Minatamis na Saging (Plantain Bananas in Caramel Syrup) - Pinoy Recipes (2024)

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This Minatamis na Saging basically requires only 3 ingredients, plantain or cooking bananas,brown sugar, and water. The tapioca pearls and milk is but an added bonus to make it more special. Try it for an easy, delicious and healthier dessert or snack choice.

This recipe was originally posted in 2015 and updated in 2019 to include new photos.

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I made a batch of this when my two nephews/godsons, Andrei (9) and Jiro (7), were left to us one afternoon. It was their first time to have Minatamis na Saging. Like most typical kids, their initial reaction was, "no, thank you" when they saw the bananas.

I tried to convince Andrei to simply give it a try, just a small bite. After some emotional blackmailing, he gave in to his Ninang's request. Once he did, his reluctant face turned into one big smile. Well, convincing Jiro was no biggie after that as he would copy whatever his big brother does. In the end, they finished two servings each.

  • What is Minatamis na Saging?
  • Banana Trivia
  • How to cook Minatamis na Saging?
  • What about the taste?
  • What else can you make from Minatamis na Saging?
  • Other healthy Filipino Desserts or Snacks to try:
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  • Plantain Banana in Syrup (Minatamis na Saging)

What is Minatamis na Saging?

A traditional Filipino dessert or snack,'Minatamis na Saging' directly translates to sweetened bananas. Itis really easy to prepare using plantain bananas or locally known as Saba, a variety of plantain banana that can be cooked, ripe or unripe. When ripe, canalso be eaten raw.

Banana Trivia

Did you know that banana is not a tree but the world's largest herb? It is believed that there are about 1000 varieties of banana all over the world. And if you are feeling down, bananas could help make you feelhappier as they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to promote relaxation and improve mood.

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How to cook Minatamis na Saging?

It really is so easy to make. It involves making the caramel syrup by boiling the brown sugar in water. Then add the cut banana pieces and simmer until cooked.

If you are adding tapioca pearls then add it before turning the heat off. I usually also add a little vanilla extract and salt to my caramel syrup. It gives out a nice aroma and just a tiny hint of saltiness.

That is it! Your Minatamis na Saging is ready. You can have it still a bit warm or chilled.

What about the taste?

Saba has a very interesting taste and does not taste like other bananas. It is mildly sweet compared to other varieties that is enhanced by its equally mild tartness. It gets a firmer texture when cooked in syrup and cooled down that is quite surprising for the first-time Saba eaters.

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What else can you make from Minatamis na Saging?

I usually enjoy my Minatamis na Saging simply by adding milk and some crushed ice to it. This is what we call Saba con Yelo. You can also try it by adding vanilla ice cream instead.

Make it vegan by replacing the milk with a non-dairy one. Coconut milk sounds good, actually.

It is also a major ingredient to make Halo-Halo, a popular summer dessert in the Philippines.

You can also use it for a pie filling or chop it and make a Turon out of it. Although, I prefer using raw Saba for that.

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Other healthy Filipino Desserts or Snacks to try:

  • Turon or Mini Turon - another easy and delicious Saba recipe wherein bananas are dipped in sugar and wrapped spring-roll wrappers, then fried until golden.
  • Ginatang Bilo-Bilo - with glutinous rice balls, plantain bananas, sweet potatoes, jack fruit and tapioca pearls that is cooked in sweet coconut milk
  • Kutsinta -steamed sticky rice cakes.
  • Palitaw - flattened glutinous rice balls boiled and the coated with gratedcoconut, sugar, and sometimes roasted sesame seeds.
  • Biko - rice cake with a coconut caramel top
  • Buchi - fried glutinous rice balls covered in sesame seeds with red bean filling
  • Pichi Pichi - steamed cassava covered in grated coconut
  • Maja Blanca - coconut milk pudding or try the Kapampangan version, Tibok-tibok from carabao's milk

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Plantain Banana in Syrup (Minatamis na Saging)

5 from 6 votes

This Minatamis na Saging is so easy to make requiring only 3 basic ingredients, plantain banana, brown sugar, and water. It is a delicious and healthier option for dessert or snack that can be made fancier by just adding crushed ice, milk, and tapioca pearls.

Prep Time: 5 minutes mins

Cook Time: 20 minutes mins

Total Time: 25 minutes mins

Course :Dessert

Servings =6

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  • 6 pieces plantain banana (Saging na Saba) - each one cut into 3 parts diagonally
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 cup cooked tapioca pearls (sago) (optional)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (optional)


  • In a saucepan, heat water until it boils. Add sugar and salt, stirring continuously until completely dissolved.

  • Add vanilla extract. Bring to boil then lower heat to medium. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Add the plantain bananas and cover. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes until bananas are tender and syrup has thickened.

  • Add the tapioca pearls before and remove from heat. Let it cool down to room temperature or chill before serving.

  • Add ice (cubes or crushed) and evaporated milk to each serving.


