Experience a taste of the Philippines with this delectable banana turon lumpia. It's a quick, easy, and oh-so-delicious air fryer recipe!
If you haven't tried crispy Filipino banana lumpia yet, you're missing out on a delectable dessert experience. This delicious treat consists of ripe bananas wrapped in spring roll wrappers and then fried until golden and crisp.
This delicious treat can be easily made at home using an air fryer. This makes the preparation process quicker and healthier with less oil used in cooking. It also ensures that each piece comes out evenly cooked and crispy.
So, if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth with a dessert that offers both simplicity and complexity, try this Filipino turon recipe. With its perfect blend of textures and flavors, this delightful treat will surely leave you craving more with every bite.
Reasons to Love
- Irresistible flavor and texture. The blend of caramelized bananas and crunchy wrappers is a delightful contrast.
- Comforting treat. Turon is a warm and cozy dessert.
- Easy to prepare. The recipe is relatively simple making it perfect for beginners.
The great thing about this recipe is that it only requires a handful of ingredients. When buying the wrappers, make sure to get ones made from wheat flour and not rice flour.
- saba banana (mini banana), regular banana, or plantain
- jackfruit (langka)
- light brown sugar
- lumpia wrappers, or spring roll wrappers
- olive oil
- water, to seal the wrappers
Scroll down to the recipe card for quantities used.
Once you've gathered the ingredients for the banana rolls, preheat the air fryer to 370°F and set the cook time to 16 minutes. Then follow the simple step-by-step directions below to make delicious turon in the air fryer.
Cut baby bananas into four, lengthwise. You'll also want to cut the jackfruit arils into strips.
Lightly brush one wrapper with water. Place 1 slice of banana and 1 strip of jackfruit at the center then sprinkle some light brown sugar.
Fold each side of wrapper then roll the turon. Seal by lightly brushing some water.
In a small bowl, mix the remaining light brown sugar with 1 tablespoon water.
Drizzle some light brown sugar glaze on top of lumpia rolls. Transfer rolls onto Air Fryer trays or basket. Lightly brush with oil.
Place into the air fryer, turning the rolls halfway through the cooking time. Remove once they are golden brown on the outside.
Note: This Air Fryer recipe was tested with an Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven. Not all Air Fryers cook the same way. It’s best to keep watch during your initial tests after purchasing.
While the classic combination of ripe bananas and brown sugar wrapped in spring roll wrappers is undeniably delicious, there are countless ways to reinvent this Filipino favorite. Here are just a few ideas:
- Add shredded coconut to the filling. The natural sweetness and texture of the coconut perfectly complement the creamy banana, creating a tropical delight that will transport your taste buds to paradise.
- Incorporate grated cassava into the filling. You add an interesting textural element and enhance the sweetness of the bananas. The addition of cassava brings a unique earthy flavor to this already delightful treat, making it even more irresistible
- Make it chocolatey. Add a small piece of chocolate, chocolate chips, or a chocolate spread (like Nutella) along with the banana before rolling. The melted chocolate will create a delightful contrast with the sweet bananas.
- Add nuts. Toss in some crushed nuts (like cashews, peanuts, or almonds) along with the banana. The nuts will provide a crunchy element to the filling.
- Try other fruits. Experiment with different fruits in addition to or instead of jackfruit. Mango slices, air fried strawberries, or even thinly sliced air fryer apples can add unique flavors to the turon.
- Add some spice. Sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon on the banana and before rolling. This warm spice complements the sweetness of the filling.
- Omit the jackfruit. Leave it out if you don't like it or can't find it.
Top tip: Choose ripe but firm bananas for the best flavor and texture. Overly ripe bananas can become mushy during cooking.
- Use Lumpia Wrappers: Traditional banana turon uses lumpia wrappers (spring roll wrappers) made from flour. These wrappers provide a crispy texture when fried.
- Slice Bananas Uniformly: Slice the bananas lengthwise into halves or thirds, depending on their size. Aim for uniform slices to ensure even cooking and consistent texture.
- Roll Tightly: Place a coated banana slice (and a slice of jackfruit, if using) near the edge of a lumpia wrapper and tightly roll it up, folding in the sides as you go, similar to rolling a burrito.
- Seal the edges: Brush a little water or egg wash along the edge of the wrapper before finishing the roll. This helps prevent the turon from unraveling during frying.
- Don't Overcrowd: Air fry the turon in batches for more servings. This ensures they cook evenly and don't stick together. Overcrowding the pan can cause uneven air frying.
- Flip for Even Browning: Gently turn each turon halfway for even browning. Use tongs to prevent damaging the delicate wrapper.
Air fried banana rolls are best enjoyed while still warm and crispy. The contrast between the crisp wrapper and the soft, sweet filling is delightful.
While traditional banana turon doesn't typically require dipping sauce, you can get creative and serve it with a drizzle of caramel sauce, a dusting of powdered sugar, or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container once cooled to maintain their crispiness. They should be consumed in the refrigerator within 3 days at room temperature or up to a week. Reheat in an oven or toaster oven to regain some of the crunch.
You can also freeze turon for up to 3 months. Individually wrap each piece in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container. This will help maintain their shape and prevent freezer burn. When you're ready to eat, simply thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in a preheated oven until crispy.
If you like this recipe, check out some of these other tasty air fried foods:
- Bacon-wrapped pineapple bites combines sweet and savory flavors.
- Air fry chicken tenderloins is fried to perfection without oil.
- French toast with brioche bread is a tasty breakfast idea for one.
- Bacon-wrapped onion rings are glazed with sweet maple syrup.
- Pasta chips in air fryer have an irresistible taste and texture.
Banana Turon Filipino Lumpia
- 4 pieces ripe baby bananas or plantain
- 2 to 3 arils ripe jackfruit cut into strips
- 4 to 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 16 pieces lumpia wrapper separated
- 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
- water to seal lumpia wrappers
- Pre-heat Air Fryer at 370°F (188°C). Set at 16 minutes.
- Cut baby bananas into four, lengthwise.
- Gently lay 1 lumpia wrapper on a large plate. Using a square wrapper, it should look like a diamond or 2 triangles. Lightly brush with water.
- Place 1 slice of baby banana and 1 strip of jackfruit at the center then sprinkle some light brown sugar.
- Fold each side of wrapper then roll. Seal by lightly brushing some water.
- In a small bowl, mix the remaining light brown sugar with 1 tablespoon water. No need to completely dissolve.
- Drizzle some light brown sugar glaze on top of lumpia rolls (turons). Do this for the remaining nino banana, making 16 lumpia rolls (turons).
- Gently transfer the 16 rolls onto two Air Fryer trays. Lightly brush with oil. Flip each roll and lightly brush with oil.
- Slowly insert tray into the middle cooking chamber, near the rotisserie catch.
- Turn each roll halfway through.
- Remove Air Fryer trays once the lumpia wrappers are golden in color.
- Arrange on a platter, serve as is, or pair with your favorite ice cream for a delightful Turon à la Mode during summer.