Easy Banana Dessert Recipes

Banana Turon (Photo courtesy by wilmack from Flickr)
Banana Turon (Photo courtesy by wilmack from Flickr)
Ripe Plantain Bananas [Photo courtesy by Lulot Ruiz (slowly adopting the local habits) from Flickr]
Ripe Plantain Bananas [Photo courtesy by Lulot Ruiz (slowly adopting the local habits) from Flickr]

Banana is a Prolific Dessert

The term 'banana' usually refers to the 'dessert' banana with the soft and sweet flesh. The bananas that have firm and starchy flesh are called 'plantains,' or 'saba' in many parts of the Philippines. These bananas are from a group of cultivars, which taste somewhat blandly sweet. The unripe plantain banana fruits are dried and ground to make banana flour.

Plantain bananas can be cooked in many ways. Semi-ripe fruits can be boiled whole and unpeeled. Or cut into very thin chips, dried, and cooked with glazed sugar. Whole peeled semi-ripe banana are also deep-fried while sprinkling brown sugar on them. The result is one of the popular street snack food in the Philippines called 'banana cue' or fried banana on a stick.

Another popular afternoon snack is called 'turon.' Ripe banana slices, ripe jackfruit strips, and a dash of sugar are wrapped snugly in lumpia wrappers -- then deep-fried until crispy and golden brown. The crunchy turon is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ripened plantain banana fruits are also cooked in thickly caramelized sugar. Sweetened banana, sliced or whole, can be eaten alone as afternoon snack. Placed on top of shaved ice and splashed generously with milk -- you got banana con yelo.

The mashed fruit of ripe plantain banana can be cooked as banana pudding. Or simply dip in thick batter made of flour and eggs before deep-frying.

The famous Filipino summer dessert called 'halo-halo' is not complete without the sweetened banana slices as one of the dozen (or more) ingredients.

Green and Unripe Plantain Bananas (Photo courtesy by tacit requiem from Flickr)
Green and Unripe Plantain Bananas (Photo courtesy by tacit requiem from Flickr)
Banana and ripe jackfruit wrapped in lumpia wrappers--deep-fried until crispy (Photo courtesy by Clipper Monsoon from Flickr)
Banana and ripe jackfruit wrapped in lumpia wrappers--deep-fried until crispy (Photo courtesy by Clipper Monsoon from Flickr)

Gourmet Banana Dessert

Eat your banana dessert in style. Cut the deep-fried 'turon' in diagonal slices and serve with a mound of vanilla ice cream on the side. Create a classy background design with zig-zagging lines of pancake syrup and condensed milk.

Lumpia Wrappers (Photo courtesy by Happy Jack Eats from Flickr)
Lumpia Wrappers (Photo courtesy by Happy Jack Eats from Flickr)
Ingredients for Turon: banana 'saba', sugar, and ripe jackfruit (Photo courtesy by joeyplanting from Flickr)
Ingredients for Turon: banana 'saba', sugar, and ripe jackfruit (Photo courtesy by joeyplanting from Flickr)

Simple Recipe for 'Turon'

'Turon' is very easy to cook. You will need to prepare only 5 ingredients: whole bananas cut into two, strips of ripe jackfruit, white or brown sugar, lumpia wrappers, and oil for deep-frying.

How to Cook: Roll one banana half on sugar and arrange on one end of the lumpia wrapper. Add a strip or two of jackfruit. Wrap carefully to make a roll. Set aside. Heat the oil in a semi-deep frying pan. Fry each roll until golden brown.

How to Bake Banana Cake

Banana Cakes are Easy to Bake

Traditional banana cakes often use the 'dessert' variety bananas. The soft banana flesh is mashed and mixed in flour with eggs, sugar, and some baking powder. A slice of banana cake is perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Green Cavendish Bananas (Photo courtesy by aim_inc_ph from Flickr)
Green Cavendish Bananas (Photo courtesy by aim_inc_ph from Flickr)
Ripe Plantain Bananas (Photo courtesy by sassy40's Signed-off! from Flickr)
Ripe Plantain Bananas (Photo courtesy by sassy40's Signed-off! from Flickr)

The Many Colors of Banana

Bananas have different varieties and have different sizes and colors when ripe: yellow, light green, light brown, red, and purple. It is available all-year round because it is not seasonal. The top 5 countries in banana production are: India, Brazil, China, Ecuador, and the Philippines. The most important and the also the most exported of the banana cultivars is the 'Cavendish,' mainly because of the long shelf life rather than the taste.

Bananas to be exported are usually picked while green and unripe. They are brought and stored inside ripening rooms, which are air-tight and full of ethylene gas. The gas will induce rapid ripening process.

The vivid yellow color of bananas sold in supermarkets are caused by the artificial process of ripening. Tree-ripened bananas have brownish-yellow color and a much more superior flavor. However, their shelf-life will last 7 to 10 days only; unlike the ethylene-ripened bananas.

