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Maruya Recipe - Fried banana coated in batter then sprinkled with sugar.
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Maruya (Banana Fritters)

Maruya is a healthy, delicious Filipino afternoon snack of battered saba bananas fried to a crisp then sprinkled with sugar. It is so easy to make and deliciously satisfying
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: banana fritters, maruya, maruya recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 6 pieces Saba Banana ripe but still firm, peeled
  • cooking oil for frying
  • ¼ cup sugar for coating or more



  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a masher just to break them into small pieces, don’t make them too mushy though, you want to have body and texture in maruya. You can also cut them into slices or cubes.
  • In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk and mix using a spatula or spoon just until combined. Never mind if there are a bit of small lumps.The batter will be thick.
  • Add the mashed bananas to the batter and mix using a spatula or wooden spoon until well combined .
  • Heat enough oil in a pan over medium heat. Scoop a ladleful of the mixture into the hot oil and flatten it a bit with a spatula. Fill the pan with 3-4 scoops at a time.
  • Fry each side until golden. Using a pair of tongs, take the cooked maruya and dredge it in sugar.
  • Serve while still warm.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg