Skip the jarred stuff and make your own Pineapple Ice Cream Topping from scratch! Also known as Monkey Butter, this easy homemade ice cream topping is loaded with tropical flavors and is a delicious addition to so many yummy desserts!
Pineapple Ice Cream Topping Recipe
One of my favorite things about old fashioned ice cream shoppes is their homemade ice cream toppings.
They always have better flavors and textures than what you can buy at the store, elevating a simple scoop into a truly gourmand experience.
Today’s recipe allows you to bring that indulgent experience home – for a fraction of the cost of taking the kids out for ice cream! Our unique pineapple ice cream topping recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes and is loaded with tropical flavors – pineapple, coconut and banana. It’s decadent and sweet with enough tartness from the pineapple and lemon juice to avoid being too saccharine.
I love taking a fresh, warm spoonful and enjoying on a scoop of vanilla ice cream as soon as I make it, and it can also be used as a delicious dessert topping on so many different things:
- Croissants (Ella’s favorite use)
- Carrot Cake
- Banana Splits (this recipe allows you to skip the banana, coconut and pineapple – just add ice cream, hot fudge and some maraschino cherries)
You could even use it as a filling in cupcakes, donuts or as a unique frosting alternative in between cake layers.
I like our homemade pineapple topping best when it has this thick texture, but you can continue to cook it down until it has an sticky, applesauce-like texture.
You can also play with the flavors a bit – add some cinnamon, chopped cherries, vanilla extract, chopped walnuts. Whatever you think would be delicious in your pineapple ice cream topping – go for it!
How long does monkey butter last in the fridge? This recipe can be stored in the fridge for 4-6 weeks.
Can I can monkey butter for shelf storage? There is no current approved safe method for canning monkey butter, though some people have said that they have safely done so. Use your own judgment adapting regular jam canning methods to storing your monkey butter.
Use this Pineapple Ice Cream Topping on one of our Homemade Ice Cream Recipes:
Monkey Butter Ingredients
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: add cinnamon, vanilla extract, nuts or chopped cherries to make this pineapple ice cream topping more unique.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cast Iron Skillet <– I love the versatility of a good cast-iron pan – you can make everything from eggs to dessert in them and they transition easily from the stove to the oven. This one is pre-seasoned and great for even heating
- Wooden spoon or spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
How to Make Monkey Butter
Place all of your ingredients in a skillet over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, about 3 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for 10-20 minutes until all the canned pineapple juice is absorbed and the sauce has thickened up.
Continue cooking longer to achieve a less-chunky texture.
Store in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 4-6 weeks.
Grab your free printable for our monkey butter pineapple ice cream topping recipe:
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 0g
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.