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Cassava Suman

Steamed Cassava Suman is a delicious snack or dessert made with grated yucca and coconut milk. This Filipino cake is tasty, filling, and gluten-free.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 15 Servings
Calories: 163kcal


  • banana leaves
  • kitchen twine
  • Steamer


  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen grated cassava, thawed and drained or 4 cups freshly grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk


  • With a damp cloth, gently wipe surfaces of banana leaves to remove any dirt or grit. Over high flames, quickly pass leaves for about 3 to 5 seconds to wilt.
  • In a bowl, combine cassava, sugar, and coconut milk. 
  • Spoon about 2 heaping tablespoons of mixture onto a banana leaf and shape into a log. Fold banana leaf over mixture to enclose and roll tightly into a log. Fold both ends and tie with kitchen twine.
  • Arrange prepared suman in a steamer and steam for about 35 to 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from steamer and allow to slightly cool.


Quickly pass the banana leaves over high flames to help soften and make easier to fold.
If you like a bit of texture, add grated coconut to the cassava mixture.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg