This easy 4-ingredient Banana Syrup recipe is made from banana peels.
It’s a great syrup for pancakes with delicious banana flavors that also reduces food waste.
What’s Banana Syrup?
Banana syrup is a simple syrup with a delicious banana flavor.
Like all simple syrup, it’s mainly made of sugar and water, then flavored with ripe bananas.
While classic banana syrup uses banana flavors or banana flesh, this recipe reuses banana peels that you would have otherwise thrown.
Why You’ll Love This Syrup
Banana syrup is naturally:
- Paleo-Friendly if using coconut sugar.
- Only 4 Ingredients
How To Make Banana Syrup From Banana Peels
Banana simple syrup is usually made from ripe bananas but this recipe reuse banana peels instead to make a delicious syrup with the added benefits of banana peels.
- Banana Peels – from ripe bananas for best flavors. It means peels with black dark spots on their skin. The riper the banana, the sweeter the banana syrup recipe will be.
- Pure Cane Sugar – or I also used unrefined cane sugar or coconut sugar for an earthy caramel flavor.
- Vanilla Extract
First, select about 4 banana peels from ripe bananas.
The best day to make banana syrup is when you make my easy banana bread recipe. Since it’s made from 4 ripe bananas, it allows you to recycle the peels in this recipe.
You can also freeze banana peels after a recipe calling for just one banana. Then, thaw banana peels at room temperature the day you plan to make the syrup.
Place the banana peels in a sieve and rinse under cold water to remove any dust or impurities.
Cooking The Banana Peels
Then, place the banana peels in a saucepan with cold water, cover the pan and bring it over medium-high heat or until a light boil shows.
When the water is boiling, stop the heat and keep the banana peels in the water for at least 3 hours or overnight. This ensures a strong banana flavor in your syrup.
Remove the banana peels from the syrup and compost, discard or eat.
Making The Banana Syrup
Measure the amount of liquid left in the pan and add the same amount of sugar to the saucepan.
Bring saucepan to low-medium heat, stir to combine sugar, and bring to a light boil.
Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, don’t stir, and keep on a light boil. Cook, until it reduces in half and the sugar has fully dissolved.
Transfer to sterilized glass mason jars to cool down at room temperature.
When the syrup has cooled down, store it in the pantry for up to 2 weeks or 3 weeks in the fridge.
Why Making Recipes With Banana Peels?
Banana peels have a higher nutrition profile than bananas themselves.
Whiles bananas have a lot of potassium, banana peels contain even more.
Plus, they are high in vitamins B6 and vitamin B12, important vitamins on a vegan diet that most vegans buy as a supplement.
So to avoid requiring B12 supplements, use the banana peel to make banana recipes.
You can use banana peels in smoothies, to make this banana simple syrup, or to make savory recipes like banana peel bacon.
How To Use Banana Syrup
This syrup can be used in any plant-based recipes calling for maple syrup or as a topping to your:
- Pancake recipes
- Slices of bread with extra banana slices
- Fresh fruit or breakfast fruit salad
- Waffle Recipe
- Ice cream
- Crepe Recipe
You can also use the banana syrup as a vegan honey alternative. It has a similar thick texture with a darker brown color.
Simple syrup can be stored well at room temperature in a sterilized glass jar sealed with a lid.
You can also store it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Eat Banana Peels?
Yes, you can eat banana peels raw or cooked. They are full of health benefits and nutrients like vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, and magnesium.
Can I Use Banana Flesh Instead Of Peels?
Yes, you can make a simple banana syrup from ripe bananas.
Use 2 large bananas in the recipe instead of the peels.
Can I Use Sugar-Free Sweeteners?
No, the syrup won’t form using sugar-free natural sweeteners like allulose or erythritol.
More Banana Recipes
Below I listed some more easy banana recipes for you to try:
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- Before you start, rinse the banana peels under cold water to remove any dust.
- Place the banana peels in a large saucepan and cover with 3 cups of cold water.
- Cover and bring to a light-medium boil for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool down, lid on for 3 hours or overnight to let the banana peel infuse the water.
- After that time, remove the banana peels. You can discard, eat or compost them.
- Measure the amount of liquid left in the pan and keep it in the pan. Add the same amount of sugar in cups, so if you have 2 ½ cups of liquid left, add 2 ½ cups of sugar to the saucepan.
- Return the saucepan to medium heat until the syrup boils. Keep on a light boil for 8 minutes until it thickens, and the liquid reduces in half.
- Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and cool down
- Transfer to sterilized glass jars and store them for up to 3 weeks in the fridge or pantry.
- Serve on top of bread slices, pancakes, crepes or waffles, and ice cream to add banana flavors to desserts.