Yucca Root in Banana Leaves (Suman Cassava)

A typical Filipino snack (merienda) made with yucca root (cassava), shredded coconut and sugar. I used Splenda instead of sugar and since I didn’t have any shredded coconut, I used coconut milk instead.


1 package (16 oz) grated yucca root (you can find these at oriental stores as cassava root)
1 cup shredded coconut unsweetened ( or 1/2 cup coconut milk)
1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup Splenda as I don’t like it too sweet)
pieces of banana leaves, wiped clean and cut into squares


1.  Prepare banana leaves by wiping both sides with damp cloth or paper towel. Set aside.

2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

3. Place about 2 – 3 tbs of mixture on the shiny part of the banana leaves.  Fold sides and roll (like making spring rolls).

4.  Place seam side down in a pan and steam for one hour.

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