Vegan Banana Peel Breakfast Bars

Vegan Banana Peel Breakfast Bars

Welcome back to another Waste Less Kitchen recipe where we tackle how to reduce food waste in the kitchen! This recipe is kind of a part two to my previous recipe, caramelized banana peels.

These banana peel breakfast bars are an easy meal-prep breakfast, plus we reduce our environmental “food” print at the same time — AKA, it’s a win-win meal.

Are you a-peel-ed by this yet? Keep on reading for the recipe (and perhaps a few more bad banana puns).

Really? Banana Peels?

Banana peels are safe to consume, as long as you purchase organic. I go more into why that’s important, along with the nutritional benefits of banana peels in this blog post.

But just to summarize, the research is still out on everything we should know about banana peels. What we do know though is that banana peels are high in potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. They’re also a rich source of protein and polyunsaturated fat.

That’s just totally bananas, isn’t it?!

Vegan Banana Peel Breakfast Bar Recipe

These banana peel breakfast bars are an delicious and easy way to provide the energy and nutrition you need to start you day. Here is just a little snippet of its impressive resume:

  • Fiber (oats, whole banana, and whole wheat flour)
  • Antioxidants (oats and whole banana)
  • Manganese (oats and whole banana)
  • Protein (oats)
  • Low glycemic index starches (oats and banana)
  • Polyunsaturated fats (banana peel)
  • Anti-inflammatory compounds (banana peels and oats)

If you’re here from my previous blog post about caramelizing banana peels and they didn’t quite candy-up like expected, skip the maple syrup on this recipe. Also, feel free to replace the flour with gluten-free flour.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats — if you have whole, rolled oats blitz them in the blender for just a few pulses to grind them roughly
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 2 large organic banana peels, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, or to taste — if you’ve already attempted to make caramelized banana peels, leave this ingredient out
  • 2 tsp cinnamon — I like to add a bit more since I love cinnamon, so feel free to adjust to taste.
  • a dash of salt

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F/ 175 C
  2.  In a large mixing bowl, smash the banana. It works best if you use a fork.
  3. Heat a small pan on medium-high heat and sauté the banana peels with the maple syrup until the banana peels are nicely coated and the syrup is mostly absorbed.
  4. Add in your mixing bowl the maple syrup banana peels, cinnamon, and unsweetened plant-based milk. Mix until everything is incorporated.
  5. Add in your the oats, whole wheat flour, and salt. Mix until everything is incorporated.
  6. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture in.
  7. Cook for about 15 minutes. You can check if it’s done by inserting a toothpick or knife in the bars. If it comes out clean, it’s all done!

Enjoy Your Breakfast Bars!

Having a few for an on-the-go-breakfast with some nut or seed butter is a delicious and quick way to start your day nutritiously. You can even crumble some on top of oatmeal or have some for dessert.

There are definitely many options to enjoy this zero- waste treat!



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