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Naturally sweetened Banana Jam in glass jars with allspice berries around it.
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5 from 3 votes

Banana Jam Recipe

Toss any overripe bananas you have sitting around into this naturally sweetened, five-ingredient, healthy and incredibly easy banana jam. You'll be looking at PBJ in a whole new way!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Banana Jam
Servings: 20 servings (approx)
Calories: 54kcal


  • Blender
  • Heavy bottomed saucepan


  • 8 Medjool dates (pitted and chopped into small bits. You can use another date variety, but some dates are less sweet so use more if needed)
  • 4 very ripe bananas (peeled, and broken into pieces)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • Blend the chopped dates with ½ cup water into a paste.
    Blended dates in a small Vitamix blender jar
  • Place the dates and the chopped bananas in a heavy-bottom saucepan along with the maple syrup. Mash everything with a potato masher or a spoon. Lumps are fine but if you don't want them just mash more thoroughly.
    Bananas and dates in a saucepan on the stove
  • Turn on the heat and keep it at medium-low. Heat the jam mixture, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil. Continue cooking, keeping a close eye and stirring every few minutes.
    Ingredients for banana jam on the stovetop
  • When the jam darkens and gets quite thick and begins to pull away from the sides and bottom, add the allspice and vanilla. Mix well and turn off the heat.
    Banana jam on the stovetop, almost cooked
  • Cool the preserves thoroughly before eating or storing.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg