When can a banana smoothie be zero waste? When you use the fruit AND its peel!
I admit it, banana peel alone might not be one of my favorite foods. But incorporate it in a smoothie and you won’t regret it.
According to several sources (i.e healthline.com) a banana peel is rich in potassium, dietary fiber, and many other nutrients. Therefore, since the skin is about one-third of the weight, you will not only reduce the amount of waste greatly but also add some interesting nutrients.
Be sure to use a ripe banana peel, which will be slightly thinner. And be sure it’s organic!
Banana peel can be used in several ways, raw or cooked. I made curries, bars and smoothies.
Here a smoothie recipe with banana, cocoa and an almond butter cream.
Add some peanuts, granola or almonds on top to add texture.
Zero Waste Banana & Chocolate Smoothie
- (high-speed) blender
- 1 frozen banana, (wash the banana with the peel, cut it in slices and let it freeze at least for a couple of hours)
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 2 dl (soy) milk
- 1 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tsp almond butter
- chocolate chips, peanuts or granola as a topping
Almond Butter Cream
- Mix 1 tbsp of almond butter and 1 tbsp either of water or soymilk. Whisk well with a small whip or fork until creamy.
- Blend all other ingredients but the topping. Serve in a glass, add the cream on top, and then some toppings. Add a pinch of cocoa or cinnamon.