people have not cooked banana peels before so this recipe might be a bit tricky the first time to figure out when they are cooked correctly.

It took me several attempts to figure it out and I’ve tried to write the recipe as clearly as possible for you. There’s also a lot of information in the post above so it’s a good idea to read it through as well.

If anything is still unclear, do let me know in the comments below and I will be along to answer them shortly. 

** People with a latex allergy can also have a reaction to bananas. Don’t try to secretly feed this to someone unless you’re sure they’re not allergic!**

A banana peel vegan pulled pork sandwich on a plate.

Banana Peel Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich

Banana peels make an excellent and cheap alternative to jackfruit in this delicious vegan pulled pork sandwich.
3 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 24 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 medium organic bananas YELLOW, firm and not quite ripe (mine still had tinges of green around the stem and bottom) *SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM OF RECIPE
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • A few splashes of water
  • 2 tablespoons vegan barbecue sauce (hey, Julien Solomita, you forgot this. You also didn't follow the cooking instructions below.)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Vegan coleslaw
  • 1 bun

Instructions

  • Wash the bananas well.
  • Slice the top and bottom off the bananas remove the peels. Scrape the white part off the inside of the peels with a spoon.
  • Shred the peels with a fork and cut them into 2 to 3 inch-long pieces. Transfer to a bowl and add the olive oil, paprika, chili powder, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin. (It's important not to add salt yet, I found they got super salty if I added it now). Mix well and set aside to marinate while you prepare your coleslaw.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat and add the shredded banana peels. Add a small splash of water to help them steam and tenderize.
  • The cooking time will depend on how ripe your bananas are (the riper they are the faster they cook) so start tasting after a couple of minutes. It’s important that they are tender enough to bite through but not so overcooked that they turn to mush. They should be done in around 5 - 10 minutes more or less. Add another splash of water and keep cooking if the pan goes dry before they are tender.
  • Add the barbecue sauce and give them another 30 seconds to a minute more to incorporate the flavour. Add a pinch of salt to taste. Remove from the heat and let cool for a minute.
  • Pile the banana peels on your bun and top with your coleslaw. Serve immediately.
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Notes

*NOTE: There has been a some confusion regarding how yellow vs. green the bananas need to be. As you can see in my photos and video, the bananas I use are yellow. However, they are still firm to the touch and SLIGHTLY underripe (tinges of green around the stem) as opposed to browning and soft to the touch. Do not use mostly green bananas. Mostly green bananas are more similar in texture to the plantains that I discuss in the post above. They are better to be simmered in water first to soften. (This recipe never at any point called for green bananas, yikes!).  
Adapted from Venezuelan recipes for vegetarian carne mechada using plantain peels like this one and this one, and Brazilian recipes for casca louca using banana peels like this one and this one.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. Please refer to our nutrition disclaimer for more information.

[Editor’s note: this post has been revised from an earlier version in response to a serious trolling incident that took place on Buzzfeed’s video for this recipe (the troll was identified and the accounts were deactivated). I do not tolerate bullying and I choose to not promote, credit or mention anyone in this blogpost who engages in such malicious behavour.]

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89 Comments

  • Reply
    Meat Eater
    March 13, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    If it’s not pulled pork, don’t call it pulled pork. Call it what it is.

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      Meat Eaters Suck
      March 13, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      Sure when you start calling Bacon what it is, Cured Dead Pig.

      • Reply
        Sonya
        April 5, 2019 at 4:19 am

        So when are we gonna start calling salads chopped dead plant?

    • Reply
      christine
      March 13, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Why are you here exactly? No friends or anything better to do? Go destroy your health and the environment elsewhere. You must live a sad sad life.

      • Reply
        Rachel
        March 24, 2019 at 3:57 pm


        To be honest I was kind of sceptical when I saw your video on facebook. As a vegetarian trying to reduce my waste i was very excited to try this! We eat lots of bananas at our house and always have so many peels! (Sometimes too lazy to try to compost them) *I did not use the recipe just used some BBQ in the fridge! We had some for breakfast after making banana pancakes. Thank you so much for willing to put out a recipe that is different! I am NOT a fan of jackfruit so this is the perfect alternitive for us. (:

      • Reply
        VEGGIEIB
        March 26, 2019 at 7:35 am


        That’s right, you tell em!

