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Banana Peel Bacon

What? Banana peel bacon?

Ok, nothing is as delicious as actual bacon, but you can make a tasty and nutritious vegan bacon from the peels of very ripe bananas.

I was recently back in the studio at Good Morning Washington, sharing the many tasty and functional ways we can use bananas and banana peel bacon stole the show.

Bananas are incredibly nutritious, convenient, flavorful, and one of the most versatile fruits on the planet. From peel to pith, bananas contain essential nutrients and have many uses that might surprise you.

Banana Peel Bacon: This simple hack can turn organic banana peels into strips of delicious vegan bacon.

Banana Peel Sleep Tea: My most downloaded recipe!

Banana peels contain high amounts of potassium and magnesium, which help relax muscles and improve sleep.

Banana Blueberry Mug Muffin: 3 ingredients and 3 minutes make a tasty and nutritious breakfast that feels like a treat.

Cinnamon Banana Bites: This easy recipe makes a quick and easy snack that uses the whole banana with cinnamon's antioxidant power.

Banana Strawberry Gelato: Frozen bananas transform into a dairy-free treat that is low in calories and practically healthy!

Other uses for banana peels

Photo by Kristen Coffield

Fertilizer: Compost those peels or grind them up in a food processor and spread them in your garden to enrich your soil naturally.

Silver Polish: Make a thick paste of banana peel and water and spread it on your silver. Let the paste sit for 5 minutes, rinse and buff dry. Your silver will be gleaming.

So, instead of tossing your banana peels, put them to good use. You can store the peels in a closable container in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to turn them into sleep tea or bacon.