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And to think how many banana peels have gone to the compost bin — Well, no more! Banana skins are given a second chance in this zero-waste innovation. Crispy slivers of pulled jerk banana make this a next-level sloppy joe.

You will need

Serves 2

  • 3 bananas
  • 2 slices of your favourite vegan cheese
  • 2 vegan brioche buns (gluten-free if required)
  • BBQ sauce

For the jerk seasoning:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Pinch cinnamon powder
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Salt, to taste

For the slaw:

  • 1/4 red cabbage, shredded or finely sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 pickles, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan sour cream (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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15 mins to prep

10 mins to cook

  1. Step 1

    Wash the bananas thoroughly then peel them. (Of course, use these bananas in one of the zillion ways you know how! We like freezing them for future smoothies.)

  2. Step 2

    With a spoon, scrape out the remaining white flesh from the inside of the peel, leaving you with just the colour of the peel. Then hold down one end of the peel, and use a fork to scrape it from one end to the other, until it starts to shred apart, and look more like, well, a pulled banana skin.

  3. Step 3

    For the seasoning, place all ingredients in a bowl with the oil and mix together. Finally, throw in the banana skins and mix around until all coated. Set aside to marinate for as long as possible.

  4. Step 4

    For the slaw, mix together the lemon juice, mayo & sour cream if using, and salt and pepper until combined, then add the shredded cabbage, onion, and pickles. Mix until it’s all well coated then set aside.

  5. Step 5

    In a pan on the stove on medium heat, add some oil and the banana skin. Add about 60ml water, if needed, to keep the banana from burning. They won’t need long to cook! Take them off the heat just as they start to break down, around 7 minutes, depending on ripeness.

  6. Step 6

    Pile spoonfuls of BBQ sauce, slaw, and pulled banana peels onto your burger buns. Top with a slice of plant-based cheese and the top bun — and sink your teeth into this scrumptious burger!

Hot tip!

Banana skins are regularly eaten in many parts of the world — because people know its value! The peels are packed with nutrients and fibre, just like the inside of this versatile fruit, so it only makes sense to find a way to use it!

Recipe: Simon Toohey

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