    • Reply
      Elizabeth
      March 13, 2019 at 10:47 pm

      The reason vegans still label their recipes this way is that is what people enter when they search. No one would search for pulled banana peel sandwich.

      • Reply
        VEGGIEIB
        March 26, 2019 at 7:44 am

        We may start searching for pulled banana peel sandwich 😂👍😋

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          Me
          April 10, 2019 at 1:21 am

          That’s what I did to find this 😂🤷‍♀️

          • Kit
            May 21, 2019 at 10:44 pm

            Me too!

    • Reply
      Jana Pinheiro
      March 14, 2019 at 1:16 am


      Dear meat eater, a pig in a blanket is not a pig in a blanket, a toad in a hole is not a toad in a hole and a millionaire’s shortbread is just a biscuit, not short, not a bread and definitely, not a millionaire, and the list goes on. We all appreciate the freedom we all have to name our foods as we see fit, won’t you agree?

    • Reply
      EvilVegan
      March 14, 2019 at 6:47 am

      “Meat eater”, try evolving, it’s painless.

    • Reply
      Laz
      March 20, 2019 at 6:33 am

      Ooooh we got an edgy one here…

    • Reply
      Tania
      April 10, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Wow! Very thankful you posted such a unique and successful recipe. But I’m very sorry that so many ignorant people come on here to post absurd comments. Some people get it, others don’t, focus on those who are on the same cruel free path you’re on. I’m pretty sure we’ll be cooking for their kids one day 😉 as their children will be stealing our kid’s lunches because they’re so appealing and delicious.

  • Reply
    Brian M
    March 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Never use teflon

    • Reply
      Purple People Eater
      April 5, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      PFOA hasnt been used in teflon since 2013

  • Reply
    Jolli
    March 13, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Referring to it as “pulled pork” is useful when people are trying to find non meat versions. It’s really no big deal, unless you are an easily offended snowflake.

    I am going to try this recipe out this week, and I’m hoping it’s just as awesome as carrot “hot dogs”! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Reply
      VEGGIEIB
      March 26, 2019 at 7:37 am


      Great! I’m intrigued.

    • Reply
      Rebecca
      April 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      And let’s just point out that “hot dogs” aren’t made from dogs, either. Must be incredibly confusing to people who actually eat dog meat!! 😛

      Will definitely try this recipe!

      • Reply
        Isabelle
        April 30, 2019 at 3:47 am


        How long do the ingredients keep (both cooked and uncooked) I was hoping to try this recipe on a camping trip this weekend, but I want to make everything ahead of time and I’m wondering if that’s possible

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          The Stingy Vegan
          April 30, 2019 at 9:13 am

          This recipe is such a new idea that I don’t yet have a good answer for your questions. People have kept the raw peels frozen and say that it works but that’s not a possibility for you if you’re camping. I’m not sure if a cooler would keep them frozen. Peels do oxidize and will turn brown once their off the banana but since they’re covered in sauce maybe it’s not much of an issue? I think your best option would be to cook them ahead and store them in the fridge in an airtight container then pop them in the cooler to transport. Be really careful not to overcook them since you’ll be reheating them later and they can go mushy if they’re overdone. Hope that helps and let me know if it worked out for you so that I can better answer future questions!

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      Danneauxs
      May 6, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      Exactly. I am not a vegan, judt trying to go plant based as much as possible. The title is important for those looking for alternatives to KNOWN meat dishes. Also, meateater is just stirring up trouble and wants attention. Lets talk sround this person rather than directly to as that will be very aggravating.

  • Reply
    Carolyn | The Organic Gypsy
    March 14, 2019 at 10:23 am


    Ooooh!!! Now this is something I would love to try out! Skeptical? Big yes!! Intrigued? Defos. Can’t wait to try this. It looks amazing. What a great way to use up your banana peels! I am all for it! X

  • Reply
    Robe
    March 17, 2019 at 3:04 pm


    Made this last night and was blown away!!!
    Texture was spot on. Thank you soo much for sharing!

    • Reply
      Me
      March 21, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      “Texture was spot on”….like pulled pork?

  • Reply
    Christine McNeile
    March 18, 2019 at 1:54 am


    I made this recipe! My banana peel/pulled pork sandwich turned out great. I will state that I needed more than 1 banana peel per sandwich. I seasoned my peels while cooking and added homemade bbq sauce at that time too. Will definitely make this again!

