Homemade Monkey Butter

Homemade Monkey Butter

Looking for something unique? Homemade Monkey Butter is a blend of monkeys…..I’m just kidding! No monkeys were harmed when creating this delicious spread. However, it does contain bananas. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to try it before your monkeys do! 

Homemade Monkey Butter

You may be reading this recipe and think this is perhaps the weirdest title you’ve ever seen for a recipe. Monkey Butter is a real thing. This is one of those recipes your kids will talk about for years. The name alone brings laughs and delight to your little ones. Before I get more into this strange Monkey Butter thing, let me share a few posts that MIGHT come in helpful as you read on….

 

 

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I first heard about Monkey Butter from a friend. We were visiting her family when she pulled a jar out of the pantry. I initially thought she had meant peanut butter and misspoke. When she asked me if I’d ever tasted monkey butter, I thought she was losing her marbles.   

It’s not very often you see such a fun, easy and unique recipe floating around. The recipe has similarities to applesauce in appearance and texture. 

Monkey Butter also uses some very simple ingredients such as crushed pineapple, granulated sugar, shredded coconut, lemon juice, and ripe bananas. Even if you don’t have these ingredients at home, you can easily grab them from the nearest market. The ingredients for this recipe are also fairly inexpensive, which is nice on the pocket-book. 

 

 

What Can You Put Monkey Butter On?

It’s easy to say that Monkey Butter is delicious. However, you may not even know what something like Monkey Butter can be used on. Oh, the possibilities!

 

Monkey Butter can be used on ice cream as a topping. Many people find this an incredibly delicious way to use Monkey Butter. You can also use it as a topping on waffles or pancakes. 

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Monkey Butter can also be used as a spread on toast, English muffins, and even biscuits. The last time I made homemade bread, my kids devoured it and the monkey butter. Breakfast consisted of toast and monkey butter every day until the bread was gone and monkey butter jar was empty. 

 

Homemade Monkey Butter

 

How to Store Monkey Butter

If you do not wish to water bath can your monkey butter, you can keep it in jars for 4-6 weeks in the fridge instead. This is nice if you don’t like to throw things away or you don’t want to store it on a shelf for later. 

This is the type of recipe that my kids can’t keep their hands out of. If it’s a tad bit sweet, they’re on it. They can smell sweetness from a mile away. Of course, this is a bit of a healthier treat that’s also sweet, so I can’t complain. 

Isn’t it nice to know that you can keep this in the fridge for at least 4 to 6 weeks? I’ll soon be making a double batch just to ensure I actually get to eat it. When you have teenagers in the house, everything gets eaten before you can get to it. 

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How Do You Keep Bananas From Going Brown?

This recipe calls for bananas that do not have brown spots. Sometimes that’s a lot easier said than done, especially if you live in a humid state like we do. So, how can one keep bananas from going brown. 

The easiest method is to purchase green, under ripe bananas and wait for them to ripen. However, this does require more attention. As soon as they turn yellow before they begin to brown, use them immediately. Brown bananas just don’t keep in this recipe, so make you’re using the bananas without brown spots. 

You can also keep bananas from going brown by keeping them in a cooler spot. A cooler location keeps the bananas from going bad because it slows down the chemical reaction. 

 

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What Pairs Well with Monkey Butter?

Personally, aside from the above mentioned foods like bread and muffins, I like pairing Monkey Butter with Delicious Banana Bread. My kids to spread it on Homemade White Bread. You can also take the evening and make homemade Ice Cream Tacos and top it with Monkey Butter. I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering.

 

Can Kids Help with This Recipe?

Eventually, we need to teach our kids to cook, but at what age? Or what tasks do we allow them to start with? This Monkey Butter recipe is a great starter for helping  get kids in the kitchen. The ingredients are simple and it doesn’t take many steps. However, you’ll want to walk them through the water bath. In no time, your kids will be helping cook in the kitchen even more than they do now. 

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Keeping Monkey Butter on Hand

Now that you know a lot about Monkey Butter, you can start keeping it on hand. This recipe has become so popular for us, it’s like having peanut butter or jelly in our home. Seriously, this recipe pairs with just about anything. Plus, the kids can pull it out of the fridge and have the monkey butter they helped to create any time. 

