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Minatamis na Saging (Sweetened Bananas)

A super quick, easy- to- make, and yummy dessert. That is minatamis na saging!


Minatamis na saging, or sweetened bananas, is one of the simplest dessert recipes I know. The only cooking involved is boiling the bananas with sweetening ingredients. Anybody can make it!


This particular dessert is known in almost all Filipino households because the saba (plantains) is a staple product in the Philippines. In fact, some Filipinos have banana trees in their backyards! We had a couple of banana trees in our old house in Bulacan but they rarely ever grow fruits. My nanay would then just buy at the market and she would get them at a very cheap price. Did you know that the saba is also the type of banana used for banana cue?


Minatamis na saging is also an ingredient for the cold and equally- delicious saba con yelo and of course, the classic halo-halo. But it’s still delectable when eaten by itself. If you want a quick way to fill your tummy, then try making minatamis na saging!





  • 5 pieces of medium-ripe plantains (saging na saba), sliced diagonally
  • 3/4  cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt


Saging na Saba.



Boil the water in a cooking pot.


Add the brown sugar and stir until it is diluted.


Put in the vanilla and salt next. Remember to stir thoroughly!


Next are the sliced plantains. Put the heat on low and let the plantains simmer for 10 minutes with the lid of the pot on.


Once the 10 minutes is up and the sauce has already thicken, turn off the heat. Wait for the plantains to cool before transferring it into a serving plate.


Serve the minatamis na saging for merienda or dessert.


Enjoy eating!



Tita Kathy’s tip:


If you like extra- sweet minatamis na saging, you can always mix a little condensed milk before serving it for merienda. I put some condensed milk in my serving but not too much or it will be too sweet! Do you like minatamis na saging with or without the condensed milk? Share it on the comment box below!





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