  • Reply
    Christine McNeile
    March 18, 2019 at 1:57 am


    I made this recipe! It turned out great. I will say I needed 3 peels for 1 large sandwich. I will definitely make banana peel/pulled “pork” sandwiches again!

    • Reply
      VEGGIEIB
      March 26, 2019 at 7:39 am

      WOWSA! I’m going to try it also. Did you do anything differently from the recipe?

  • Reply
    Linda Sidowski
    March 21, 2019 at 2:50 am

    I am intrigued! I can’t wait to give this a try!!! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Lori Parker
    March 22, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Did you know that the white pith of the banana peel is high in both potassium and lutein, a powerful antioxidant that protects the eye from free radicals and harmful frequencies of UV radiation from the sun. Lutein has been proven to reduce the risks of cataracts and macular degeneration, as cited in “Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition.” So DON’T discard that white pith when you scrape it off the inside of the peel. Mix it into a cold glass of Flax Milk, add it to your homemade banana no churn ice cream. or just pop the spoon into your mouth while you scrape the peels for this delicious pulled pork style sandwich. Here’s an interesting fact I just learned: According to LivingStrong.com, ” . . . eating two banana skins a day for three days increased blood serotonin levels by 16 percent. ” Serotonin is the neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for balancing mood and emotions. That’s good news for folks like me who deal with depression. Last but not least, banana peels are also rich sources of potassium and contain much more soluble and insoluble fiber than their flesh. Dietary fiber promotes digestion and bowel movements and can reduce blood cholesterol levels. Ah, banana peels: they let us slip into healthier and happier lives! -PEACE-

  • Reply
    Turk Trautvetter
    March 25, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Perhaps a bit off topic, but here goes.
    I just recently had to cut down my first banana tree in my Flori-DUH food forest.
    Discovered myriad articles and videos RE: recipes using banana stems. Mostly from India. Although I consider myself a ‘Radical Empiricist’, I’m no way a culinary genius. (YET)
    I first tried my own recipe adaptation on myself, then on a visiting friend, then in collaboration w/ another friend. All successes w/ varying degrees of YFY. (Yum, F______ , Yum)
    To my understanding, the Universe is infinite. (Bountiful). So much of our illusory Zeitgeist is merely a reflection of SLBS. (Self limiting belief systems) All of life is an experiment, that I choose to enjoy.
    Thanks……………

  • Reply
    Nik Aebs
    March 26, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I’m on that reicpe tonight

    Also, I love how vegans are tough and do not take crap from pig eaters!

    • Reply
      Hannah
      June 14, 2019 at 7:05 pm


      Excellent I’m gonna try this!

  • Reply
    VEGGIEIB
    March 26, 2019 at 7:41 am


    Lori Parker – Thanks for that info!

  • Reply
    Me
    March 26, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    First, please forgive the fellow meat eaters that apparently are haters for no other reason than they hate their lives. And second, I am by no means a vegan. However, a friend told me about it and my curiosity’s peaked. I love finding extraordinarily extraordinary recipes and this one meets the criteria. Thank you for sharing.

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    Pescatarian Not Vegan
    March 27, 2019 at 2:49 am

    I can’t veliefd I’m gonna try it but…I’m gonna try it! I guess I’m most so intrigued by it and the fact I don’t have to buy a damn thing to make it. I’ll have to report back about how my meat eating husband feels about it after the fact. He’s usually fine with meat substitutes but this is kinda off-the-wall. I kinda can’t wait!!

  • Reply
    BLM
    March 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Interesting.. Question: sometimes bananas give me upset stomach.. How about the peels??
    Are they different?

  • Reply
    GarlicBreath
    March 27, 2019 at 7:15 pm


    Super impressed with this concept and the recipe! Lots of seasonings ensure you won’t be missing out on flavor. Wondering if you’ve tried freezing this and at what point? Also, tips for keeping the bun from getting too wet right away? I ate mine just a minute after assembling but it got soggy really quick and I am already a fast eater. Thanks for sharing!

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      Melissa
      March 31, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      I haven’t tried freezing it but some people say you can freeze the peels before cooking. I’m not sure they would freeze well after cooking, I feel they might thaw mushy. As for the buns maybe add a couple of lettuce leaves to act as “insulation”?

      • Reply
        Susie
        April 19, 2019 at 8:37 pm

        Maybe toast the bun? Brushed with a little olive oil and browned in the skillet.

