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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 vegans have been keeping a big secret from us. They’ve been using plantain peels to veganize their cow dish called carne mechada for years and they didn’t bother to tell us about it! Look here!

Carne mechada is a kind of shredded beef that sort of resembles pulled pork. To veganize it, they 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.

The brilliant Chef Jana also noticed that peels can be shredded into a meat-like substitute but in this video she uses banana peels to make pulled pork sandwiches. I was super sceptical about it but brave enough to try it. Turns out it works!

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 not quite ripe yet 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.

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

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.

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

Shredded banana peels ready to make vegan pulled pork sandwiches.

I mixed together a quick pulled pork-style spice mix and marinated 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.

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 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!):

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.
4.6 from 10 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 firm and not quite ripe (mine still had tinges of green around the stem and bottom)
  • 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
  • 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. 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 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

Adapted from Chef Jana and Venezuelan recipes for vegetarian carne mechada using plantain peels like this one and this one.
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24 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.

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

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

    • 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 😂👍😋

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

    Never use teflon

  • 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
    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
    VEGGIEIB
    March 26, 2019 at 7:41 am


    Lori Parker – Thanks for that info!

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