Turon – Banana spring rolls and Jolly Jeeps

Crispy sweet banana spring rolls
Crispy sweet banana spring rolls
Crispy sweet ..Banana spring rolls...Turon
Banana spring rolls…Turon

Turon or banana spring rolls is a popular Filipino dessert sold on mobile food carts which line the streets of Makati’s Central Business District. They  are fondly known as Jolly Jeeps. Jolly Jeeps were originally wooden carts started with the purpose of providing meals on wheels to the blue collar workforce (laborers, janitors, clerks and low-level employees) who looked for economical lunches because the office cafeterias burnt a hole in their pockets. With the passage of time, these Jolly Jeeps became popular with the white collared employees, managers and executives who drove up to them in fancy cars to savor the delicious food served there.

In the early days, these carts were unregulated and untaxed. The vendors would just park them in their slots where the employees from neighboring offices would hop down in their free time and buy a meal. As they did not have permission from the city government, they would drive their carts to the next block and set up their business there, whenever the cops would drive by and shoo them away. Eventually, the Jolly Jeeps evolved and lost their wheels. Now they are stationary aluminium booths which are taxed by the government and regulated by the local health authorities.They are the pride of Makati city.

Jolly jeeps-picture courtesy Google
Jolly jeeps-picture courtesy Google
Jolly Jeeps in the present day- picture courtesy Google
Jolly Jeeps in the present day- picture courtesy Google

Turon or banana spring rolls is one such delicious snack served in these jeepneys. It is made with spring roll wrappers stuffed with banana and/or a slice of jack fruit. There are many variations to this dessert. You can experiment with the fillings. It is traditionally made with banana coated in brown sugar, but I prefer white sugar because it keeps the pastry golden in color after frying. The brown sugar version tastes equally good but the pastry turns reddish brown. You can serve it with chocolate sauce or with ice cream. The hot crunchy springroll with a sweet gooey filling served with cold ice cream of your choice can be an ultimate experience. If you happen to try this simple, delicious,easy to make recipe do let me know which option you liked better-the one with chocolate dipping sauce or the one with ice cream.


I assure you they are easy to make and will be loved by every one in your family. So,don’t miss trying this recipe…

Turon- Banana spring rolls

  • Servings: 5
  • Time: 15-20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 10 spring roll leaves
  • 5 bananas cut into two each
  • 1 cup ripe jack fruit chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup white sugar (brown sugar if you wish)
  • Oil for deep frying.


  1. Roll each banana half in sugar till well coated. Work with one half at a time. Otherwise the sugar can melt and make the wrapper wet.
  2. Place one half of a banana on the spring roll wrapper and add some jack fruit if desired.Fold from sides and roll.
  3. Make a tight roll and seal it with water or a paste made with flour and little water.
  4. Make all the rolls similarly. Work fast. Do not let the rolls sit for a long time.
  5. Deep fry in medium hot oil till golden brown.
  6. Serve immediately with a scoop of ice cream or some chocolate sauce.

banana halves coated in sugar
banana halves coated in sugar



Enjoy this melt in the mouth dessert from Philippines..


I am taking this yummy dessert/snack to Angie’s 81st Fiesta


42 thoughts on “Turon – Banana spring rolls and Jolly Jeeps

  1. Ana, these look amazing! I loved reading about the jolly jeeps. Reminded me of the carts in India.
    I can smell the aroma of the jackfruit in these yummy goodies!

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    1. Thank you Sandhya . They can made with mangoes too. Very tasty. The Indian pushcarts (bandis/thelas) still exist. The vegetable thelas,the banana thelas and the kind. Good old India.

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    1. Thank you Thank you Thank you! !!For the kind comments. I am definitely feeling better after the water marking. I learnt my lesson the hard way☺


    1. Omg!This is something I was never nominated for before. You are a treasure chest of awards. Thank you dearie for spreading your love and sharing your treasures with me🎊🎆🎇🎉💕

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  2. Although I hate bananas, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe… I might ask my mom to cook it for me someday…huhhhh…someday. lol.

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      1. Hehe! Great idea, but nah, unfortunately my mom isn’t too much into cooking. I don’t even persuade her much – she’s usually ill, but it’s alright, I can always have a look at your site for a visual feast! 😀

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  3. I am a proud Filipina who loves Turon so much. I love it with brown sugar, no chocolate sauce or ice cream. Only paired with iced/cold cola. Oh yum!! 😀 I am so in! Turon feast it is! 😛 So happy you shared something Filipino for this week’s FF! 🙂

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    1. Yes Jhuls I read and heard that the people of Phillippines love to relish it with brown sugar and paired with cola. I’m glad you liked my post on it. I love to try traditional dishes from different cuisines. (I got a bit nervous though when I read your first line . I have to pass this test I kept on thinking till I read every word of your comment twice. But yay I am so happy you liked it ☺ )


    1. We have so many different tastes when it comes to Turon in my family. Some like it dipped in chocolate others with ice cream. Then my kids dont want Jackfruit in them. I love to try all the variations. Each one is delicious.


    1. Thank you Loretta 😉
      Jack fruit is an Asian fruit available extensively during these months. It is also grown in some regions of Australia. Nowadays it is available online across the world either fresh or canned . However you can still make Turon without the Jackfruit. It has a strong aroma and flavor. So it is relished by some people and disliked by some others. Me and my husband just love it where as my kids don’t. So I make Turon both ways with and without the Jackfruit.


    1. Thanks Caroline 🙂 The Spanish Turon if I am not wrong is an almond Christmas candy. This Turon is a banana spring roll and a popular Filipino dessert. Coincidentally they have the same names though the only thing common between them is they are both sweet 😉


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