Banana Lumpia

There’s an island in the middle of the pacific. That island is in the middle of a string of other islands, and in the middle of that island are the Healing stones or (Keanianileihuaokalani) which are just around the corner from one of my favorite places on this world, my grandma’s house! In the back yard is garden and the most fruiting trees you’ve ever seen on 1/4 of an acre. When I was little, there were 6 banana trees, so there was more then enough bananas for 2 people (3 if I was there). Their house always smelled like over ripe bananas and mangos (which is why I every time I’m at the grocery store I have to smell the mangos). What do you do when you’re a tiny filipino lady and have too many bananas? Make Lumpia! As simple as this recipe is, I still claim it to be the first recipe I’ve ever created. During one of our lumpia rolling afternoons, my grandma started hauling the bananas to the table I thought, “this would be better with cinnamon and sugar”! Up to this point, she’d only wrap the banana and fry them. So I got a little bowl, mixed the cinnamon and sugar and coated my bananas. It was sooo good and I was so proud of myself. I was 8 so it was a big deal for me to think of something that tweaked what my grandma has done for years and for her to love it. From that day forward, I make all our banana lumpia with cinnamon and sugar. When it was time to create my final menu project for my last quarter of Culinary School, I of course included this as my dessert even though it’s simple, it means a lot to share it.

Banana lumpia3

Banana Lumpia:                                                                                                                                 Yield: 20 lumpia

5 Bananas

20 Lumpia Wrappers

1T Sugar

1t Cinnamon


Step One:  Peel bananas, cut in half then cut each half in half again length wise.

Step Two: Mix cinnamon and sugar on a plate and roll each banana piece in tbe mix before rolling in the wrapper.

Banana Lumpia rolling

To Wrap:

Step One:  Lay the wrap like a diamond and lay the banana on the in the middle of the lower 1/2 and roll the corner close to you over the banana.

Step Two:  Fold the sides to the center and roll secure the ends with a little water.

To Cook:

Step One: In a fry pan add about an inch of oil and heat on medium heat once the oil is at 350°.

Step Two:  Fry the lumpia until golden brown and heated through. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before eating.

Banana Lumpia pin

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