Cassava Suman made with grated cassava and coconut for the ultimate snack or dessert. This steamed Filipino delicacy is tasty, filling, and gluten-free!

Cassava Suman in a bamboo steamer
Cassava Suman

Cassava is one of my favorites to eat as a snack or dessert. In fact, I have a few recipes with it as the main ingredient such as pichi-pichi, cassava cake, nilupak, and puto lanson on the blog,

Cassava suman is one of the easiest and tastiest things to make with this hearty tuber.  If you use frozen already-grated cassava like I did, the recipe is just a matter of mixing the ingredients in a bowl, rolling the mixture in banana leaves, and steaming until cooked. All you need are four ingredients and one hour to have a batch ready to enjoy!

suman cassava on a blue serving plate

What is Cassava

Cassava is a starchy tuberous root widely grown in tropical and subtropical regions. It’s known as kamoteng kahoy in the Philippines and yuca or manioc in Spanish speaking countries and the U.S.

It’s a staple nashville filipino restaurant crop used in various culinary applications such as alcoholic beverages, noodles,  bread, chips, and cakes as well as tapioca flour.

Is it Safe to Eat Cassava

As it contains cyanogenic glucosides. cassava has potential toxicity and should never be eaten raw or undercooked. Cooking or pressing the root thoroughly removes the poison and makes it safe to consume.

There are two varieties of cassava namely sweet and bitter. The sweet variety, which is what’s sold as fresh or frozen in stores, can be made safe to eat by peeling and thorough cooking. The bitter cassava. on the other hand, requires more extensive processing and is used in making flours and starches.

sumang kamoteng kahoy in a bamboo steamer

Tools Needed to Make Sumang Cassava

  • banana leaves, cut into about 6 x 6-inch size
  • kitchen twine or banana ribs for tying
  • steamer

Tips on How to Make Cassava Suman

  • You’ll need about 4 cups of grated cassava for this recipe. If using frozen, make sure to thaw completely and drain well.
  • Quickly pass the banana leaves over high flames to help soften and make easier to fold.
  • I like the added texture of grated coconut coconut but it’s optional and you can omit it if you like.
  • You can easily double or triple the recipe as needed.  Store the suman in resealable bags or airtight containers and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Cassava Suman

Cassava Suman made with grated cassava and coconut for the ultimate snack or dessert. This steamed Filipino delicacy is tasty, filling, and gluten-free!
Prep Time20mins
Cook Time45mins
Total Time1hr5mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: cassava suman
Servings: 15Servings
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Lalaine


  • 2packages(16 ounces each) frozen grated cassava, thawed and drained or 4 cups freshly grated
  • 2cupsgrated coconut
  • 1cupsugar
  • 1/2cupcoconut 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, coconut, 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.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 0.1% | Vitamin C: 14% | Calcium: 1.3% | Iron: 4.3%

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