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Saba bananas in caramel syrup with tapioca pearls and milk
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Plantain Banana in Syrup (Minatamis na Saging)

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 Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: minatamis na saging
Servings: 6
Calories: 468kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 6 pieces plantain banana (Saging na Saba) - each one cut into 3 parts diagonally
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4 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: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 1.2mg