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Minatamis na Saging with Gata

Minatamis na saging is a yummy Filipino dish, where saba banana floating in sweet and creamy sauce made with brown sugar, coconut milk, pandan leaves and little salt. In this Minatamis na saging with gata and sago coconut cream and tapioca pearl is added to make more yummier and scrumptious. The banana and coconut creamy combination of this Minatamis na saging variation, make it a great snack whether hot or cold!

Minatamis na Saging with Gata


Minatamis na saging is my go-to dessert whenever I got some saba banana on hand. I really enjoy making this dessert as this gives me memories of me and my lolo gathering these saba banana in the bukid and shredding the coconut on our own.

This simple dessert is super easy to make and fun to eat! Truly addicting! We make large batches of this in a big talyasi after our harvest for our large family to share.

If you want to know how to make some, follow and read the recipe below!


Learning how to make coconut milk and cream in the home is a useful knowledge especially when you have to deal with a lot of coconut recipes. Since the featured dish in this article makes use of both the coconut cream and milk, it is better to prepare them both at home. This will be a lot of armwork, so exercise your biceps and triceps beforehand.

If you’re a fan of creamy ginataan dishes, it is essential to have your own kayuran/kayudan/kudkuran ng niyog at home. The traditional kudkuran is usually a large wood where a metal steel with sharp edges is attached. In the market where a lot of niyog are shredded, there are machines with spinning sharp edges to make the shredding easier and faster.

At the start of the recipe video, I showed some clips of me preparing the coconut cream and milk.

First, you remove the coconut husk using a gulok. Just strike them for a few times and then pull the husk. The coconut shell will be revealed.

Crack the coconut shell into two by striking using the gulok. Make sure to have a container lying underneath to catch fresh coconut water. You can cool this later for a wonderful drink.

Next, sit on the wood on the kayuran and pass the coconut meat into the sharp edges, the shred it. Do this a lot of times until you reach the coconut shell.

Now that you have shredded coconut, you must squeeze them to produce the milk. For the coconut cream, simply squeeze them until the thick milk comes out. Do this a lot of times to have a lot of milk. For the coconut milk, pour some water over the squeezed coconut and then squeeze them once again.

The coconut cream is much thicker, fatter and creamier than the coconut milk but both are best used in creamy coconut dishes.


Making kayod the coconut would only be the tough part in making this dish but the next steps would be a piece of cake.

I used 1 big niyog for this recipe. If you want a hassle-free cooking, you can opt to just used canned coconut milk which are ready to use.

Let’s start by cooking the tapioca pearls. Simply boil them in water until translucent. Rinse them and then soak in cold water until use to prevent them from sticking. If you are able to buy the already cooked sago from the market, simply omit steps 1 and 2 from the recipe and proceed with the next steps.

Grab the saba banana which are in the middle of ripe and unripe. These are the best ones to use since they do not become mushy at the end of the cooking process. I tried using ripe bananas before and by the time they’re cooked, it seemed like they melted into the sauce.

Heat a pan and pour the coconut milk (or water). Add the pandan leaves and brown sugar. I tied my pandan leaves so it will be easier to remove later before serving. Pandan is optional but it greatly adds aroma to this dessert. As a substitute, you can also buy pandan flavoring and simply add a few drops in the sauce.

Add the bananas and let it absorb the sauce. Remember to lower the heat before adding the coconut cream to prevent it from burning. We don’t want a smokey taste on our dessert!

When the coconut sauce is already thick, the last step would be adding the tapioca pearls we cooked earlier. When everything came together, the minatamis na saging with sago is not ready to be served.

This dessert is usually enjoyed hot or warm, but I also like it cold. Warm minatamis na saging with sago is automatically made into a cooler. Just put the minatamis at the bottom of a glass, add some crushed ice, and pour some coconut sauce. Enjoy this treat like a halo-halo.

Minatamis na Saging with Gata

Course: Desserts, Filipino Recipes, Snacks




  • 10 to 12 pieces saba banana (unripe)

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup coconut cream

  • 2 cups coconut milk (or water)

  • 3 to 5 pieces pandan leaves (optional but highly recommended)

  • 1 cup small tapioca pearls (uncooked)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Pour 6 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil. Add the tapioca pearls. Cover the pan and let them cook for 15 minutes using low heat. Stir from time to time to prevent them from sticking.
  • Drain the cooked tapioca pearls and soak them in cold water until use.
  • Prepare the saba banana. Peel each banana and get the fruit. Cut each fruit into three pieces. Set aside.
  • In a pan, add the coconut milk (or water), pandan leaves, and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Allow it to boil.
  • Once boiling, add the saba banana. Let it cook until the sauce is slightly reduced.
  • Lower the heat a little before adding the coconut cream. Season with salt and then stir gently. Let it cook until the sauce becomes thicker.
  • Add the cooked tapioca pearls and stir to coat with the sweet creamy sauce.
  • Transfer the minatamis na saging with sago to a serving bowl. Eat it while it’s hot! Enjoy!

Minatamis na Saging na may Gata Recipe (TAGALOG)


  • 10 –  12 pieces saging na saba (medyo hilaw pa)
  • 1 tasa ng asukal na pula
  • 1 tasa ng kakang gata
  • 2 tasa ng pangalawang piga
  • 3 – 5 dahon ng pandan (optional)
  • 1 tasa ng maliliit na sago (hilaw)
  • 1/2 kutsaritang asin


  1. Magpakulo ng 6 tasa ng tubig at ilagay ang mga sago. Takpan ang kaserola at hayaan itong maluto ng 15 minuto gamit ang mababang apoy. Haluin paminsan minsan para hindi magdikit-dikit.
  2. Salain ang mga sago at ibabad sa malamig na tubig. Isantabi.
  3. Balatan ang mga saging na saba at hiwain sa tatlong piraso.
  4. Ilagay ang pangalawang piga (o tubig), dahon ng pandan at asukal na pula sa kawali. Haluin ito hanggang matunaw ang asukal. Hayaan itong kumulo.
  5. Kapag kumukulo na, ilagay ang mga saging. Lutuin ito hanggang umonti ng bahagya ang sabaw.
  6. Babaan ang apoy bago ilagay ang kakang gata. Budburan ng konting asin saka haluin. Lutuin ito hanggang lumapot ang sabaw.
  7. Ilagay ang mga nilutong sago at saka haluin.
  8. Hanguin at ilipat ang minatamis na saging sa malaking bowl. Kainin ito habang mainit. Enjoy!
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