 

This Recipe Makes 2 ½ – 3 pints

Homemade Monkey Butter

 

Ingredients:

 

 

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Instructions:

 

Fill your water bath canner with water and place it over a burner with the lid on to bring it to a boil. Lower the empty canning jars down into the water to keep them clean and sterilized while you prepare the monkey butter. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

In a small saucepan, place the lids and rings to the jars in water over low heat to keep them hot while you work. 

Add one can of crushed pineapple to a large pot over medium high heat. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

Pour in 3 cups of sugar. I know it seems like a lot, but this recipe NEEDS it. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

Sprinkle in ¼ cup of shredded coconut. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir the mixture to combine the ingredients well. The lemon juice will help the recipe keep in your fridge for a while. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

 

Slice 5 ripe bananas, cutting off any brown spots they might have. Mix the sliced bananas into the pineapple mixture on the stove. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes so that the mixture can thicken. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

While the mix cooks down, mash the bananas using a potato masher until it is a consistency that you would like for your jam. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

Once the monkey butter mixture is ready, remove the hot jars from the water bath canner with a jar lifter. Be sure to pour out the water that was inside of them. 

 

Fill the jars with the monkey butter, leaving ¼ inch of head space at the top of each jar. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

 

Homemade Monkey Butter

Wipe the rim of each jar clean with a damp paper towel and place the lids and rings on the jars. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

Place the jars into the water bath canner and process under water for 15 minutes. 

 

Remove the jars and leave them undisturbed on the counter to seal. When the button in the center of each lid pops down and does not come back up, the lids are sealed correctly and can be stored. You’ll usually hear them “pop”.

Homemade Monkey Butter

Once a jar has been opened, you can store it in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Isn’t that awesome? No waste here! 

 

* If you do not wish to water bath can your monkey butter, you can keep it in jars for 4-6 weeks in the fridge instead. 

Homemade Monkey Butter

I hope you find this recipe as delicious as I have. Monkey Butter is an inexpensive treat, homemade treat that you can use as a topping or eat straight out of the jar. Enjoy! 

 

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Yield: 2.5 pints

Homemade Monkey Butter

Homemade Monkey Butter

Looking for something unique to make? Homemade Monkey Butter is perfect spread on some toast or just to eat by the spoonful. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to try it before your monkeys do! 

Ingredients

  • 1 (20 oz.) Can crushed pineapple undrained
  • 3 c. Granulated sugar
  • ¼ c. Shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 5 Large ripe bananas with no brown spots

Instructions

    1. Fill your water bath canner with water, and place it over a burner with the lid on to bring it to a boil. Lower the empty canning jars down into the water to keep them clean and sterilized while you prepare the monkey butter. In a small saucepan, place the lids and rings to the jars in water over low heat to keep them hot while you work. 
    2. Add one can of crushed pineapple to a large pot over medium high heat. 
    3.  Pour in 3 cups of sugar. I know it seems like a lot, but this recipe NEEDS it. 
    4.  Sprinkle in ¼ cup of shredded coconut. 
    5.  Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir the mixture to combine everything well. The lemon juice will help the recipe keep in your fridge for a while. 
    6.  Slice 5 ripe bananas, cutting off any brown spots they might have. Mix the sliced bananas into the pineapple mixture on the stove. 
    7.  Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes so that the mixture can thicken. While the mix cooks down, mash the bananas using a potato masher until it is a consistency that you would like for your jam. 
    8.  Once the monkey butter mixture is ready, remove the hot jars from the water bath canner with a jar lifter, be sure to pour out the water that was inside of them. 
    9.  Fill the jars with the monkey butter, leaving ¼ inch of headspace at the top of each jar. 
    10.  Wipe the rim of each jar clean with a damp paper towel, and place the lids and rings on the jars. 
    11.  Place the jars into the water bath canner and process under water for 15 minutes. 
    12.  Remove the jars and leave them undisturbed on the counter to seal. When the button in the center of each lid pops down and does not come back up, the lids are sealed correctly and can be stored. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 2gSugar: 61gProtein: 1g

 

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