Calories: 468kcalCarbohydrates: 96gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 259mgPotassium: 341mgFiber: 0gSugar: 63gVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 287mgIron: 1.2mg

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  1. Mary Jane says

    Minatamis na Saging (Plantain Bananas in Caramel Syrup) - Pinoy Recipes (19)
    I'm trying this recipe right now. Haha! One of my favoriteeeeees


  2. Lourdes says

    Thank you for this recipe! This was my favorite dessert when I was a kid - I remember my yaya making it from time to time, but never with tapioca pearls. I will definitely have to make this.


  3. Dorothy Cu says

    Minatamis na Saging (Plantain Bananas in Caramel Syrup) - Pinoy Recipes (20)
    Great recipe.. thanks


  4. Dxzharina says

    Minatamis na Saging (Plantain Bananas in Caramel Syrup) - Pinoy Recipes (21)
    Thanks for this simple recipe. Made it two days in a row cause I flopped my first due to the uncooked sago. 😅😅😅 I was so excited to cook that I was not able to prepare my sago in advance (dipping it in the water for at least half a day!)


    • Bebs says

      My solution for that is to use small tapioca/sago pearls. They cook in 10-15 minutes directly added to boiling water.


  5. Nita says

    Minatamis na Saging (Plantain Bananas in Caramel Syrup) - Pinoy Recipes (22)
    I love different recipes and trying new things please send me new things to try


    • Bebs says

      Sure will do Nita!


  6. Eena says

    Made this and its yummy. But my mom I think is putting coconut milk on it. Thanks for this recipe.


    • Bebs says

      Hi Eena, I like it as it is but coconut milk...why not! Tell us how it goes...


  7. Francisco Ilem jr says

    Minatamis na saging served in restaurants have that beautiful golden yellow color but the ones I make is pale and unappetizing to look at. Any suggestions?


    • Bebs says

      Do you use dark brown sugar? Light brown sugar will not give you a deep color like the dark one does. You should cook the sugar first to make the syrup thicker before adding the Saba bananas.


  8. imogen says

    Minatamis na Saging (Plantain Bananas in Caramel Syrup) - Pinoy Recipes (23)
    Hi. Thank you for the recipe, I'm using it to make my own minatamis.

    Just a note on the vanilla. It might be best to add it once you're finished and taken it off the heat, I heard that vanilla evaporates with heat application.

    Thank you again for the recipe:-)


    • Bebs says

      Thanks for the tip Imogen! 🙂


Minatamis na Saging (Plantain Bananas in Caramel Syrup) - Pinoy Recipes (2024)


What is saging na saba in english? ›

Saba fruit is also known as saba banana, sweet plantain, or saba senegalensis. It grows in bunches at the top of a banana palm. Saba fruit are shorter and thicker than the common banana.

What is the difference between a banana and a plantain? ›

Plantains are larger than bananas, have a thicker skin and a higher starch content. Plantains can be eaten when ripe (yellow or brown skin) or unripe (green skin) and are used in sweet and savory applications. Plantains are frequently cooked like vegetables in Caribbean, Latin American and African cuisines.

How many Saba banana can I eat a day? ›

While there's no blanket rule, sticking to one to two bananas per day shouldn't cause issues for most people. With that said, remember that they are relatively high in carbohydrates, so eating them along with protein or fat is also advisable to support stable energy levels.

Is saging na saba good for high blood? ›

showed that both peeled and unpeeled banana juice can reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the elderly . These findings suggest that saba banana may be effective in lowering blood pressure in individuals with hypertension.

Which is healthier banana or plantain? ›

Bananas and plantains have very similar nutrition profiles. Both are good sources of several vitamins, including potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. They're also good sources of fiber. Bananas do have more sugar, though, and plantains have more starch.

Which is healthier plantain and banana? ›

Plantains vs bananas: nutrition

The starch in plantains is high in nutrients and – as long as you cook them properly – you can eat more plantains than bananas in a serving. They are used in more savoury dishes, while bananas are cooked in recipes that call for even more sugar, making plantains overall a bit healthier.

Are plantains good for diabetics? ›

Making sure blood sugar levels don't go too low or too high is an important goal if you're living with type 2 diabetes. Foods like plantains that digest slowly have a low glycemic index (GI). A GI under 55 is considered low. Plantains have a GI in the 40s, making them a good food choice if you have diabetes.

What is a good substitute for saging na Saba? ›

Plantains are good substitute for Saba banana.

What is saging na Saba in the Philippines? ›

Saba banana is a cooking banana in the Philippines and also called cardava bananas. It can be enjoyed fried, with coconut milk, or even cook it with a main dish.

Is Saba same as plantain? ›

While both Plantains and Saba are considered types of cooking bananas, they are not the same variety. Plantains have a starchy, neutral flavor and versatile applications—from savory dishes when green to sweet preparations as they ripen. In contrast, Saba bananas are sweeter and creamier in texture than plantains.

Is Saba the healthiest banana? ›

Saba banana has several health benefits for humans. It is rich in bioactive compounds such as phenolic compounds and flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and can help reduce the risk of various diseases .

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