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By Mrs. Z

This merienda has been a crowd favorite ever since. Easy to do and is almost always readily available in the nearest “kanto”. But with diabetes posting as one of the leading illness to both young and old, there is a worry of not getting to eat this banana wrapped in crispy and sweet lumpia wrapper anymore. But, fret not as I am bringing you a healthier but not short of taste version.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pack frozen steamed Golden Saba (thawed)
  • medium sized wrapper (pack of 50’s)
  • ¼ cup Xylitol sugar
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • ½ cup coconut oil (Suraj brand)

First, cut the regular sized saba into half and quarter the larger ones. Put 1 tbsp. of Xylitol on prepared pieces. Next is, combine the rest of Xylitol, brown sugar and water in a small container and stir well until it dissolves.  Wrap saba pieces accordingly. What I typically do is, I place the banana diagonally and take both the edges in and roll the wrapper. Keep the wrapper nice and tight by using the sugar solution to seal it.

Use a non-stick pan for frying. Place the oil in the pan until it is hot, and then pour in the sugar solution. Wait for about 4 -5 minutes until it is in medium heat and once the oil and sugar solution mixture is reduced, then you can put the wrapped saba in the pan. Mix it well to make sure each and every piece is well coated with the sugar mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes in low heat.  Remember, steamed na ang saba so hindi na kailangan lutuin ng matagal.

Serve and enjoy!

Nanay notes:

Healthy version ito dahil low carb sugar ang gamit at coconut oil and pangprito. Magandang ipabaon sa school or pang merienda ng pamilya. Apat na piraso lamang ay nakabubusog na at take note, ito ay mayaman sa complex carbs at potassium.


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