Easy, sweet and aromatic homemade banana jam with overripe bananas, sugar, ground cinnamon and fresh lime. This easy banana jam recipe is great on morning toasts and more!

Banana jam in a jar.

Banana jam in a jar.

Banana Jam Recipe

I recently discovered Banana Jam and I was pleasantly blown away by how good it is!

I have never thought of using overripe bananas to make jam until now as jams are commonly made with berries, such as strawberry jam.

I have made all kinds of banana bread, soft and fluffy banana cake, banana pancakes, fried bananas, banana crumb muffins, etc.

Today I am going to share an easy and delicious banana jam recipe with you. I adapted the recipe from Food52, but with my own spin.

The end result is absolutely delicious and it’s great on morning toasts!

Homemade easy banana jam.

Homemade easy banana jam.

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Recipe Ingredients

This simple recipe calls for the following ingredients:

  • Overripe bananas
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh limes
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Rum, optional

Banana jam recipe with overripe bananas and sugar.

Banana jam recipe with overripe bananas and sugar.

How to Make Banana Jam?

Just like most fruity jams, banana jam is very easy to make and calls for only a few simple steps.

First, mash the overripe bananas with a fork or a masher until they become chunky.

To make the jam, cook the mashed bananas over medium-low heat until the mixture becomes soft and a bit watery.

Add sugar, brown sugar, fresh lime juice, salt and some ground cinnamon. When the banana jam thickens, it’s ready!

How to make banana jam for toasts?

How to make banana jam for toasts?

What Goes Well with Banana Jam?

This sweet and aromatic banana preserves go well with the following:

  • Toasts
  • As a topping on banana bread, banana cake, banana nut muffins, pancakes or waffles
  • As a spread on warm English scones or muffins
  • As a filling for French crepe

The culinary possibilities are endless!

Brown sugar banana jam recipe.

Brown sugar banana jam recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can I Keep Banana Preserve?

This jam preserve keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, without any preservatives.

Just store the jam in an air tight container.

What Kind of Bananas Can I Use?

You can use regular bananas such as Dole bananas. If you are outside of the United States, you can use smaller bananas.

You can use all kinds of bananas for this recipe. If your bananas have seeds, discard the seeds before cooking.

Make sure you use overripe bananas and not green bananas. Overripe bananas yield the best results for this recipe.

How Many Calories Per Serving?

This recipe is 408 calories per cup. You only need a small quantity of the jam as a spread or topping.

What Dishes To Serve with this Recipe?

Serve this jam with scones, muffins, pancakes or toasts. For a healthy and wholesome breakfast, I recommend the following recipes.

Yield: 3 Cups

Banana jam

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs (700 g) peeled overripe bananas
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 dashes ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon rum, optional


  1. Mash the bananas with the back of a fork or using a smasher. The bananas should have tiny chunks.
  2. Transfer the mashed bananas to a pot. Simmer over low heat. Add the sugar, brown sugar, lime juice, water and salt. Stir to combine well.
  3. Continue to simmer—stirring occasionally—for about 10-15 minutes, until the banana jam becomes slightly thickened. Stir in the ground cinnamon and rum, if using.
  4. Remove from heat, let cool completely before transferring the jam to an air-tight container.
  5. You may keep the banana jam in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information


3 cups

Serving Size

Amount Per Serving Calories 408Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 357mgCarbohydrates 106gFiber 2gSugar 98gProtein 1g

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