  • Reply
    jmari
    March 28, 2019 at 4:41 am


    Made this using my own BBQ Sauce and Cole Slaw. Used two banana peels per sandwich. Really liked it and like that I can make use of the peels. Lots of potential for trying different spice mixtures.

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    Camille
    April 2, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Interesting concept, and the texture was pleasant. The flavor though…the banana lingers and does not pair well with bbq sauce. Glad I tried it, but I won’t be making it again.

  • Reply
    get help please
    April 3, 2019 at 1:59 am

    YALL VEGANS REALLY BE EATING BITTER ASS BANANA PEELS PLEASE STOP

  • Reply
    Raigh
    April 3, 2019 at 6:10 am

    yall need jesus

  • Reply
    Katherine
    April 3, 2019 at 7:20 am

    There is an ongoing HUMANITARIAN CRISIS in Venezuela. They started doing this because there are barely any resources

    We should take this opportunity to HELP VENEZUELA some people eat this because they don’t have a choice. The original recipe is “carne mechada” which is a meat dish. PLEASE DONATE AND SHARE https://www.gofundme.com/CompartePorUnaVida 🇻🇪

  • Reply
    Melissa
    April 3, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Metro.co.uk (click to read full article) : We tried the vegan pulled pork made from banana peel – and it was actually good

  • Reply
    The Stingy Vegan
    April 3, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    The number of one star reviews saying that this recipe is disgusting has increased exponentially since Julien Solomita published his video yesterday. I watched his video (and I think that it’s great – this recipe is KILLING IT on google right now thanks to him!) so when you come here saying the EXACT same thing that he did (like, verbatim), I know you’re a fake-ass troll and you didn’t even try the recipe. Try to be more clever.

    • Reply
      Jane
      April 4, 2019 at 7:38 am

      Can you tell us what Julien Solomita did wrong when he followed your recipe?

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        The Stingy Vegan
        April 4, 2019 at 12:50 pm

        Well, he didn’t actually follow the recipe. The recipe says to cook it with water and add barbecue sauce. He didn’t do either of those things. But he didn’t actually do anything “wrong”; he made a video for his audience knowing what they would like and that’s perfectly fine with me. The purpose of the video was to say it was disgusting, add a click-bait title, and get people to watch him eat a “gross” thing. Also, he knows that this recipe has gone super viral and is being covered in the media all over the world. The smart influencers like him are pushing out content as quickly as possible in order to come up in google whenever someone searches for banana peel pulled pork (and searches are through the roof right now). It’s been great for me and my blog – I couldn’t have asked for better publicity!

  • Reply
    Tyler
    April 4, 2019 at 3:57 am


    Honestly I thought it was really tasty. I like that it uses what would otherwise have been foodwaste from my morning smoothie. Can see myself using this one for future lunches.

    • Reply
      Ben
      July 14, 2019 at 2:03 am

      Thank you for this recipe, and all the others that I have fed my family with from your website.

      Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere on the page. Have you tried this with ripened / slightly over-ripened banana peels? And if so, what has happened.

      All the best x

      • Reply
        The Stingy Vegan
        July 14, 2019 at 12:50 pm

        I have not tried it but I do believe that others have. For example, in this video her bananas are yellow with some brown spots. They seem to come apart a bit as she shreds them but the resulting sandwich seems to be ok in terms of flavor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McdEOcecrG0&t=3s

  • Reply
    Anon
    April 5, 2019 at 12:16 am

    I’ve tried making vegan burgers with banana peels, and found the “Saba” banana variety works better. The banana peel is less bitter. After you boil the bananas first, squeeze out excess water from the peels, and then chop the peels. You can find Saba bananas in most Asian markets, but using saba banana peels is quite common in the Philippines.

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      Melissa
      April 5, 2019 at 12:31 am

      Thanks for the tip and for confirming that eating banana peels is totally normal!

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    Purple People Eater
    April 5, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Make sure you use organic bananas when you make this as regular bananas are soaked in and sprayed with more pesticides than any other fruit or veggie to kill the deadly spiders that live in them. Though I’m still deciding ethically which is worse: the workers harvesting bananas dying slowly from pesticides or quickly by spider bite…

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    Anusha
    April 6, 2019 at 12:05 am


    I tried this recipe, but just couldn’t get the peels to soften. I cooked them for a good 10 minutes with a bit of bbq sauce. also you could taste the peelyness of the peels. any tips?

