• Lvxferre
    45 months ago

    You can also make a bread spread with them.

    Here's the recipe!
    • a dozen banana peels, washed and scrubbed, cut into large chunks (frozen peels are OK)
    • ½ litre of water
    • 800g of sugar
    • juice of a whole lime
    • random amount of cloves and cinnamon
    1. Cook the banana peels in the water, stirring occasionally, for five minutes or so.
    2. Blend the mix.
    3. Cook the blend again, alongside the other ingredients, stirring occasionally, for 40 additional minutes. It should thicken quite a bit, to the point that it detaches itself from the bottom of the pot. Let it cool and it’s done.

    You could also cover them in syrup and fry them, but that requires a lot of peels, and unlike the recipe above you can’t freeze the peels, it gets a weird texture.

    • @sqgl@beehaw.org
      105 months ago

      That much sugar makes anything taste good though. May as well blend lawn clippings.

      • Lvxferre
        5 months ago

        It sounds like a lot but it’s roughly the same weight in banana peels and sugar, it’s typical for this sort of jam. For reference: you could sub the peels for the same weight in strawberries, and the recipe still works.

        EDIT: it is by no means something healthy to eat in large quantities. It’s a caloric bomb, just like any jam. But it works great as a bread spread, the banana peels won’t go to waste, and it packs a lot of potassium too. (Most potassium from bananas is in the peel, not in the flesh.)

        I also have a banana cake recipe if anyone is interested. It uses the whole banana but you can tweak it to use just the peels.

        • MonsterHighStan
          35 months ago

          I’m interested in a banana bread recipe that uses the peels too! I’d honestly never heard of cooking with banana peels before

          • Lvxferre
            5 months ago

            Sorry for the late reply.

            • 4 bananas, including the peels
            • 2 cups of sugar
            • 1/2 cup of veg oil
            • 3 eggs
            • 3 cups of breadcrumbs*
            • 1 Tbsp of baking powder
            • [optional] 1 cup of chocolate chips
            • cinnamon and sugar (for sprinkling)
            1. Blend together the bananas, sugar, veg oil and eggs, until you get a homogeneous dough. Transfer to a bowl.
            2. Add breadcrumbs and baking powder to the dough, and mix it by hand for a few minutes.
            3. Transfer the dough to a greased and floured cake pan. If using chocolate chips: add half of the dough to the pan, then the chips, then the other half.
            4. Bake it at 180°C, for roughly 20min**.
            5. Take it off the pan still hot, and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar.

            *the recipe itself doesn’t use flour, only breadcrumbs. Use preferably light-coloured ones.

            **don’t trust the time alone, as it varies a bit (I think that it has to do with the bananas); pierce the cake with a wooden toothpick and check if it comes off clean.