Sunday, September 21, 2014

Monkey Butter--for the big and little monkies in my family

I admit my attraction to this recipe is because I'm from Hawaii and love bananas, pineapple and coconut. These are the main ingredients in this delicious butter. I do not advise that you can this as bananas don't can well, but you can freeze it. It is a small batch recipe with ingredients readily available. A beforehand note, you can find ground coconut at the bulk section of a Winco store. It you can't find it, flaked coconut works as well.
Here's how it works:
You need 5 medium ripe bananas without brown spots
1- 20 ounce can crushed pineapple-don't drain it
1/2 cup ground coconut
3 cups sugar ( I mixed raw organic sugar with stevia)
3T bottled or fresh lemon juice

Slice all the bananas and put them in a large pot. Add all the other ingredients. Bring to a boil stirring constantly, reduce heat and simmer until the mixture is thick. If the bananas are still chunky, use an immersion blender and smooth the mixture to your satisfaction. You can see in the photo above how it should look. Ladle the hot mixture into hot, sterilized jars.leaving a 1/2" headspace. Attached lids. Bounce the jar on the counter to release any air bubbles. Keep on the counter until cooled. Makes 4 - 5 pint jars, or 10 - 12 half pint jars. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
This is so good on pancakes, toast, ice cream, banana bread. I could go on. It's a super treat for the family.
Whenever possible, find organic canned pineapple and grated or ground coconut and of course, organic bananas. It makes this delicious butter even better. Have you tasted organic products? The taste for some outweighs any extra cost.

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