Bourbon Banana Butter

Bourbon Banana Butter

Bourbon Banana Butter ~ this fruit spread is the stuff of your wildest B&B fantasies ~ silky, rich, and a little bit decadent. Spread it on toast, biscuits, croissants, pancakes… let’s just say mornings are about to get a whole lot more interesting.

Bourbon Banana Butter

This is my favorite kind of stuff to share — something neither of us probably even knew existed, but turns out to be fantabulous. Banana butter is definitely unusual, but, when you think about it for a minute, it makes perfect sense. Every other fruit has been jammed, jellied, or made into a butter…why not bananas?

This amazing banana butter takes just 10 minutes to make!

Luscious Banana Butter with scones

I admit I wasn’t sure what I was in for as I sliced up my 2 pounds of bananas and pureed them with some brown sugar, and then set it all on the stove top to reduce down —  but very soon my nose told me it was going to be good. The banana puree thickens up quickly. I cooked it until there was a clean trail when I ran my spoon across the bottom of the pan, it only takes about 5 minutes. I stirred in lots of vanilla bean paste and a pinch of cinnamon, and then filled a couple of small jam jars.

Banana Butter

The butter continues to thicken even more as it chills in the refrigerator.

Bourbon Banana Butter

Team this up with the obvious — toast, scones, hot biscuits…but after that, why not make a to-die-for peanut butter and bourbon banana sandwich? Or even bake it into the best banana bread you’ve ever tasted, or use it as a filling for crumble bars.

Bourbon Banana Butter
3.16 from 52 votes

Bourbon Banana Butter

Bourbon Banana Butter ~ this fruit spread is the stuff of your wildest B&B fantasies ~ silky, rich, and a little bit decadent.
Course Breakfast, fruit spread, Jam
Cuisine American
Yield 10
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 lbs bananas peeled and sliced (weigh your bananas BEFORE peeling)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • Peel the bananas and break them up as you add them to the bowl of a food processor. Add the sugar and pulse a few times and then puree to a smooth consistency. You don't have to get out ALL the lumps. Your puree will be quite thin.
  • Transfer to a heavy bottomed saucepan and add the bourbon. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until the mixture thickens. Be careful not to let it scorch. Turn down the heat if necessary. This should not take more than 5 minutes or so.
  • Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and cinnamon. Pour into a small jar, or jars, and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • Plan to eat within a couple of weeks.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • No need to wait for your bananas to turn black, I used yellow bananas and the flavor was great.
  • Leave out the bourbon if you don’t like it.
  • Change out the cinnamon for nutmeg, or cardamom for a different flavor.
  • You can experiment with using honey or maple syrup in place of the sugar.


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  • Reply
    May 8, 2022 at 11:27 am

    5 stars
    I substituted spiced rum for the bourbon….and don’t want to stop eating it!! Yummy!

  • Reply
    Adell Daugherty
    February 3, 2021 at 10:06 am

    I plan on making this very soon. Question…have you tried freezing it? Thank you in advance!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 3, 2021 at 10:20 am

      I haven’t, but I don’t see any problem with freezing it.

  • Reply
    May 2, 2020 at 6:42 am

    5 stars
    I made my first banana bread today. I’m mostly anti sugar in all I do, so I cheated on the recipe and ended up putting very little sugar in my banana loaf. The result was that I could barely taste any banana at all… so I thought, alright, all is not lost on my low- sugar banana bread, I just need to add some extra banana-ness. So I thought, does banana butter exist? I found this recipe, followed it to the tee, except I used Sherry instead of bourbon. I spread my delicious banana butter on the relatively tasteless banana loaf, and it saved the day! Thanks!

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