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The internet can’t get enough of this banana bacon

A vegan “bacon” recipe has gone viral on TikTok and Twitter, and our afternoon host Christa Couture decided to see what all the fuss was about.

Fried banana peels aren’t new, but this new take from Chef Charles Hunter III has got everyone’s attention. If you’re keen to reduce waste in your life, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian who misses a crunchy smoky snack, or if you’re just a curious foodie, this recipe is for you!

To make this at home, you’ll need bananas (the riper the sweeter your “bacon” will be), and a few ingredients for a marinade including soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and barbecue-adjacent seasonings.

Eating banana peels doesn’t just help reduce food waste; the peels are also a great source of fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.

The banana bacon erdict? Keep the peels! The result was like a smoky barbecue chip, surprising, a bit sweet, and with a satisfying crunch.

For the full recipe, visit The Salted Table.

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