10 Delicious African Desserts You Should Have

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love delicious African desserts because they are made to satisfy your craving for sweet things. The continent has a wide variety to choose from and will leave you wanting more. The good thing with some of these is that you can make them in the comfort of your home. 

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If you choose, you can walk-in into a restaurant and try them out. Some of the best African desserts include malva pudding, banana glace and basbousa. Read more about them.

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1. Mandazi (Sweet African Doughnuts)

This African dessert is popular in Kenya. Its main ingredients are flour, water, oil, sugar and baking powder. You can use additional flavors like syrups, margarine and eggs. Once cooked, it’s a fluffy, brown pastry commonly taken for breakfast. It can also be eaten as a snack and in the evening with tea. Also known as the sweet African doughnut, it is one of the cheapest desserts you can buy. 

2. Malva Pudding

Malva pudding is an African dessert largely eaten in South Africa. The fluffy pudding draws its flavours from the apricot jam, brown sugar, cider vinegar and sweet syrup. Malva pudding is soft and moist; many people like having it with vanilla ice cream.

3. Moroccan Cakes (Meskouta)

This is a staple dessert in Morocco. Its key ingredients are yogurt, lime, baking powder, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, eggs, and flour, and it cooks for 45 minutes. There are different variations of the meskouta. You can add vanilla or you have orange for a tangy taste.

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4. Banana Glace

10 Delicious African Desserts You Should Have
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Banana Glace is a dessert from Dakar, Senegal. It’s served with a few slices of banana, heavy cream, mashed bananas and sugar. Garnish the banana glace with nuts and fruits like red cherries, black raisins and peanuts. Accompany it with a cup of coffee.

5. Akwadu

Akwadu is an African dessert from Equatorial Guinea. Its main ingredient is banana dressed in coconut, orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar and coconut. The bananas are baked, and you can use plantains if you wish. The dessert can be eaten over breakfast. 

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6. Makroud El Louse (Algerian Almond Cookies)

These cookies contain sugar, eggs, orange flower water and almonds. When they’re fully cooked, makroud el louse becomes light brown. They are then tossed in powdered sugar for coating. Serve the cookies with a cup of tea or coffee.

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7. Sonhos De Banana

Sonhos De banana is an African dessert that originates from Sao Tome and Principe. The Portuguese influenced it. This dessert is made of mashed bananas mixed with baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, flour and eggs. When serving, dust them with cinnamon sugar.

8. Basbousa

Basbousa, or semolina cake, is an Egyptian dessert. Its ingredients are sugar, yoghurt, semolina and coconut. Mix the semolina and sugar together, add yoghurt to the melted butter, and cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Due to the high sweetness levels in the dessert, serve it with a non-sugary drink.

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9. Hertzoggies

Known as the South African jam and coconut tartlets, this African dessert consists of apricot jam, a soft crust and sweet coconut. They are delicious and if you don’t keep yourself under control, you might find it hard to stop eating them. These lovely treats are served with tea.

10. Coconut Rice Pancakes (Vitumbua)

Vitumbua is a common delicacy in East Africa. These niceties are eaten for breakfast but can be used during evening tea or as a snack. Rice, sugar, coconut milk, yeast, salt, cooking oil and cardamon are what you need to make Vitumbua. When well-prepared, these are fluffy and crunchy.

You can have Three more African desserts but these are our best picks. Have you had any of these, or is this the first time you are coming across them?   

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