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Monkey Butter


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  • 5 medium-size perfectly ripe bananas (no brown spots)
  • 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple – not drained
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 3 cups of white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp bottled lemon juice


Adapted from


Step 1

The original recipe stated that the author preferred ground coconut over flaked coconut and that she purchased it at Winco in the bulk food section. Well, we are lucky enough to have a Winco close by so I ran by and picked some up. I have never used ground coconut before and have just always used the flaked coconut. So if you haven’t seen ground coconut, here is what it looks like:DSC_0807

It is much finer than the flake coconut.

To start, peel and slice the bananas and then put them into a large pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and put on the stove to bring to a boil, stirring constantly.


After bringing to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook until thickened, still stirring constantly. I was worried that maybe the bananas were going to stay in huge slices but after cooking, they were reduced down into a jam texture. mmm……

When properly thickened, spoon the mixture into sterilized glass jars and let cool. At this point in the recipe, this jam can just be refrigerated and will keep for approx 4-6 weeks. The lemon juice in the recipe will keep the bananas fresh. But once your family tries it, it might not last that long.

Or after putting the jam in the jars, you can seal the jars with sealing lids and rings and process in a water bath for 15 minutes. Just a note that if you process the jam in this method, it will turn out to be a little pink instead of the mellow yellow color like this:

Monkey Butter Recipe - Banana, Coconut and Pineapple Jam! Crazy good on toast, english muffins or even ice cream! │

Of course, I couldn’t wait until this completely cooled before taking a taste and…




This is crazy good! Like monkeys swinging from the rafters good. Like Gorilla pounding on their chest good. Like…okay..I know…that’s enough!

Just a warning that it is on the sweet side, but crazy good. I’m thinkin’ I’m putting this on PB&J’s, english muffins and even over ice cream.

I know that your family will go “Ape” over this Monkey Butter because This Pin Rocks!

***Update Jan 19, 2014 – Whether or not you just cook this jam or use the 15 minute water bath process, this jam should be kept in the refrigerator or freezer***

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