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      The Stingy Vegan
      April 6, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      Make sure to cook them with water and keep adding more water or reduce the heat if it all evaporates before they’re cooked. They will eventually turn to mush if you cook them too long like this so you need to find that sweet spot where they’re tender through but not mushy. The cooking time depends on the ripeness of the bananas so you can try using firmer or softer bananas next time (depending on what you used this time – it sounds like you need ones a bit riper). You can also try shredding them a bit thinner and make sure that they are all more or less the same thickness so that they cook evenly. Hope that helps and no, I don’t delete the negative comments but my spam filter catches a lot of the fake ones. If you try to make it look like a real question, I’ll answer it.

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    A Magical Life
    April 7, 2019 at 7:19 pm


    My husband made a simple version of this recipe this morning after seeing the video online and looking it up. He liked them but I was not impressed and didn’t finish one bite. They were bland and stringy, very fibrous. I asked him if he followed the recipe and he said he followed the summary on top (add a few splashes of water and cook about 5 minutes) and not the recipe itself because he was trying to read it on his phone. I also asked if he read the comment about adding more water and making sure they were tender and he hadn’t, which might have helped clarify it for better results (he pointed out the comments are cluttered up forever with people arguing about whether you should call it pork and then insulting the meat eater who said that). So this might have been better if he’d followed the recipe instead of just your summary. We may try it again with more water and longer cooking but I don’t know. What he ended up with was really not something I’d purposely make again. We’re a very frugal family but unless there are great health benefits in the peels I’ll just continue to use them in the compost.

    I would really like to know the edibility of peels, too. You say that a google search will show that they’re edible but we’ve actually looked into it in the past and have found conflicting information. If you found good info through google, it would be really helpful to link that for your readers so we don’t have to search through so much to find out too.

    Also folks, be SURE you only use organic peels. Conventional bananas are doused with pesticides and they’re even more toxic than other produce because it’s assumed that people will not eat the peels.

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    Aquarian
    April 7, 2019 at 8:03 pm


    SO HAPPY with this recipe! When i first found it i thought it is SO mind-blowing and SO BIZARRE that i just HAD to try it and we just finished eating our sandwiches and we LOOOOVED THEM!
    The only thing I might try next time is to leave the peels in the pan just slightly longer [I think they were done perfectly according to the recipe, but I personally would maybe prefer them slight more done] and I might try marinating and cooking some chopped onion with the peels, I think that might give them that additional kick 🙂

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      Carli
      April 9, 2019 at 2:11 am


      Yall I am a HUGE Julien fan and a vegan so I tried this ASAP and it was actually GOOD. The barbecue sauce and steaming it with water like the recipe says makes it taste so much better. Julien didn’t do either of those things which is disappointing. I still prefer literally every other pulled pork substitute but this did actually turn out yummy lol. And I was only doing it as a joke and thought it would be awful! Please stop harassing and spamming the page it’s so rude.

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    Vegans R. Sad
    April 9, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Lmaooo vegans hate meat eaters and meat but you ppl sure do love making fake meat recipes. Banana peels belong in compost.

    • Reply
      Diana
      April 10, 2019 at 7:10 am

      What’s sad is you lurk on vegan pages to hate on vegans. Do you really have nothing better to do with your time?

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      Your Friend
      April 12, 2019 at 2:24 am


      Vegans don’t hate meat eaters, they hate animal cruelty & animal agriculture. Ever consider that recipes like this are designed to entice people who are used to eating meat, and to demonstrate that you don’t have to sacrifice your favorites just because you want a meat-free alternative? Recipes like this helped me ease into the transition into being a vegetarian because I was honestly kind of a clueless cook without meat as the focus! My reason for going meat-free was because I’ve seen the truth behind how we get our meat, and it’s truly heartbreaking and made me actually sick to my stomach. But if you want to keep eating meat, that’s your choice! And I don’t see the need to be rude or condescending or make you feel inferior, because you’re just a person & I’m just a person and we’re just out here living our lives. I appreciate that you’re using the peels as compost <3 You've inspired me to start my own compost!

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    Steph
    April 12, 2019 at 7:12 pm


    Skeptical meat eater here!
    I became interested after watching Juliens video. I found it hilarious that something this bizarre existed! After watching a few other (successful) videos, I decided to give it a go.
    Ohhhh boy was I surprised! I was SO shocked at how flavoursome and moorish it was! I added some caramelised onion to it aswell… Delish! I loved it so much that I would make this OVER the original pork! Bloody amazing. Still thinking about it over 24 hours later hahaha

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      Melissa
      April 13, 2019 at 1:00 am

      Best. Comment. Ever.

