A traditional Filipino dessert or even as a snack or ‘merienda’, -‘Minatamis na Saging’ directly translate to sweetened bananas. It is really easy to prepare using plantain bananas or locally known as Saba, a variety of banana that usually needs to be cooked before eating.
Trivia: Banana is not a tree but the world’s largest herb. It is believe that there are about 1000 varieties of banana all over the world. And if you are feeling down, bananas could help make you feel happier as they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to promote relaxation and improve mood.
- 4-5 pcs. plantain banana(Saging na Saba), each one cut into 3 parts diagonally
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1½ cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract-optional
- ¼ tsp salt
- 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.