Zero Waste Banana Smoothie, with Oats & Chocolate

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 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

Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Keyword: banana, banana peel, chocolate, cocoa, smoothie
Servings: 1 serving


  • (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.

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