Matamis na Saging na Saba (Bananas in Syrup)

September 12, 2020

One of my comfort food is Turron Nang Saging Na Saba and the boiled version is Minatamis na Saging na Saba. This is really soooo Pinoy! Specially when the day is hot and you want something substantial but refreshing, you want the banana in syrup to be with crushed iced. Every little tiny vendor of iced goodies have their own version of this delight. I offer to you my version.

Minatamis na Saging (Bananas in Syrup)

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By Marianne de Leon Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min Cooking Time: 30 min Total Time: 45 min

Bananas cooked in brown sugar to make a flavorful syrup that you can enjoy on its own or over crushed ice with a splash or evaporated milk


  • 6 pieces of banana Saba variety - this is the one that has a very tough skin, used mainly when it’s cooked. You must chose the saba that is just ripe; not too soft nor too hard. I like to steam the Saba for about 30 minutes; then cool and peel. Slice each Saba banana into 3 parts or leave as whole.
  • 1 cup (200 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¼ teaspoon banana essence



First of all, do the bananas.


When the bananas have cooled and have been peeled and sliced, start with making the syrup.


In a sauce pan that can accommodate all the bananas, pour in the water, corn syrup, and the brown sugar.


Bring this to a boil until the temperature reaches 95ºC. Takes about 10 to 15 minutes.


The syrup looks a bit thick when you put in the wooden spoon and let the syrup drop back from the spoon.


Place all the bananas in the sauce pan and simmer for about 15 minutes.


Then add the fennel seeds, vanilla essence and banana essence.


Remove from the fire and cool.

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