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Banana Peel Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich

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


  • 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
  • A pinch of salt
  • Vegan coleslaw
  • 1 bun


  • 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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