Banana Lumpia with Coconut Caramel Sauce

March 30, 2022
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Photo by She's Almost Always Hungry
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 16
Author Notes

Banana lumpia are a delicious and popular dessert, brought to Hawaii by Filipino plantation workers. To "gild the lily," these lumpia are served with a decadent coconut caramel dipping sauce.
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What You'll Need
  • For banana lumpia
  • 8 small bananas (or 4 large bananas cut in half crosswise)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, or to taste
  • 16 spring roll wrappers
  • Oil for frying
  • For coconut caramel sauce
  • 1 13½ ounce can full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  1. To make the banana lumpia: Cut each banana in half lengthwise
  2. Place a banana half about 2 inches from one corner of a spring roll wrapper. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar over the banana.
  3. Fold the corner over the banana then fold in the sides. Continue rolling toward the opposite corner. Seal the corner with a little water.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or saucepan to 350 degrees F. Fry the lumpia in batches in the hot oil until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Place on a paper-towel lined sheet pan to cool.
  5. To make the coconut caramel sauce: Place the coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Let simmer until the liquid reduces by half, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want to stop the cooking before it gets to the desired consistency as it will thicken as it cools.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Let cool to room temperature then serve with warm banana lumpia or store in the refrigerator.

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