Minatamis na Saging

Minatamis na Saging is a simple dessert made of plantain bananas and brown sugar syrup. Enjoy this Filipino dessert that you can easily make in less than 15 minutes!

dessert in bowl with syrup on top of table

I love catching up on my favorite desserts and snacks when going home to the Philippines. Nothing beats a delectable sweet dessert like halo-halo or bilo-bilo after a hearty meal and this one is no different!.

This minatamis na saging recipe will keep your cravings for native delicacies at bay. With just a few ingredients needed, you’ll be feasting on this famous Filipino dessert in no time!

dessert with sugar syrup in a bowl on top of table

What banana to use?

This recipe calls for plantain or saba bananas and not your regular sweet, yellow banana that you can readily eat after peeling. Plantains have a different flavor profile and can be used with other dishes like pochero or nilaga. They are much bigger than regular bananas and tougher making them ideal for cooking like this minatamis na saba. 

dessert with syrup in a bowl on top of table with spoon

Level it up!

Plantain bananas in syrup is already delicious as it is. But, why not step it up a notch by making it into saba con yelo! Just by adding shaved ice and evaporated milk in each serving will give you a different and refreshing dessert especially when it’s hot. 

You can also substitute plantains with sweet potatoes and voila! You have minatamis na kamote where you  can also add ice, milk, and tapioca pearls to make it more enjoyable.

dessert with syrup in a bowl on top of place mat

Tips for an amiable experience

  • Do not overcook your plantains! It should be tender yet firm enough to hold form.
  • Serve it along with vanilla ice cream if you don’t want to shave ice and use evaporated milk.
  • If you want to add tapioca or sago pearls, use smaller ones because they are much easier to cook.
  • To make the dessert more fragrant and aromatic, add some pandan leaves when boiling the water. Remove the leaves before adding the other ingredients.
dessert with syrup in a bowl with drink on the side

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

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Minatamis na Saging

Minatamis na Saging is a simple dessert made of plantain bananas and brown sugar syrup. Enjoy this Filipino dessert that you can easily make in less than 15 minutes!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: minatamis na saging, minatamis na saging recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Mia


  • 4 pieces plantain bananas (or saba / saging na saba)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Peel plantains or saba and cut into desired shape. Soak in water to avoid discoloration. Set aside.
    4 pieces plantain bananas
  • Pour water in a cooking pot and bring to a boil. When water starts to boil, add brown sugar.
    3 cups water, 2 cups brown sugar
  • Stir occasionally until sugar dissolves. Tip in salt and vanilla extract and stir to incorporate.
    1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add plantains then adjust to medium heat. Cover cooking pot with lid and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until until tender.
  • Transfer plantain bananas including the sauce in a serving bowl and let it cool down. Serve and enjoy. Bon appetit!



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Serving: 10g | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.3g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 28.2g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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