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The best Banana Corn Puff Puff

Banana corn puff puff

Banana Corn Puff Puff, also called Akara Banana is one of my favorite African snacks because it is crunchy and sweet. I remember those days back home when I used to buy puff puffs from women in my neighborhood or in the market; I couldn’t resist this snack.

Banana Corn Puff Puff is basically made from ripe bananas, cornmeal, and flour. When you have overripe bananas at home, don’t throw them away; you can use them to make these puff puffs. The overripe bananas give the puff puffs a natural sweetness. No need to add sugar if you like eating less sugar like me.

It is also possible to replace the cornmeal with ground Cassava, but I prefer the ones made with corn. This recipe is slightly similar to the Puff Puff recipe.

To prepare this snack, you need to start mashing the bananas using a masher or blender. Then add dry yeast, salt, cornmeal, and flour. Combine it all together and let it rest for a while. Now you can deep fry and that’s it, very simple!

Banana corn puff puff

Banana Corn Puff Puffs

Banana Corn Puff Puffs are deep-fried puff-puffs made mainly out of banana and cornmeal. These puff-puffs are good to eat with hot pepper sauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine African
Servings 6 people


  • 100 ml lukewarm water
  • 7 g dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 large overripe bananas
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • oil for frying


  • Pour lukewarm water into a bowl, add the yeast, salt and mix.
  • Peel the bananas, add them to the mixture pour the mixture above and mash.
  • Add half of each the flour and cornmeal, then mix it with a spatula. Add the remaining flour and cornmeal progressively to your satisfaction. You do not have to use all the flour and cornmeal. Cover the mixture and let it sit for about an hour.
  • Heat the oil to a high temperature (about 180°C). Before frying the dough, stir it to check its consistency. If it is light, just add a little cornmeal to make it heavy (It should have the same texture as a cake dough). Then fry the dough by plucking out small balls with your fingers and putting them gently into the oil (don't overcrowd the pot with the dough balls). Let them cook for a few minutes by stirring them from time to time.
  • When they are golden brown, carefully take them out of the oil. They are ready to be served.



  1. If you don’t have a masher, you can mash the banana with a fork or a blender.
  2. Another way to know if the oil is hot enough is to put a small ball of dough in it. If the dough immediately rises to the surface, the oil is hot enough to fry.
Keyword Akara banana, Banana donuts, Banana puff puff, corn

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