A banana peel smoothie recipe uses banana peels as a key ingredient and, yes, you can eat banana peels.
Adding banana skins to a smoothie can provide extra nutrition and fiber without negatively impacting the taste. Americans avoid eating banana peels simply because they taste bad. But they’re not toxic and they’re not poisonous. Eating banana peel is totally safe.
Of course before using banana skins in a smoothie, do you want to wash them well. After all, the banana skins, like any fruit peels, have been exposed to potential pesticides and elements in the grocery store.
You can simply add banana skins to a smoothie but this recipe calls for the skins to be frozen. That simply said that they stay fresh as you freeze the chunks of banana. but when you freeze the banana peels, you’ll notice that they turn brown, which is totally normal when you freeze a whole banana or a chopped banana.
Looking for other ways to use a banana peel? Try: Banana Skin Bacon, which uses fried banana peels as a bacon. It tasted surprisingly similar to bacon!
Banana as a smoothie ingredient goes great with rolled oats and peanut butter along with a bit of honey and cinnamon. Then add just enough banana peel bits for an extra boost for your banana skin smoothie.
This banana peel drink is just one recipe you can use for including banana peels in your diet. You can also use banana peels to make vegan substitute ingredients for pork dishes like pulled pork or bacon. Or use pickled banana peels and a coleslaw recipe.
You can also try other banana peel smoothie recipes by substituting the rolled oats and peanut butter ingredients for more fruit like strawberries or blueberries. However this banana skin smoothie includes a high amount of proteins and heartiness from the oats. It could easily provide a breakfast with what you need to start your day.
Banana Peel Smoothie
- Parchment paper
- 1 Cup Frozen Banana
- 1/4 Cup Frozen banana peels
- 1 1/3 Cup Almond Milk
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 Teaspoons Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Rolled Oats
- 1 Tablespoon Peanut butter
- Peel one banana, and chop the banana and peel into chunks. Freeze overnight on parchment paper. The banana skins will become brown as they freeze, but that's normal.
- In a blender, combine frozen banana and almond milk until smooth. Add the other ingredients: cinnamon, honey, frozen banana peels, peanut butter, and rolled oats. Continue blending until smooth.
- Pour banana peel smoothie in a glass and sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish.
Eating a Banana Peel
Eating a banana peel is not common in the United States but Banana peels are edible. You’ll just want to make sure you wash them well and include other ingredients that make the strong taste more palatable.
How do you prepare banana peels to eat? You can prepare banana peels in several ways including by frying them with ingredients like liquid smoke and soy sauce to create a bacon substitute, or freezing them and including them in a smoothie. You can also prepare banana peels by pickling them, making candied bacon peels, or making bacon peel chips.
Eating a banana peel is not poisonous or toxic. It is safe to eat a banana peel whether they are raw or cooked. But, like with any fruit, the skins can carry toxins from pesticides, fertilizers, dirt or other environmental elements, so be sure to wash them well before cooking with them.
What is boiling a banana peel good for?
Boiling a banana peel is good for making banana peel tea. Banana tea, another banana peel drink, is known for providing a calming affect, so it’s good to drink it before you go to sleep. Banana peel tea can provide magnesium and potassium, which are relaxants.