Food company Barnana is seeking to reduce food waste by upcycling “ugly” bananas into plant-based snacks.

A study from Karlstad University in Sweden recently found that bananas were the most wasted produce at grocery stores. Many customers are resistant to buying bananas that are browning or ripe, and a large number of bananas are thrown out because they don’t look appealing enough for shoppers.


On Barnana’s website, the company says that it considers bananas to be “mother nature’s original energy bars.”

“We are on a mission to end food waste on organic banana farms by upcycling the bananas that used to go to waste,” says Banana on its website. In 2017, the company said, it saved around 16 million bananas from being wasted.

The company turns its rescued produce into snacks like plantain chips, banana brittle, and banana bites.



Use Browning Bananas at Home

Have you ever thrown out a banana because it was too brown? You can start reducing food waste in your own kitchen by putting very ripe bananas to use with some of these recipes from the Food Monster App.

Frozen Banana Bites

Turn your overripe bananas into a healthy snack with this simple recipe for Frozen Banana Bites!


Sugar-Free, Wholemeal Banana Pancakes

These pancakes with no added sugar get their sweetness from rip bananas. These Sugar-Free, Wholemeal Banana Pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast!

Banana French Toast

This Banana French Toast is the perfect brunch option to use up your ripe bananas.

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