Banana Puff Puff Recipe

Snack on fruity, sweet, and satisfying deep-fried Banana Puff Puff!

What is there to love about the Banana Puff Puff? It is infused with the fantastic flavor of bananas as it cooks into a dish that’s crunchy on the outside yet soft and indulgent on the inside.

Once you know how to make the batter, all it takes is a little deep frying to cook it. In just thirty minutes, you can make a snack that everyone will enjoy. As you bite into the Puff Puff, you will taste how sweet and heavenly it is.

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Your cheeks will surely be puffy from all the Banana Puff Puff you’d want to eat. It’s going to be one of the best snacks whenever you want to relax and bond with your loved ones!

How to Make Banana Puff Puff

The first thing you need to do is learn how to make the perfect Banana Puff batter. It’s just like making classic Puff Puff but it’s made extra special with bananas. You can already deep fry it for a round, crunchy, and tender Puff Puff.

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Ingredients

What do you need to cook Banana Puff Puff?

Banana

There are so many reasons to love bananas for deep-fried dishes.

When it comes to making Banana Puff Puff, I suggest using ripe bananas. They have a sweet, creamy, and milky flavor that will make the dish taste so much better. In fact, they can add an incredible aroma, too.

Since ripe bananas are already soft, they’re easy to mash or blend. Once you puree them, you can add them to the batter for a well-distributed flavor. There are also many health benefits of bananas you can reap.

health benefits

  • Did you know that bananas have lots of vitamin C to boost your immunity?
  • According to the Cleveland Clinic, bananas are good for your digestion and metabolism.
  • You can get lots of energy from the vitamins and minerals in bananas.
  • Health shared that bananas are also good sources of electrolytes for your muscles.
  • The soluble fiber in bananas can improve and protect your heart.

Bananas are definitely one of my favorite fruits because of how many recipes I can cook with them. Whether fresh or cooked, bananas have a fantastic way of making your day better!

Plain flour

You will always need flour for Puff Puff recipes. Without flour, you won’t get the airy and light quality of the dish. It also gives the Puff Puff a crispy texture outside while keeping it fluffy inside.

Don’t worry, it is safe to use plain flour for deep frying. It helps form the Puff Puff to get the perfect shape. In fact, I use it to cook other fried recipes like Nigerian Buns, Scotch Eggs, and Chin Chin.

Dried active yeast

What puts the “puff” in Banana Puff Puff? It’s the dried active yeast. You need the yeast to leaven the batter. As it leavens, it will expand until you deep fry it into a round shape.

The yeast also adds volume to the dough, so you can make more Puff Puffs at home. It’s also my go-to leavening agent for Bofrot, Strawberry Jam Donuts, and Air Fryer Bread.

Seasoning

Your Banana Puff Puff will taste better with the best spices. In this recipe, I suggest using cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt. They certainly add a sweet, nutty, and rich flavor to the dish.

Sunflower oil

Remember to use oil with a high smoke point when deep frying. Sunflower oil can help cook the Puff Puff without making them soggy or flat. It’s also an organic oil you can use for stir-frying!

Can you believe that these are all you need to cook Banana Puff Puff? After trying different recipes, these ingredients have given me the best results. Get ready to experience tasty, crispy, and light Banana Puff Puff!

Directions

Follow this step-by-step guide to make Banana Puff Puff at home:

Make the batter

  1. Mix the plain flour, cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt in a bowl with a whisk
  2. In a small glass bowl, combine yeast and water. 
  3. Then, stir with a spatula and set it aside. 
  4. Puree the ripe banana in a blender or mash it with a fork.
  5. Dig a well in the middle of the dry ingredients.
  6. Pour in the blended banana and yeast mixture. 
  7. Whisk them together until well mixed.
  8. Add warm water.
  9. Whisk until soft and thick.
  10. Then, cover it with cling film
  11. Place a kitchen towel on top. 
  12. Let it rest in a warm area for up to two hours to rise.

Deep fry

  1. Gently lower the dough into the pot of hot oil.
  2. Then, toss the puff puff in the oil with a skewer.
  3. Transfer them to a lined plate with a skimmer spoon.
  4. Allow them to cool and serve!

Banana Puff Puff does not get easier than this. Did they turn out as puffy as you imagined them to be? Take a bite and tell me how much you love the banana flavor in every puff puff!

Tips

Buying bananas

  • The Kitchn suggests buying bright yellow bananas with touches of brown.
  • Moreover, ensure that they are not too mushy. 
  • You can also buy unripe bananas to ripen over time. 
  • Discard bananas with bruises and holes.

Storing bananas

  • Bananas can be stored at room temperature until ready for use. 
  • Once ripe, put them in the fridge to keep them longer. 
  • You can freeze peeled and chopped bananas to last for weeks.
  • According to Real Simple, you can best store these in the fridge or freezer.

