I think we are all a tad guilty of letting our bananas sit on the counter a bit too long causing them to over rippen.  I know, I am.  The natural solution is banana bread, banana muffins, after school smoothies. I wanted to try and mix it up a bit.

So, when I posted on Facebook a plea for your suggestions on what to do with over ripe bananas, I got some pretty good comments,  However, the best comment came from my friend, Lynne, who suggested a banana spread she had found in Cooking Light Magazine.  I went out to buy the magazine but the only thing on the newsstands was the holiday issue.  Lynne was sweet enough to forward me the recipe.

I don’t even like bananas, I never eat them, and I NEVER eat my own banana bread.  Yet, this spread, I was eating out of the jar, with a spoon!  How good would this be on the chocolate-cherry bread from La Brea Bakery?  I can’t stop thinking about it! I am going to make a ton of this come holiday time and include in my cookie crates!


Banana Spread


3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
zest of one lime
3 medium, over ripe bananas
2 Tbls. unsalted butter, room temperature
pinch of salt


• put brown sugar, sugar, lime zest and lime juice in a small sauce pan.  bring to a boil.
• add the smashed bananas and reduce heat to medium low.
• cook, uncovered for 45 minutes, breaking up the bananas from time to time
• remove from heat and add the butter and a pinch of salt.  stir until butter melts.
• the mixture thickens as it cools.
• place in a ball jar and store in the fridge.

How great would this be at your next brunch, served with homemade biscuits or scones?!

The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com

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  • Amanda

    How crazy is that? I LOVE bananas, so I am sure I would love this!

  • Maria

    I will have to try this jam, I always have brown bananas.

  • marla {family fresh cooking}

    This banana jam is fun! I would love it on a stack of pancakes 🙂 xo

  • Kristen

    Seriously brilliant! I am always needing something to do with bananas!

  • Eliana

    WOW – this would have never come to mind when thinking about what to do with left over bananas but what an amazing idea! I love it.

  • Kim

    Oh I love this! I have 6 bananas over ripened… I thought of banana bred, but now, I want to prepare this spread! Yummi!

  • Brooke@foodwoolf

    Well, you definitely sold me on the spread! I think you should swing by the La Brea Bakery website and submit this recipe!

  • Molly Chester

    Wow! Lime and banana. Sounds so unique and lovely.

  • Molly Chester

    Wow! Banana and lime juice. This sounds so unique and lovely.

  • Jennifurla

    This looks so fab, I bet very tasty

  • naomi

    OMG! I love this banana spread. I would end up eating by the spoonfuls.

  • Joanne

    I refuse to eat bananas just about as soon as they turn yellow (I like them super un-ripe) so there are always bananas around here that are too ripe for me. I’ll have to try this!

  • Brownieville Girl

    I cannot thank you enough for bringing this wonderful recipe to my attention.

  • jocelyn

    you’ve got me sold. i just happen to have VERY ripe bananas waiting to be made into something and buttermilk for scones. i am going to get right on it!!!

  • Anonymous

    thank you susan for bring inspiration and beautiful photographs of food into my household! i love reading the urban baker, daily! xo tammy 😉

  • Patricia Scarpin

    Suz, this is really similar the “doce de banana” we make here in Brazil – my father is crazy for the stuff! My mom used it as a tart filling and then I make it for dad every year on Fathers’ Day.

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