Sweet Snack Bananacue Recipe (fried plantains with sugar)

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Sweet snack bananacue recipe or fried plantains coated with brown sugar is another budget-friendly afternoon snack you can try. You’ll only need Saba or plantains and brown sugar as the primary ingredients of this recipe.

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While it may be difficult for you to find Saba which is another type of banana that is popular in Asia, you can also opt for plantains to make this bananacue recipe.

Typically, bananacue is in skewers or bamboo sticks because it is sold on the streets and eaten right away. It gives ease to easily enjoy this snack even though it is still hot. But if you plan on making them at home skip the skewers and enjoy them on a small plate and fork.

These bananacues are sold along the sideways of the streets in the Philippines and are perfect to enjoy while they are still hot and they taste good and can be filling too.

bananacue in skewer
Image taken from Wikipedia

WHAT IS SABA BANANA

This type of banana, also known as cardaba banana is common in the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, you can also have the tree grown within your backyard and therefore have an all-year-round supply.

Aside from bananacue, saba banana can be made into other sweet treats that can be bought outside or made at home.

Here’s an image of our harvested Saba banana which was planted by my father.

Ripe Saba Banana 1
Ripe Saba Banana

ORIGIN OF RECIPE

While bananacue is mainly from the Philippines there are also similar recipes from other Asian countries like Indonesia and Malaysia.

WHAT YOU NEED

SUBSTITUTION FOR SABA BANANA

If you are having a hard time finding saba you can also use plantains to enjoy this recipe. Since plantains actually require cooking and also it is your best option.

One of the major differences between saba and plantains is that saba can still be eaten raw once they turn yellow and become mature while plantains need to be cooked before eating.

SWEET SNACK BANANACUE RECIPE

sweet snack bananacue recipe

INGREDIENTS

Saba / Plantains – your main ingredient for this recipe and it’s rich in vitamins and minerals. Make sure to use bananas that are not too ripe or they may be mushy when you cook.

Natural Brown Sugar – this will be used to coat the saba and when caramelized it adds texture to your bananacue and it’s what makes it extra sweet. You can also use muscovado sugar to replace brown sugar.

Cooking Oil – for frying the bananacue

Cinnamon – (optional) if you want to add spice and flavor

INSTRUCTIONS

This bananacue recipe is very straightforward and can be done in less than 10 minutes. All you need is to heat your wok and make sure it’s hot enough then add oil.

Add brown sugar and let it caramelize with continuous stirring, do not leave unattended to avoid burning it and to ensure your sugar will not solidify and become hard.

Now add banana and coat with caramelized sugar until it has enough coating and lightly brown still with continuous mixing. You can also add cinnamon powder while cooking.

You can use a slotted spatula to remove excess oil once your bananacue is cooked.

Once cooked insert the skewer in the center starting from one end until the whole banana is inserted and served while it’s hot. Alternatively, enjoy bananacue with a fork.

RECIPE NOTES

  • Use a wok so that bananas will be submerged in the oil easier to cook and easy to coat with sugar.
  • Make sure that your wok or pan is hot enough before adding the bananas.
  • Do not leave it unattended and give it a mix to make sure the sugar sticks in the banana and not in the pan.
  • Avoid overcrowding your bananas when frying.
  • Calorie intake is high as oil is added in the nutrition calculator.

NUTRITION DETAILS

This sweet snack bananacue recipe can yield 4 servings. Two bananacue per serving that will fill you.

Each serving has 592 calories: Total Fat 15g | Saturated Fat 1.5g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 17mg | Total Carbohydrate 123.1g | Dietary Fiber 8.2g | Total Sugars 62.5g | Protein 4.7g | Vitamin D 0mcg | Calcium 18mg | Iron 2mg | Potassium 1798mg

Nutrition calculation is based on using an online calculator (verywellfit) and for reference use only. 

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Sweet Snack Bananacue Recipe (fried plantains)

This sweet snack bananacue recipe is done in less than 10 minutes, best serve while it's hot.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Servings 4
Calories 592 kcal

Equipment

  • Wok / Frying pan
  • spatula
  • strainer
  • Skewer (optional)

Ingredients
  

  • 8 pieces Saba banana
  • 1/4 cup Cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Heat the pan or wok.
  • Add cooking oil and wait for a few minutes or until it’s hot then adjust heat to medium-low fire.
  • Add brown sugar slowly and let it melt and caramelize with continuous mixing.
  • Once the sugar has caramelized, add bananas and coat it while frying.
  • Fry for 2-4 minutes with continuous mixing to ensure a balanced coating and to avoid sugar from forming solid.
  • Once desired coating is achieved and the banana is lightly browned, remove and place in a strainer to remove excess oil.
  • Serve on a plate and enjoy it while it’s hot.

Notes

  • Use a wok so that bananas will be submerged in the oil easier to cook and easy to coat with sugar.
  • Make sure that your wok or pan is hot enough before adding the bananas.
  • Do not leave it unattended and give it a mix to make sure the sugar sticks in the banana and not in the pan.
  • Avoid overcrowding your bananas when frying.
  • Calorie intake is high as oil is added to the nutrition calculator.
Nutrition
This sweet snack bananacue recipe can yield 4 servings. Two bananacue per serving that will fill you.
Each serving has 592 calories: Total Fat 15g | Saturated Fat 1.5g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 17mg | Total Carbohydrate 123.1g | Dietary Fiber 8.2g | Total Sugars 62.5g | Protein 4.7g | Vitamin D 0mcg | Calcium 18mg | Iron 2mg | Potassium 1798mg
Nutrition calculation is based on using an online calculator (verywellfit) and for reference use only. 
 
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Keyword banana, bananacue, plantains, saba

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  1. 5 stars
    For some reason, I totally forgot about plantains until I saw your post. I can’t wait to make these at home!

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