Monday, January 23, 2012

The New PB&J?

You know how people say things like, "Pink is the new black" ? Black is the classic color, a staple that everyone owns, and the person thinks that pink (or whatever color) is the modern equivalent and an improvement.

Well I think I've found the "new PB&J". Yes, a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich is the classic sandwich that everyone has had, but I think I've found an improvement. Hear me out on this!

 I give you the new PB&J:
The Nutella and Banana Jam sandwich!!!!

This sandwich is DELICIOUS!!!

I got the recipe for banana jam from a website that I was going to put a link to, but my computer says it's unsafe to look at right now. I guess they've been hacked or something! Eek! It's called Neo-Homesteading (enter at your own risk!)

Here's the recipe for an 8oz jar: (I made a few adjustments to the original)
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup brown sugar 
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons butter (see note)
Plus just a little kosher salt- the original recipe called for sea salt, but I didn't have any! So I made it work!

Basically, you just put all of the ingredients in a saucepan (except the salt) on medium heat.

 Whisk the mixture so that the sugar gets dissolved and the banana gets softened and, eventually, mashed.

 Once everything is all combined and mashed, let it continue to cook and carmelize with minimal stirring for about 8-10minutes. The mixture should turn a nice brown color but never burn.

Add a little salt to taste if you want. Remember to taste test with a cold spoon and with extreme caution. This stuff is HOT!

And that's it! Now you have jam! Enjoy on a sandwich with Nutella! Or I guess some other way would be fine.

Just FYI: don't try to can this jam in the traditional way. Apparently the canning process is not good for bananas, so this is more of a "refrigerator jam". You can probably keep it in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Thanks for reading! :)


  1. Maybe that's why it's hard to find banana jam in stores--because of the canning thing. I had to order it offline the one time I had it.

    But I want to try this recipe now!

  2. you are too cool. i wish i could just be your neighbor and hang out with you all the time.


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