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Minatamis and the Quest to Save the Bananas

Minatamis na Saging

Minatamis na Saging

I talked about how bananas get wasted in our house these days.  So we try our best to cook them in some form when they’re about to overripe.  The thing about bananas is that you can do so much with it.  It’s the world’s most perfect food!  You can boil it, fry it, freeze it — it all tastes good.  If it’s overripe, you can bake it.

Today, we happened to have plantains.  So, my kids helped me make Minatamis.  Literally, it means sweetened.  It’s basically bananas boiled in caramel sauce (brown sugar and water).

Recipe:  Minatamis na Saging

1 cup water
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
pinch of salt

  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Add brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for about 12 minutes or until the bananas are soft and the liquid is thick.
  4. Turn off heat and let cool down. This will allow some more time for banana to cook so make sure it’s not overcooked in step 3.

Enjoy your Minatamis!

Minatamis na Saging

Minatamis na Saging

Minatamis na Saging

Zach wouldn't try it so I served it with Ice Cream. He never says no to Ice Cream.

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