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Banana Lumpia Recipe (Turon)

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Bananas rolled in sugar, tucked in a pastry wrapper, and deep fried to golden brown perfection make these banana lumpia one snack you don’t want to miss.

plate of banana lumpa

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Lumpia is such a versatile dish. So many different options and an endless amount of customizations, including the sweet counterpart banana lumpia.

What is banana lumpia?

Banana lumpia or turon is a popular snack and dessert in Hawai’i. These delicious treats originated in the Philippines and were brought over as many Filipinos immigrated to Hawai’i to work on the pineapple and sugar cane plantations.

With just 3 simple ingredients you can easily make a delicious treat that is sure to please.

Banana lumpia ingredients

  • Maika’i Organic Light Brown Sugar
  • Apple bananas
  • Lumpia wrappers
banana lumpia ingredients

Substitutions

  • Traditional Filipino turon uses saba bananas. You can also use plantains or regular bananas instead.
  • Replace brown sugar with coconut sugar or white sugar.

If you’re a savory fan be sure to check out these leftover turkey lumpia.

What are apple bananas?

Apple bananas have a sweet and slightly tangy flavor and are more firm and creamy and work great for this recipe.

maika'i organic light brown sugar for banana lumpia

What are lumpia wrappers?

Lumpia wrappers are also known as spring roll wrappers. They are thin crepe like pastry wrappers that can be found in the freezer section at most grocery stores.

What can I substitute for lumpia wrappers?

If you are unable to find lumpia wrappers you can also use egg roll wrappers which are a little thicker or wonton wrappers which are much smaller in size.

How to store banana lumpia?

Turon is best eaten fresh. If you happen you have leftovers, these can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.

banana lumpia in a frying pan

How to reheat fried banana rolls?

Banana lumpia rolls that have been out for a few hours will lose its exterior crunch. You can restore the crispness by using a toaster oven or re-frying the rolls again. Reheating in the microwave will not achieve that outer crunch and oftentimes makes it overly mushy. I’d avoid it if at all possible.

Can you freeze banana lumpia?

One of the best things about making a large batch of banana lumpia is that you can easily freeze the extras. Freezing the rolls before you fry them works well. 

Once you have wrapped your lumpia, place it on sheet pan in the freeze and allow to partially freeze. Then you can place them in a zip top bag to completely freeze through. This prevents the lumpia from sticking together.

hand picking up banana lumpia

Other Filipino dishes to enjoy

How to make banana lumpia?

  1. For the glaze: To a small saucepan over medium high heat add ½ cup Maika’i Organic Light Brown Sugar and water. Heat until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  2. For the lumpia: Peel the bananas and cut in half lengthwise. Roll bananas in Maika’i Organic Light Brown Sugar to coat.
  3. Place the lumpia wrapper with one corner pointing towards you. Lay the banana horizontally across the wrapper. Roll the lumpia wrapper to enclose the banana. Once you reach half way fold the left and right corner into the middle. Continue rolling to close the lumpia. Use a dab of water at the top tip to seal. 
  4. While you’re finishing up the lumpia, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Fry about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  5. Once the lumpia are golden brown, remove from the oil and set on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  6. While the lumpia are still hot, dip in the glaze to coat. Set on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet. Cool slightly and ENJOY!
plate of banana lumpa

Banana Lumpia Recipe (Turon)

Yield: 12 lumpia
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Bananas rolled in sugar, tucked in a pastry wrapper, and deep fried to golden brown perfection make these banana lumpia one snack you don’t want to miss.

Ingredients

For the glaze

  • ½ cup Maika’i Organic Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup water

For the banana lumpia

  • 6 apple bananas
  • ¼ cup Maika’i Organic Light Brown Sugar
  • 12 lumpia wrappers
  • Cooking oil of choice

Instructions

    1. To a small saucepan over medium high heat add ½ cup Maika’i Organic Light Brown Sugar and water. Heat until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside. 
    2. Peel the bananas and cut in half lengthwise. Roll bananas in brown sugar to coat.
    3. Place the lumpia wrapper with one corner pointing towards you. Lay the banana horizontally across the wrapper. Roll the lumpia wrapper to enclose the banana. Once you reach half way fold the left and right corner into the middle. Continue rolling to close the lumpia. Use a dab of water at the top tip to seal. 
    4. While you’re finishing up the lumpia, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Fry about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
    5. Once the lumpia are golden brown, remove from the oil and set on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
    6. While the lumpia are still hot, dip in the glaze to coat. Set on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet. Cool slightly and ENJOY!

Notes

*Substitute apple bananas for saba bananas, platains, or regular bananas.

*Banana lumpia are best eaten fresh.

*Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.

*Reheat using a toaster oven for re-frying.

*Banana lumpia can be frozen.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 10g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on March 31st, 2021

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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