Banana Peel Bacon Recipe

Yes, it exists.. the viral vegan recipe that everyone is talking about. This trending dish offers a crispy, salty-sweet, chewy, crunchy, and slightly greasy alternative to traditional bacon, boasting a delightful blend of smoky flavors. Thinner than normal bacon, this vegan option blends a hint of banana to a bacon-esque taste, adding a surprisingly delicious twist to a classic breakfast dish. 


  • 2 medium-ripe organic bananas (with prominent brown spots)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar


Preparation of Banana Peels:

  • Peel the bananas and tear each peel into approximately four strips.
  • Using a spoon, gently scrape off the white inner part of the peel, leaving only the outer peel intact.


  • In a dish large enough to accommodate the banana peels, combine soy sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, cinnamon, pepper, garlic powder, and brown sugar.
  • Add the banana peels to the marinade, ensuring they are evenly coated and soaked through. Allow them to marinate for a minimum of 10 minutes, or preferably several hours before cooking to make the flavor even stronger.


  • Heat olive or vegetable oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, with tongs, add the marinated banana peels to the skillet.
  • Fry the peels for a couple of minutes on each side until they turn golden and start bubble- the longer they stay on, the crisper they get.
  • Be cautious, as sugars in the marinade may cause slight smoking; ensure proper ventilation by utilizing a hood fan.
  • Once they are fried, remove the banana peels from the pan and drain all of the excess oil. 
  • As they cool, the banana peels will become crispier, resembling traditional bacon in texture.


Enjoy the banana peel bacon, noting its similarity to traditional bacon in taste and texture.

Total Time:

Preparation: 12 minutes

Cooking: 8 minutes

Total: 19 minutes

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