This is the easiest and best Homemade Banana Jam recipe that’s sweet, creamy, and delicious on toast or for dessert. A low food-waste recipe that tastes like banana bread.

Banana Jam in the jar

What is Banana Jam?

Banana jam is a delicious banana-flavored spread that tastes like banana bread in a jar. It’s incredibly easy to make, and a great way to avoid food waste. It stays fresh in the fridge for a while, and is a great alternative to banana bread if you need to use up extra ripe bananas.

Of course, we have nothing against banana bread around here, just check out my recipe for the Best Healthy Banana Bread or Cozy Banana Bread Oatmeal for evidence.

If you’re looking for more recipes that reduce food waste, try this Broccoli Caesar Salad made with broccoli stems.

How to Make Banana Jam

The great part bout this recipe is how easy it is to make. Simply add all of the ingredients to a pan and cook them down until you have a soft, uniform texture. You can use a potato masher to speed up the process of breaking down the banana, or leave it a little chunky if you prefer more texture in your jam. Bananas naturally contain pectin, which helps thicken things up.

Banana Jam in the pan

How Long Does Banana Jam Last?

You can store your jam in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Just keep an eye on the jam, if it starts to smell fermented at all, toss it.

Super Ripe Bananas for Banana Jam

Ingredient Notes

Here’s what you need to make the best vegan jam with bananas:
  • Bananas. It’s important that you use super-ripe fruit. In fact, the riper the better, because they’ll be easier to mash and also naturally much sweeter. Don’t worry if the bananas look unappetizing to eat, you really want a brown and spotty banana that’s soft to the touch for jam. Another good way to tell if it’s ready is to smell the banana. The scent should be pretty strong, even with the peel on.
  • Sugar. Sugar is necessary for this recipe, do not omit it! It helps preserve the jam, which is why many jams and jellies last in the fridge for so long. If you omit the sugar, you can likely only keep your banana jam for a few days before it starts to ferment and smell alcoholic.
  • Lemon juice. This is also a key ingredient in this recipe. It adds enough acidity to boost the flavor of your jam and prevent any nasty organisms from spoiling it.

Banana Jam in the Jar

How to Serve Banana Jam

The fun part of this recipe is finding your favorite way to enjoy your jam! You can use this creamy homemade jam anywhere you’d use regular jam. It pairs really nicely with nut butter, berries, chocolate, and oats. Enjoy it for breakfast with Matcha Vanilla Bean Oatmeal, or for dessert over Korean Sweet Cinnamon Pancakes.
I love to dollop it on top of hot Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes. It’s also tasty on top of Healthy Gingerbread Oatmeal or smeared over Blueberry Breakfast Muffins.
If you make this easy banana jam recipe, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!
Banana Jam in the Jar

Easy Homemade Banana Jam (One Pot Recipe)

Homemade banana jam is a delicous way to use up ripe bananas that's vegan, gluten-free, and one-pot.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


  • 4 bananas super ripe
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Add bananas and both sugars into a pot, mash until it's chunky and simmer over low heat.
  • Add lemon juice and salt, stir for 10 minutes until well combined. The mixture should start to thicken up and become glossy.
  • Lower the heat, stir in vanilla paste and then remove from heat and let mixture cool.
  • Once cool, transfer to an airtight jar and store in the fridge.
Keyword banana, banana jam, condiment, jam, one pot, one pot recipe, sauce
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BY Remy • November 28, 2022

Easy Homemade Banana Jam (Vegan)

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  1. dominique says:
    I made this banana jam because I eat a lot of bananas, and I also top my gluten free bread with banana from time to time. I love to add cinnamon or home made almond butter as well, and I realized sliced banana has a texture which was overwhelming and took the spotlight.. this banana jam was the unexpected answer! The jam is much more subtle, it's sweet but not too sweet, has that pop of lemon juice to bring it all together and since it's simmered it doesn't have as much of a water content (which is perfect because I always have a bunch of beverages on the side already). Thanks for the great recipe I'd highly recommend it especially if you're a big banana eater (and it's cheap too). #KinCookingClub

    5 stars

    • Remy Park says:
      Dominique! So glad to hear you liked it--I have the same problem with bananas being way too ripe ALL the time so this has been my favourite new solution!
  2. Cecilia says:
    I'm not much of a jam person but I do enjoy a good peanut butter sandwich and had some over ripe bananas so I gave this recipe a try. And it was delightful! #KinCookingClub

    5 stars

  3. Jay says:
    I was skeptical of this recipe at first but I decided to try it out and it really did not disappoint. It was a really nice way to change up my almond butter/peanut butter toast by giving it a different oomph with the additional flavors in the jam! I added some hemp seeds on top and it has been a perfect quick breakfast or snack. I also enjoyed putting in my smoothies as well! #KinCookingClub

    5 stars

  4. Bridget C says:
    Delicious! Had some ripe bananas I needed to do something with; this was so easy! I used it on oatmeal; want to mix it in ice cream next!#KinCookingClub

    5 stars

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