Banana Trivia:

The word 'banana' originated from 'banan,' an Arabic word that means 'finger.

Ripe Cavendish Bananas (Photo courtesy by Steve Hopson from Flickr)
Ripe Cavendish Bananas (Photo courtesy by Steve Hopson from Flickr)
The brown sugar sprinkled on whole bananas while frying becomes the crispy sweet coating. (Photo courtesy by elJeProks from Flickr)
The brown sugar sprinkled on whole bananas while frying becomes the crispy sweet coating. (Photo courtesy by elJeProks from Flickr)
Luscious Flesh of Fried Banana (Photo courtesy by totomai from Flickr)
Luscious Flesh of Fried Banana (Photo courtesy by totomai from Flickr)

How to Make Banana Pudding

Simple But Savoury Banana Pudding

This pudding uses the Cavendish banana, not the plantain type. Easy to prepare but perfect to bring in pot luck parties.

'Halo-Halo' A Filipino Famous Summer Dessert (Photo courtesy by Clarissa-Ren from Flickr)
'Halo-Halo' A Filipino Famous Summer Dessert (Photo courtesy by Clarissa-Ren from Flickr)

Halo-Halo: Favorite Filipino Summer Dessert

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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Fantastic info. I really learned a lot about bananas. My kids and I LOVE them. I love them in breads and deserts and plain and any way I've ever had them. I really want to try Turon. It looks so yummy! I'm assuming I can find the ingredients here in the states, so I'm going to look at the different grocers. Hopefully I'll be back to let you know how much I love it. I'm bookmarking. =D


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

I agree with Freida. Question.......is a Turon a thin type of pancake? It looks like it in the photo. Can these be purchased ready made?


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hello, Frieda. Thank you for the beautiful comment. Of course, the ingredients are available in the supermarket. Just look for the plantain bananas, not the cavendish ones. Lumpia wrapper are sold in packs of 50 or 20 pieces. Don't forget the jackfruit because they give delicious smell to turon. I'll be watching out for your feedback. I'm sure the kids will love your turon. :)

Hi, Peggy! Thanks for dropping by. Turon is not a pancake but the lumpia wrapper used to wrap it could be a sort of very thin pancake. Lumpia wrappers can be purchased in packs of 50's and 20's in the supermarket. This wrapper is also used in fried egg rolls.


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Charlotte Anne 7 years ago from Iowa, USA

You have a lot of good ideas there.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hi, Charlotte Anne! Thank you for dropping by :)


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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas

Loved your hub and all the great info about bananas! What is jack fruit? I have never heard of it! Thanks!


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hi, Smireles! I just added 3 pics of jackfruit -- just for you :) Thank you for asking.


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Nice hub, and thanks for sharing as i look forward for some more hubs from you.cheers


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saif113sb 5 years ago

Beautiful and good ideas Recipes. Thanks


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mabmiles 5 years ago

I love banana.


Narendra singh chouhan 4 years ago

Amazing dish i love the banana dishhhhhhhhhh


Lisa 2 years ago

Here is a recipe or two for you. I hope your brdaemaker has a sweet bread button, or just use the reg cycle.Caribbean Banana BreadLarge Loaf1/3 C water3/4 C mashed very ripe banana2 T vegetable oil, margarine or butter (I use olive oil)1 large egg3/4 t salt3 T brown sugar, packed1 1/2 C white flour*1 1/2 C whole-wheat flour1 t ground nutmeg or cinnamon (bet pumpkin pie spice would be good)1 1/4 t bread-machine or instant yeast1/4 C each raisins and chopped pecans (optional) * In Canada use all-purpose or bread flour; in the United States use bread flour.(You don't have to use wheat flour. Just add the amt listed in white)Extra Large Loaf1/3 C water1 C mashed very ripe banana (about 2 medium bananas)3 T vegetable oil, margarine or butter (I use olive oil)2 large eggs1 t salt1/4 C brown sugar, packed2 C white flour*2 C whole-wheat flour1 1/4 t ground nutmeg or cinnamon (bet pumpkin pie spice would be good)1 1/2 t bread-machine or instant yeast1/3 C each raisins and chopped pecans (optional)*In Canada use all-purpose or bread flour; in the United States use bread flour. 1. Add all ingredients except raisins and nuts to machine according tomanufacturer’s directions. Select sweet or white cycle. 2. Add raisins and nuts at ingredient signal (or about 20 to 30 minutes into cycle after the starting time). Tip: Freeze overripe bananas either in their skins (the skins will turn black but the bananas are good for baking when thawed) or peel, mash and freeze in airtight containers or bags.


Yui 2 years ago

Turon cupcakes?! You are a ginues! Never would I think to transform turon into cupcakes but you did it - great job!! And I love the jackfruit cream cheese frosting... what a great idea! Oh and of course please feel free to join Kulinarya - email me sugarlace[at]fragiled[dot]net so I can introduce you to Trissa and Kath! :)

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