This Easy Banana Turon (Banana Spring Roll) is one of the most popular street food desserts in the Philippines. The banana is wrapped with a spring roll wrapper, fried until golden brown and crispy then coat it with caramel. You are going to love this as a sweet snack or dessert because it is crunchy, perfectly sweet, and comes together in less than 30 minutes with minimal and affordable ingredients.
Banana Turon is also known as lumpiang saging in the Philippines because it uses the same wrapper and is folded as crispy pork lumpia and beef lumpia. This spring roll is quick and easy to make. It is freezer-friendly and can be frozen uncooked to keep it for a longer period of time.
When I lived in the Phillippines, you could see turon and banana cue on every street market that sells meryenda (snacks). Turon are finger foods that can be sold fast and it's a favorite to eat because it is filling and satisfying. They are quick to make and banana saba is widely available in the country all year.
I wrote some helpful notes for you to make this recipe a success. For a printable version with exact measurements of the ingredients, check the recipe card below.
- Banana - "Saging na saba" in Tagalog is typically used in making this delectable dessert. It is also called cooking banana or cadaba.
- Lumpia ( Spring Roll Wrapper) - These are thin pastry white wrappers, sometimes round or square in shape, to wrap the bananas. These wrappers achieve a crispy texture. They are available at Asian Stores in the frozen section. Don't confuse them with egg roll wrappers which are thicker.
- Brown Sugar - To sweeten your dessert.
Step 1. Peel and slice the banana into 2 pieces. Coat the sliced banana with the granulated sugar.
Step 2. Wrap turon. Carefully separate each wrapper, then cover them with a cloth to prevent them from drying.
Set a wrapper in a diamond shape and put one sliced banana to the lower end of the wrapper. Fold the left and right sides towards the middle and keep rolling up. Wet the top edge of the wrapper with a dab of water to seal completely. Repeat the process until everything is finished.
Step 3. Frying the dish. Heat about 1-2 inches of cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry turon in batches until crisp and golden brown. Make sure to flip each side to cook the other side evenly.
Step 4. Caramelize the sugar over low-medium heat with four tablespoons of cooking oil, swirling the pan occasionally to avoid burning the sugar. Remove from the heat when it reaches a deep amber color and slightly thicken.
Step 5. Coat the fried turon with the caramelized sugar. Alternatively, you can drizzle the hot caramel over them. Serve on a plate. Enjoy!
- Savory - Add ham and sliced cheese with the banana.
- Chocolate - Add Nutella or chocolate chips to the filling to achieve chocolate flavor.
- More Fillings - Add jackfruit (langka), sweet potato, and ube to your banana turon for a twist.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds on the top for a nutty taste and make it visually more appealing.
- Using the air-fryer - Preheat the air-fryer to 400F and place a few pieces of wrapped turon in the air-fryer basket. Brush them with cooking oil. Air fry each side until golden brown for about 10 minutes on each side. Brush the other side with oil after flipping. Continue to cook until it is golden brown and crispy.
Make-ahead, Storage and Reheating Tips
- Make-ahead - You can make this banana lumpia ahead by following all the instructions except the frying part. Freeze them to store. When you're ready to serve, simply fry the frozen turon without thawing. This is a convenient option for parties and gatherings.
- Refrigerator - Transfer the leftover lumpia into a container with a lid and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Freezer - Transfer uncooked turon to a freezer-friendly container. It will stay good and last for up to 2 months in the freezer if stored properly. You don't need to thaw them before frying.
- Reheating - To reheat, heat cooking oil and re-fry them over medium heat until warm thoroughly.
Why I Think You Will Love This
- This crispy and crunchy dessert is perfectly sweet and it is a perfect dessert and anytime snack.
- It's a freezer-friendly snack that you can make in advance. Simply store them in your freezer and fry them when you are hungry.
- If you love more Filipino desserts, check out my Ube Halaya Jam, Ube Puto, Creamy Maja Blanca, and Filipino Macaroni Salad.
Questions and Answers
Banana Turon is a delightful combination of ripe bananas, coated in sugar, and crispy spring roll wrappers, coated with caramelized sugar. This dessert is a crowd favorite that will leave you craving for more. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a scoop of ice cream, banana turon is a mouthwatering delight that embodies the perfect balance of flavors and textures.
Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a scoop of ice cream, banana turon is a mouthwatering delight that embodies the perfect balance of flavors and textures.
To prevent the turon from being too oily, make sure the oil is hot enough before frying. If the oil is too cold, turon will absorb more oil. Also, use a slotted spoon to drain excess oil after frying and plate turon on paper towels to remove any remaining oil.
Turon is a banana lumpia which is in the dessert category. The difference between regular lumpia is the fillings. Lumpia is savory, usually filled with meat, vegetables, aromatics, and seasonings while turon is a sweet snack (meryenda) or dessert.
Easy Lumpia Recipes
Banana Turon (Banana Spring Roll)
- 6 large ripe saba
- 12 pieces lumpia wrapper
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup cooking oil for frying
- Peel and slice the banana into four pieces. Coat the sliced banana with the granulated sugar.
- Separate each lumpia wrapper carefully and cover them with a cloth to prevent them from drying.
- Set a wrapper in a diamond shape and put a sliced of plaintain to the lower end of the wrapper. Fold the left and right sides towards the middle and keep rolling up. Wet the top edge of the wrapper with a dab of water to seal completely. Repeat these process until everything is finish.
- Heat about 1-2 inches of cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry turon in batches until crisp and golden brown. Make sure to flip each side of the turon to cook evenly.
- Caramelize the sugar over medium heat with four tablespoons of cooking oil, swirling the pan occasionally to prevent the sugar from burning. Remove from the heat when it reaches a deep amber color and slightly thicken.
- Coat the fried turon with the caramelized sugar. Alternatively, you can drizzle the hot caramel over them. Enjoy!