Banana Puff Puff Recipe

What makes Banana Puff Puff a must-try dish in your home?

It combines the sweet, milky, and creamy bananas and the crunchy and crisp quality of Puff Puff in one fantastic dish. Once you know how to make the batter, all it takes is a little of deep frying to cook it.

In just thirty minutes, you can make a snack that everyone will love. As you bite into the Puff Puff, you will taste how sweet and heavenly it is inside. Even the crusty texture outside is absolutely enjoyable.

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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

A good Banana Puff Puff recipe starts with a well-made batter. It’s just like making the classic Puff Puff but with a ripe banana to give it a much better flavor. With a little bit of deep frying, you can make your own version at home.

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Once you have these ingredients, you can make Banana Puff Puff any time you want!


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 gets lots energy from the vitamins and minerals in bananas.

Bananas are definitely one of my favorite fruits because of how many recipes I can cook with them. Check out more of these banana recipes that my family loves:

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.


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!


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!


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

Instead of making Banana Puff Puff, you can cook the classic Puff Puff recipe, too. Try new flavors using your favorite fruits. For instance, you can use coconut milk, almond milk, or even peanut butter.

Aside from using bananas, you can try plantains, coconuts, apples, and other fruits that are not too watery. As long as you use the proper measurements, you can successfully cook it at home.

The seasoning is entirely up to you. Add herbs and spices that will make the dish taste better. In fact, you can make Classic Puff Puff or Coconut Puff Puff too! 

  • 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? You can serve them as appetizers, snacks, or side dishes with your favorite recipes. 

Moreover, add more flavor with condiments like Almond Butter, Strawberry Jam, or Peanut Butter as filling. You can be as creative as you want, especially if you plan on serving this dish to kids. 

Here are the best drinks to go with Banana Puff Puff:

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 are banana puffs made of?

Banana Puff Puffs are made of plain flour, ripe bananas, dried active yeast, seasoning, and oil! The dough is made of flour, yeast mixture, and bananas, giving it a high rise even after deep frying. 

Do you put an egg in a puff puff?

You can add an egg to the Puff Puff, but it will no longer be a vegan recipe. I substituted eggs with water in this recipe to add moisture to the dough.

Why is my puff puff not thick?

If the puff puff is not thick, then it is likely due to the consistency of the batter or dough. Use just enough water to mix them until smooth and thick.

Can I leave my puff puff dough overnight?

No, puff puff dough is best stored in the fridge or freezer overnight or for several days. Once cooked, the puff puff can be kept at room temperature for a few days.

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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


  • 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)


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!



  • 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.


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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