Chocolate Puff Puff Recipe

chocolate puff puff topped with toasted coconut on white plate

A twist on a classic Nigerian street food, this Chocolate Puff Puff has a crispy exterior combined with a rich & fluffy chocolate inside! Gluten-Free & Vegan



For the Puff Puff Batter:

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour
  • 1 cup Cacao Powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ⅛ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ cup Full Fat Coconut Milk (from a can)
  • 1 ½ cup Filtered Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

For Cooking and Serving:

  • Oil for Deep Frying (Salimatu recommends Sunflower)
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • ¼ cup Shredded Coconut, toasted


  1. Fill a large, deep pot with oil until it’s between 3-5” deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat while you prepare the Puff Puff batter; you want it to get to around 300F.
  2. In the meantime, add the Flour to a large bowl and sift in the Cacao Powder (to eliminate any clumps). Add the Coconut Sugar, Baking Powder, Nutmeg, and Salt to the bowl and whisk well.
  3. Form a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the remaining wet ingredients. Mix the batter together until everything is evenly combined and uniform.
  4. Once the oil is heated, use a small cookie or ice cream scooper to drop 3 tbsp balls of dough into the hot oil. Depending on the size of your pot, you will need to do this in 2-3 batches. Raise the heat to high and fry the Puff Puff for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure that the dough balls cook evenly and do not stick together.
  5. The balls will have a crisp exterior a “hollow” sound to them when you tap them – that’s when you know they’re done! Use a slotted spoon to transfer the Puff Puff to a plate lined with a paper towel or clean dish cloth. Immediately sprinkle the balls with Coconut Sugar and top with toasted Coconut. Drizzle with Maple Syrup, then serve warm.


  • Coconut Sugar may be substituted for another granulated sweetener.
  • This recipe has not been tested with any other flour substitutions.

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