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    MK
    April 17, 2019 at 5:03 am

    I noticed you mentioned it was originally made with plantain peels, and I know those are really different foods taste-wise so I was wondering if you’d made it before with plantains, and how did it taste compared to bananas? (So excited to try this recipe!)

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      Melissa
      April 22, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Yes, I also tested it with plantain peels. They needed more cooking to get tender so I prefered the banana peels. But with the spices and bbq sauce I didn’t notice a big difference in flavour.

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    Emily
    April 17, 2019 at 5:16 am


    I started this recipe as a joke because of Julien’s video and usually I am bad at recipes but this turned out so well-I was low on seasonings but I had my favorite barbecue sauce and it turned out amazing. SERIOUSLY try this. I thought my peels were not ripe enough so I put in more water and put the lid on then drained the excess after 5 minutes, cooked for a few more and then they were perfect!!

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    Niamh
    April 20, 2019 at 8:33 pm


    I just finished mine off that i had in tacos and it is amazing!!! I watched the dumb Julien video and was put off but went for it and am so i happy i did :’) so cheap and easy – well done!

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    Mariam
    April 23, 2019 at 7:38 am

    I really wanted to like this recipe, as I thought it was such a neat idea. I followed the directions to a T. It took me sooo long to separate the white part from the peels (maybe I was scraping off too much?). I thought the spiced peels tasted better before I cooked them. They immediately got very bitter in the pan–even gave off a pungent odor. I am not usually a picky eater, but I ended up having to throw away most of this concoction. No one else in my family could eat much of it, either. 🙁 Very disappointing!

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      The Stingy Vegan
      April 23, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      Sorry you had trouble with the recipe. Banana peels in themselves are not very bitter. Since you mention that you tasted them before cooking and they got bitter only after they went in the pan, I’m going to guess that the spices got burnt. Burnt spices are not pleasant and will result in bitterness. I don’t imagine you’ll be trying the recipe again but it’s a good tip for others who read this comment to be sure that the heat is not too high when the peels hit the pan, remove the pan from the heat if it begins to smell bad or “pungent”, and to add water so that they simmer rather than fry.

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    Mum
    May 4, 2019 at 11:31 am


    Hi,

    My husband went on a school trip with his students to Spain and heard about banana peel in cooking (“we waste nothing!” they told him) so I was really curious and went looking for a recipe. Found this. Thanks, it was really nice! We topped crusty slices of bread with this, done with fried onions and fresh coriander. Also used a smokey paprika powder. Will definitely make it again!

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      The Stingy Vegan
      May 4, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Great! So glad you enjoyed it! I’m curious about where and who in Spain told him about it. There are some restaurants in other parts of the world serving this recipe but I haven’t heard of anyone in Spain using banana peels.

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    Rox
    May 5, 2019 at 8:52 am


    This recipe was amazing. Had non-vegans coming back for seconds. I served it on a bed of jasmine rice (as I am trying to cut out bread at this stage of my life), with veggies on the side and a large garlic roasted mushroom. Making banana bread with the leftover bananas. Thanks once again.

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      Melissa
      May 5, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Awesome! It’s so great to hear that everyone can enjoy this recipe, whether their vegans or not! I make banana bread from my leftover bananas too.

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    Haddie
    May 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to try this. My family eats tons of bananas – in baked goods, smoothies, fried as a snack, and as a portable meal on the go. I’ve often wondered if the peels were edible. Thanks so much for this.

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    Haddie
    May 13, 2019 at 4:05 pm


    I got the chance to make this over the weekend! I marinated the peels overnight, then cooked them, then served them with some sweet peppers over lentils. It was an easy and delicious meal. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter. Everyone was curious about the recipe. Thanks so much. I will definitely make this again.

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    Carly
    May 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm


    Not good at all.

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      Melissa
      May 16, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Would you care to elaborate? What was it that you didn’t like? Or did you just come here to comment after watching a video on youtube?

