Minatamis na saging (sweetened bananas)

casaveneracion.com Minatamis na saging (sweetened bananas)The original recipe for this dessert was sent to me by long-time reader Sam. Until I read this recipe, the only way of preparing minatamis na saging I knew was to cook the ripe saba bananas in water and sugar. Guess I’ve been missing a lot. While sticking to the ingredients in the original recipe, I added a few drops of kalamansi juice to cut the sweetness. I also modified the procedure a bit. In a nutshell, this is a dessert made with ripe saba bananas fried in butter, braised in honey then served with sweetened condensed milk sprinkled with cinnamon powder. Doesn’t it look wonderful? Best thing is that it tastes much much better than it looks.

Ingredients :

6 ripe saba bananas
1/4 c. of honey
a few drops of kalamansi juice
sweetened condensed milk (as much or as little as you want)
6 tbsps. of butter
cinnamon powder

Cooking procedure :

Peel the saba bananas and cut each in half lengthwise.

Melt the butter in a skillet. Fry the bananas in hot butter until lightly browned.

In a clean saucepan, pour the honey and the kalamansi juice. Set over medium heat and add the bananas. Toss to coat each piece well and cook for about a minute and a half. The saba bananas will turn darker shade of brown; they will also be shiny.

Place a few pieces of bananas on a dessert plate. Pour sweetened condensed milk over them. Sprinkle with cinnamon powder. Serve warm.

Easy. Delicious.

Thanks, Sam!


  1. Mia says

    My dad makes this, only instead of condensed milk, we serve it on top of ice cream. It’s delicious! He’s definitely the best cook in our house, you should try it.

  2. ogz says

    hi connie, i was searching the web about saba with syrup, saba grape syrup keeps coming out, until i thought of typing in minatamis na saba, and there you are again heaven sent, on the toplist of google search, your site, hehehe, i must try this recipe. Looking forward with a new compliment from my kids and hubby, and if it passes, ima try to impress my definite food critic, mom- in-law, hehehehe, wish me luck:grin:

  3. says

    ogz, you know, before i had the database crash in december 2005, this entry had a loooooong thread of comments from people who tried the recipe hehehehe i really can’t thank the reader (sam) who sent it to me. :) the best of luck. she’ll be raving about her super cook of a daughter-in-law soon.

  4. chunky says

    i had a very (un)funny incident with how i first tried minatamis na saging- used too much sugar, i ended up with candied saging. From now on, i will use this recipe everytime i crave for one. I tweaked on this a tad- instead of the condensed milk, i used the leftover homemade caramel sauce (1/4 cup butter, 1/3 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup brown sugar ) i made for a nutty date loaf cake. thanks for the great idea!

  5. daphne says

    my first time to visit your website. it is too wonderful for a mom & wife like me. there are so many things that i am familiar with but with so many twists along the way. i just love to cook and finding this website is a blessing. hope to see more new pinoy recipes.

  6. says

    chunky, the caramel sounds great!

    luz, o, di ba, better than the usual boiled saba or plain minatamis?

    hi daphne, welcome to Pinoy Cook! Glad you’re having a great time. A toast to moms who love to cook!

  7. melisa says

    Hi Ma’am! Thanks for the recipe. My husband really love eating minatamis whether it is banana or comote. I’ve tried your recipe and it was a hit. I also tried doing turon the same way and they really loved it too. I am planning to try it using camote but I was thinking that it might not work since camote would take longer to cook than banana right? I would try boiling the camote and braised it with honey and calamansi. And then serve it with the condensed milk. hmmm… I’ll try it and give you a feedback. Thanks again Ma’am. More power…

  8. jake says

    This recipe’s a saver! My girlfriend brought me a dozen of saba bananas and I didn’t know what to do with it. Upon reading this after a search in Google, I didn’t waste time doing this, though I lacked many of the ingredients (I only had the saba and honey at the time, and I had to use cooking oil instead of butter).

    I’m living by myself here in Ortigas, and I’m really in a tight budget nowadays, so I have to cook to save money, but I really don’t know how to cook! I’m glad to find this site. Thanks Ms. Connie!

  9. jayvee says

    Hi! Is there a particular brand of honey to use here in minatamis na saging? And also, is cinnamon powder available in any supermarkets? Thanks :) really enjoying your website. Learned a lot of cooking.

  10. Beatrize says

    Hi! Last night hubby told me I’m in-charge of breakfast and that with some saba in our pantry, it’s up to me what I want to do with it. Of course the first thing I did was visit your website and search for some recipes. Cooked this today… yum! Thanks again for giving us so many choices. Your site is very, very helpful and informative. Have a great weekend!!

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