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  • Writer's pictureJolanta Nowobilski

Banana Peel Baked Oatmeal

Updated: Aug 7, 2021


banana peel baked oatmeal topped with soy milk, blueberries, and banana slices
banana peel baked oatmeal topped with soy milk, blueberries, and banana slices

This recipe was inspired by some stats about the incredible amounts of banana waste. In all the numbers I saw, there was no mention of the impact of the peels. Considering how most people I know (myself included) toss their peel, I thought it was time to make some changes where I could with some experimentation.


The concept of using the peel in a variety of dishes is not new. In India, the peel can be used for a chutney or thoran. In Venezuela, it has been used as a shredded meat replacement in times of meat shortages and in the emerging vegan/veg scene. In Southeast Asia, the peels are made into a delicious snack by being dehydrated then steamed. In the growing zero-waste movement, the whole fruit is blended in place of mashed bananas in recipes like pancakes.


Having tried the zero-waste banana pancakes, I was curious to see if replacing mashed banana with blended banana would be equally delicious. I'm happy to report that it is!


I would like to make note that the brown sugar (or sweetener of choice) is essential to this recipe. The peel is a bit flavorless (like adding zucchini to your baked goods) so this baked oatmeal needs the extra oomph to taste delicious. Basically, I would not try making this recipe refined sugar-free.



- 2 ripe bananas (with peel)

- 1/2 cup favorite unsweetened milk (I used soy)

- 2 tablespoons flaxseed

- 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 2 cups rolled oats

- 1/4 cup brown sugar

- pinch of salt, optional

- desired toppings (nuts, chocolate, fruit, etc.), optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Blend bananas with their peels on. Add to a large mixing bowl along with the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Add mixture to a greased 8x8" baking dish. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

  3. Tastes great as is, but it also tastes great if you warm it up in the microwave for a minute, and add some milk and your favorite toppings.

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