Easy crunchy and smoky air-fried banana peel bacon.

Yes that’s what I said, banana peel bacon! We’ve been on a kick to reduce waste in our home for years but now that we live in the city we don’t compost as much as we like so I’ve been seeking ways to use every part of fruits and veggies that we can. I found this information quite beneficial and wanted to share.

Depression Relief

The high levels of tryptophan in bananas, combined with the B6 in banana peels, can help relieve some symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. Tryptophan turns into serotonin as it breaks down, which can improve your mood. Vitamin B6 can help improve sleep, which has a positive impact on mood over time.

Digestive Health

Fiber-rich banana peels can help regulate the digestive system, easing both constipation and diarrhea. This can be a particularly important benefit of banana peels for people with Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

Better Eyesight

Vitamin A can help keep your eyes strong and healthy. This vitamin is abundant in both bananas and banana peels.

2 banana peels (larger)
3 tbl of liquid aminos (if you prefer less sodium use a low sodium soy or liquid aminos)
1 tbl of maple syrup
2 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
Pinch smoked salt if you have it


I rinsed the banana peels thoroughly and remove and stickers. Scrape the inside of each banana peel as photographed. Discard what you’ve scraped.

Repeat until every banana has been scraped clean. In a large mixing bowl add your ingredients and toss the banana peels in that. Allow to marinade at least 30 minutes.

I placed in my air fryer, single layer, at 375 degrees for 8 minutes, start watching closely at 5-6 minute mark. Remove and use on avocado toast, along side your tofu scramble or whatever you love!

Please, let me know what you think! Have a fantastic day. ~ox

— Knead to Cook

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