Maruya (Banana Pancake) Recipe, My Style

My place is abundant of banana plantain (saging na saba). I do not buy them, friends just share some of their harvest to my family. I have eaten the conventional Maruya and it is really a comfort food paired with a hot chocolate, coffee or even cold drink.  I tried putting a twist to this famous Pinoy merienda (snack). Easy to cook with easy to find ingredients.


4-5 pcs. RIPE banana plantains (saba)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar (or according to your preference)
butter (or just plain salt)
2 tbsps. cinnamon powder
1 medium egg
1/2 cup of water
oil (canola for healthy frying)


1. Dice or crush peeled bananas. Set aside.

2. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients first (Flour, sugar, cinnamon powder, salt) to ensure thorough blending.

3. Make a well in the middle of the mixture then, place the cracked egg and beat, slowly add water after mixing the egg with the flour mixture. You can also add drops of vanilla essence to your batter for added flavor, optional.

4.  In a pan put oil. Wait till it is hot. Pour a half-ladle mixture of the batter, be sure to spread it so it can cook evenly.

5. Wipe both sides with butter while cooking before it turns brown. Flip after wiping the other side. Be sure to lower the heat so butter will not 

6. Fry till golden brown ad a bit crispy crust.

7.Can be served with your favorite jams (strawberry, pineapple), chocolate syrup or honey on the middle top. 

For an edible garnish, you can serve it with a circular topping half-butter and half-jam.  Butter for its saltiness neutralizes the sweetness in jam. You have got to try this :)

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