Banana Puff Puff Variations

How else can you make the Banana Puff Puff special?

Aside from using bananas for the fruits, you can also infuse the batter with other fruits like pineapples, apples, coconuts, berries, mangoes, and even peaches for a sweet flavor.

Instead of plain flour, you can also cook this dish with cake flour, self-rising flour, bread flour, or gluten-free flour. It’s also okay to mix in milk such as coconut milk, almond milk, or even peanut butter.

If you want to add more flavor, then you can add cocoa powder, desiccated coconut, spices, cheese, jam, and so much more. The seasoning is entirely up to you. Add herbs and spices that will make the dish taste better.

More Banana Recipes

  • Pot: Deep fry the Banana Puff Puff in a pot.
  • Blender: Puree the banana using a blender.
  • Bowls: Prepare the dough and yeast mixture in bowls.
  • Whisk: Mix the ingredients using a whisk.
  • Spatula: Stir the yeast mixture with a spatula.
  • Skimmer spoon: Remove the puff puff from the heat with a skimmer spoon.
  • Cling film: Cover the dough using cling film.
  • Kitchen towel: Put the kitchen towel over the cling film to leaven the dough properly.
  • Skewer: Toss the puff puff in the oil with a skewer to cook evenly.

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How to Serve Puff Puff

Did you know that you can enjoy Banana Puff Puff like bread?

Even plain, the Banana Puff Puff still tastes good. I especially love serving it as a snack or dessert because my family loves it. Sometimes, I like to dust it with powdered sugar for a sweet flavor and elegant presentation.

For toppings, you can go with sauces, syrups, ice cream, or whipped cream. It can be chocolate sauce, any ice cream flavor, or any other garnish that you like. When you make a hole in the middle, then you can pipe in your favorite filling inside.

Here are the best suggestions to go with your Banana Puff Puff:

  • Fruit Salad – have some fruits on the side for an extra healthy meal.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream – dip your puff puff into some ice cream for richness and flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar – garnish the dish with fine powdered sugar.
  • Iced Coffee – eat your puff puff with a glass of coffee on the side.
  • Peanut Butter – use peanut butter as a spread for this snack.

Storage Tips

At room temperature: Put the Banana Puff Puff in a container to keep at room temperature for several hours or overnight.

make ahead

In the fridge: Seal them in resealable bags. Then, store them in the fridge for four days. 

To freeze: Cooked Banana Puff Puffs are not suggested for freezing. However, you can freeze the mixture in a freezer bag after it has risen. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is puff puff made of?

Puff Puffs are made of plain flour, dried active yeast, seasoning, and oil! The batter is made of flour, yeast mixture, and bananas, giving it a high rise even after deep frying. You can add in sweet fruits for more flavor and nutrients.

What is Gbofloto?

Gbofloto is a traditional snack in West Africa that’s a style of deep-fried donut. Its batter is made of flour, water, yeast, and sugar. The batter is deep-fried until golden brown and crispy.

How long can puff puff last?

At room temperature, the puff puff can last for several hours or overnight. In the fridge, this dish can last about three to four days. Don’t freeze it because the puff puffs can get soggy.

Where did Nigerian Puff Puff come from?

It is known to have originated in West Africa, particularly Nigeria. The puff puff comes in different variations like Ghana and Cameroon. It is known as a popular street food snack for people of all ages.

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Banana Puff Puff

5 from 1 vote
These Banana Puff Puff are definitely puffin’ with tasty goodness!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 35 puff puff
Course Snack
Cuisine African
Calories 37kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tsp dried active yeast
  • 5 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • A pinch sea salt
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • sunflower oil (enough to deep-fry)

Instructions
 

Make the dough

  • Mix the plain flour, cane sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt in a bowl with a whisk.
  • In a small glass bowl, combine yeast and water. Stir with a spatula and set it aside.
  • Puree the ripe banana in a blender or mash it with a fork.
  • Dig a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour in the blended banana and yeast mixture.
    Whisk them together until well mixed. Add warm water.
  • Swirl water where you blended the banana and pour into the batter. Whisk until soft and thick.
  • Cover it with cling film. Place a kitchen towel on top. Let it rest in a warm area for up to two hours to rise.

Deep fry the Banana Puff Puff

  • Gently lower the dough into the pot of hot oil.
  • Toss the puff puff in the oil with a skewer.
  • Transfer them to a lined plate with a skimmer spoon.
  • Allow them to cool and serve!

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Notes

  • Buy ripe bananas to give the puff puff a sweet and floral flavor. 
  • You can store the dough in the fridge or freezer.
  • Make sure that the oil is hot enough before frying the dough.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 35)Calories: 37kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 0.5mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.4mg
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