Tired of kale chips and chia seeds yet? These African snack recipes are flavorful, satisfying and just fun to eat (and make!)
If you like dried bananas or fresh ones, but they brown before you can eat them and get that potassium boost, plantain chips will be a tasty change. These chips from KadiAfricanRecipes.com take just 15 minutes to make, and their long shape makes them dippable in yogurt or peanut butter.
This is a traditional Nigerian pudding made from black-eyed peas, onions and ground pepper. Some chefs add apple for a slightly sweet flavor. It’s packed with protein and fiber, and easy to grab on-the-go. Find the recipe at CongoCookBook.com.
If your go-to quick source for protein is an egg, you’ll love this idea: a battered and fried hard-boiled egg. It’s warm and fluffy on the outside and…an egg on the inside. The best part about this snack is that it’s super easy to dip your eggs into Sriracha, hot sauce or ketchup because the batter soaks it up. We like this recipe from AllNigerianRecipes.com.
These are great for an afternoon snack or a side dish with dinner. They’re light and fluffy but still nutritious because of the black-eyed peas. Some recipes, like this one from Afrolems.com adds a little shrimp, making the bean cakes sweet and salty.
This recipe from TasteBook.com packs many flavors and textures into a quick dish. We love the chunky peanut butter, which brings out the sweetness of the potatoes even more, and the spicy topping. These will fill you up for hours.
If you like any sort of mash, this is one of the most unique ones you’ll ever taste. The main ingredients are carrots and grated nuts, sweetened with condensed milk and spiced with cardamom. It’s sweet, full of vitamins, and a vibrant color. We like this recipe from ShonasKitchen.co.za.
This is a South African-inspired dish from CozyDelicious.com. It incorporates several traditional African spices, is fresh and light with the fat-free plain Greek yogurt base, and bold in flavor. It takes only a few minutes to make and tastes delicious with pita chips, or spread on rye bread.
In several parts of South Africa, Bunny chow is sold in kiosks and food outlets. It’s just a hollowed-out loaf of bread or large bread roll, its cavity stuffed with everything from seafood to beef or lamb-based stews and curries. If you use wholewheat bread in this recipe from HotandChilli.com, you have a nutritious and filling hand-held snack or meal.
Fritters are a popular snack food throughout Africa. We love this recipe from Recipes.Coles.com because it uses tons of vegetables, and is essentially a fried rice patty. These taste great with ketchup but also with the Malay curry dip recipe from this list.
You’ll never go back to a “regular” club sandwich again after trying this recipe from AllNigerianRecipes.com. The sandwich has a soft, cool tomato-and-cabbage egg salad with creamy sardine-and-mayonnaise mix.