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    Jessica
    May 19, 2019 at 12:33 am


    I’ve lurked on this website for a while and never commented, but felt obligated after seeing some of the comments above. If you don’t have anything better to do than troll a food blog, friends, gardening is a nice hobby. Anyway, this evening, I was hungry and procrastinating, so instead of working I thought I’d peek at food blogs. Color me shocked to find out that the banana peels I toss in excess (I love smoothies) are usable. I’m actually embarrassed I hadn’t looked it up. Sadly, I didn’t have barbecue sauce or buns, but I had three overripe bananas I needed to freeze (the peels cooked just fine with your suggestion of a shorter cooking time, just had to use a knife to cut them since they were too delicate to shred with a fork). I added chili garlic sauce + maple syrup to make up for the lack of BBQ sauce, subbed dijon mustard for the mustard powder I don’t have, and added turmeric since I put it in everything. Cooked the peels for five minutes, served on toast. It was…delicious. The texture is sort of like squash. I didn’t get a hint of banana at all. I don’t eat red meat anymore and really miss pulled pork! It’s one of my favorites in the summer. So thank you very much for this recipe! My next mission is to get barbecue sauce so I can make it properly.

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    Lobstermeat
    May 21, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Ok so I have not made this yet! That’s why I have not rated it but I might just give this a try. I must admit that I took some offence to using the term BBQ for this. Only because BBQ is stile of cooking and my family are die hard Qs. I will not let the misuse of a term keep me from trying this recipe. Ill eat anything a few times!!!

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    Jacquelyn Mixon
    May 26, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    So I have been flirting with being vegan lately. My main concern is cost, so I may or may not have been scrolling through this site for the past 3 hours. This looks pretty amazing. So I was surprised to hear all the negative feedback and judgement (I mean banana peels are gross but deep fried bacon is delicious?) . My only concern is texture, it looks like taste will definitely be there with the spices, but does anyone who has had it have some good comparisons?

    Thanks!

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      Tania
      August 4, 2019 at 4:13 am

      Yes, the texture is almost exactly like nopales (cactus). If you’ve never had nopales, then I would compare it to thinly sliced grilled onion.

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    Lee
    May 26, 2019 at 11:49 pm


    Crazy! First I simmered the peels x15 minutes in hot water w/ lemon juice, Then marinated x 10 minutes w/soy sauce and chili powder (smelled like chorizo). Then sauteed w/a tablespoon chopped onion for a few minutes, then added BarBQue sauce, Topped on a ciabatta bun w/ simple coleslaw recipe and fresh cilantro and it was so good. Next I experimented w/ Banana peel “fake-on” bacon and added a few pieces to another sandwich–added alot of depth to the Pulled-whatever-you- want to call it! Thanks for the blog–I plan to keep trying out the recipes here but Melissa You ROCK!

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    Barbara
    June 1, 2019 at 4:01 pm


    I made the mistake of using the wrong size spoons for my spices and put too much in the marinade – a bit too spicy for me. I added water to the marinade as well as during cooking the bananas, it seemed to need more than a “splash”. Turned out quite acceptable and good texture. I will try it again using the correct measurements next time I’ve got a couple of spare skins – as I have bananas in my smoothie everyday – I won’t have to wait long.

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    Laura Williamson
    June 14, 2019 at 10:35 pm


    Wow, who knew? I just made this for lunch, and it’s delicious! Not a hint of banana flavour. No, it doesn’t taste like pork, but neither does a real pulled pork sandwich. And that’s what it tastes like. Lots of meaty, spicy, bbq sauce yumminess! I used two banana peels for one sandwich, simmered uncovered about six minutes before adding bbq sauce and sautéed onion for one more minute. It was perfect. I’ve been looking for recipes to feed my vegetarian daughter when she visits next month, and here it is. I’ll be making it again before that, though.
    Now I need to test this out with teriyaki sauce and add it to stir fried peppers and snow peas over rice. The principal is the same, so it should work.

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    Jackrabbit
    June 25, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Is there a way to have the peel go crunchy? would cooking in a little oil rather than water make them crunchy?

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      The Stingy Vegan
      June 25, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Actually the ends that were a bit thinner started to go a bit crispy so it might work if you scrape the peels down until they’re super thin and fry them. I haven’t tried it out so I can’t say for sure though.

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    passionateaboutfood
    August 4, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I would love to go plant based (It’s hard since I’m a teenager and live at home). I saw that recipe just in hopes to produce less waste since I love smoothies with banana and must say, it’s DELICIOUS! Great substitute for a BBQ craving.

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