Monkey Butter

Have you ever heard of Monkey Butter?  I sure didn’t!  But when I saw it on Pinterest, the name itself definitely piqued my curiosity and I pinned it immediately from the American Preppers Network.  It was then that I saw that this recipe has been pinned more than 39,000 times!  Wow!  Something that has been pinned that many times MUST be good  - right?

Oh wait.

We have a recipe on our blog that has been pinned over 38,000 times!  What is you ask?  Lipton Onion Potatoes! Check it out here.  {{shameful plug!}}

Okay, on to the recipe!  With only five ingredients, this was simple to make and even better to eat.

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

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_0807It 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.DSC_0811After 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!



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  1. Cilla Thomas says:

    Could you replace the sugar with a sweetener – for those of us on a diet?!! Sounds LUSH otherwise!!

    • Hi Cilla! I don’t know if you could completely substitute sweetener for the sugar because it’s the sugar that thickens the jam. I have read though that you can add less sugar but then add some pectin as the thickener. Good Luck! Either way, you will love it! Deb – The Oldest Sister

      • I don’t know about Wincos. Im guessing it is a grocery store somewhere not on the west coast. I do know that sugar doesn’t thicken anything. You are probably just cooking out the moisture in your Monkey butter. I am eager to try this recipe.

        • Hi Jao! I’ve only been to Winco’s in California and in Utah. I don’t know where you are located on the West Coast and you might not have one close, but I hope that you can find the ground coconut! I recently gave a jar of this Monkey Butter to a friend and he just complained about it today. He complained that he didn’t get any of it because his family inhaled it! I think I have to make another batch! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  2. So glad you liked my recipe! Wasn’t the 39,000 pin thing awesome! I was so blown away by that. Who knew??? I had a suggestion to use the monkey butter as a filling for cupcakes, or between the layers of a cake. Might I suggest the same? TOTALLY ROCKS !!!!!

    • Kris, you are my newest favorite person! Thanks so much for this recipe, it really IS to die for! And the filling for a cupcake? I’m all over that! I’d love a little cupcake with my monkey butter! haha Deb – The Oldest Sister

  3. Debbie,
    This looks so good. I am going to have to try it. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  4. This sounds interesting. What do you put the butter on? I followed you guys from the link party at Lady Behind the Curtain. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link:

    • Anonyita, Suggestions would be toast, english muffins, corn bread and even ice cream! Thanks for the invite for your link party! We will definitely stop by! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  5. I’m going ape over this just reading about it. I see another pin going on my board.

  6. Thank you so much for linking this recipe to the Tasty Tuesdays link party! I’ve pinned this recipe to my Tasty Tuesday’s board. :) This week’s party is live on the blog & I would love for you to come link up with us! Here’s the link:

  7. This sounds great! Can’t wait to try it, but I will be making it without the coconut (only fruit I don’t like). I will also use less sugar and add pectin to make it a little more “diet friendly” Thanks for sharing this! :-)

    • Hi Deb! I read down through most of all of the comments on the original site where I got the recipe and many people cut down on the sugar and added pectin. I think that’s a great idea! Some also omitted the coconut but added mango! That’s going to be the next thing I try. Thanks so much for your comment. Deb – The Oldest Sister. P.S. Your name ROCKS!

  8. Hi, my friend Rachel and me, Josta from the Netherlands made monkey butter today! It realy is nice and supersweet, i m sure it will also taste great on a pancake for the kids, So thank you for introducing this to Holland!

    • Hello Rachel and Josta! I am {{squealing with delight}} so glad that you tried this and liked it! It is fast becoming a staple in our household. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comment! Deb – The Oldest Sister

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