Nilupak na Saging Recipe

Nilupak na Saging Recipe – Nilupak na Saging refers to one version of the Filipino delicacy known as nilupak. Nilupak refers to snacks that are made by mashing or pounding starchy foods mixed with coconut milk and sugar. You can also use condensed milk and butter as alternatives. There is range of nilupak depending on the area but they are generally served on banana leaves with toppings of grated young coconut.

Just as there is a range of nilupak, there is also different names for the dish. The term nilupak is reserved for the variants made with mashed cassava or saba bananas. This is another way to refer to Nilupak na Saging. It specifically refers to nilupak made with saba bananas, a banana that originates from the Philippines. The dish is fairly simple and this Nilupak na Saging Recipe can help you out:

nilupak na saging recipe

Nilupak na Saging

A simple Filipino snack made mashing/pounding a saba banana and mixing it with coconut milk and sugar before molding them
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 12 servings


  • 15 to 20 unripe saba bananas
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • 1 piece grated coconut
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons margarine
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons ground peanuts


  • Boil the unripe bananas until tender.
  • While boiling, grate young coconut.
  • Check if the unripe bananas are already fork-tender. When soft, peel them one by one.
  • Crush roasted peanuts using mortar and pestle.
  • Grab the lusong. Add some of the banana peels and then mash them. Use the mashed peels to wipe the lusong.
  • Add the boiled bananas in small batches and then pound them aggressively.
  • Add some margarine or butter, grated coconut, condensed milk and sugar to taste (I used brown sugar). Mash again until they are well combined. Add the crushed peanuts and then pound until you get a sticky mixture.
  • When you achieve the right stickiness, scoop some of the mixture and roll into a ball. Flatten them gently and then transfer to a banana leaf. Do this with the rest of the mixture.
  • Brush each of the nilupak na saging with margarine on top. Sprinkle some ground peanuts and grated coconut

Other Notes on a Nilupak na Saging Recipe

The Nilupak na Saging variation is one of the lesser known variations of nilupak. Saba banana, on the other hand, is a prominenet ingredient in many Filipino dishes. Saba banana is a hybrid banana that originates from the Philippines and is mainly used as a cooking ingredient. Unlike regular bananas, saba bananas have a flavoring somewhat like a sweet potato when cooked. One of the most popular dishes that uses this ingredient is turon.

If you want to explore other recipes that uses saba banana, you can check out “Ube Turon Recipe” or try dishes like “Minatamis an Saging.” You can also try other dessert recipes with our “Carioca Recipe.”

nilupak na saging recipe

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