Saba con Yelo

A favorite well-rounded dessert, Saba con Yelo (Banana Plantain in Syrup with Crushed Ice), “minatamis na saging” is made with Saba bananas, commonly found in Asia, especially the Philippines.


  • 6-8 saging na saba (plantain bananas)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 drop of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Evaporated milk to taste
  • 2-3 cups crushed ice

Recipe Preparation:

  1. Pour water into a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add brown sugar and vanilla extract. Stir well until sugar is dissolved in water.
  3. Place bananas and simmer over medium-low heat until the banana is soft, and the sauce thickens and caramelizes. (Approximately 15 minutes or more). Turn off the heat.
  4. Place bananas in a bowl/or tall dessert glass and pour the sauce over. Let it cool down for a minute.
  5. Top with crushed ice and drizzle in evaporated milk.

Make up to 4 individual servings.