4 Healthy African Snack Recipes that’ll make Your Taste Buds Tingle

Who doesn’t rifle through the fridge and cupboards searching for a tasty treat to curb those hunger pangs? Most of us love snacking and we do it for a variety of reasons:

 

  • We’re hungry and need energy
  • We’re bored
  • We’re stressed
  • We’re socialising or celebrating
  • Your trying to boost your metabolic rate

 

So what defines a snack?

A snack is a small portion of food, drink or light meal that is usually eaten in-between regular meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Done correctly, snacking can not only give you added nutrients and energy (obviously depending on what you decide to snack on!) but it can also boost your metabolism and keep the fire burning.

Nigerians love to snack and so have a large variety of them. In order to help you with your healthy lifestyle and eating I’m going to let you in on my 7 favourite, creative and healthy snacks.

 

 

  1. Akara

Also known as bean cake, Akara is extremely tasty and very popular among Nigerians. It is rich in fibre, protein and digests easily. Ensure you cook it in cholesterol fee oil to make it healthier.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup beans 
  • 1 egg
  • A small onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • Cooking oil (cholesterol free)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water
  • Crayfish (optional)

 

Method:

 

  1. Wash the beans
  2. Grind the beans together with the onions, pepper, crayfish and some water
  3. Add the egg to the mixture and stir until it is properly mixed in
  4. Add a pinch of salt
  5. Scoop out small quantities and add them to the very hot oil
  6. Flip on both sides and fry until brown
  7. Remove from the oil and drain
  8. Enjoy!

 

  1. Okpa di Oku

Okpa di oku, Okpa di oku, Okpa! Okpa! Okpa! If you’ve been to Eastern Nigeria chances are you’ve heard this sentence. The secret to making great Okpa is to use as few ingredients as possible as the Okpa beans have their own very rich and delicious flavour. It’s also best eaten hot. This snack is rich in protein and leaves you feeling full.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Okpa flour
  • 15 tablespoons red palm oil
  • 4 small stock cube
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Habanero pepper (to taste)
  • 1.2 litres lukewarm water
  • Plastic bags to wrap

 

Method:

 

  1. Sift the Okpa flour into a bowl
  2. Add salt, stock cubes and mix well
  3. Add palm oil and mix until it is incorporated into the flour
  4. Next, boil water in a pot on the stove
  5. Slowly ass lukewarm water to the mixture and use a blender until there are no lumps
  6. Add the sliced habanero pepper
  7. Scoop out some mixture into the plastic bag and tie one end with a string
  8. Immerse completely in the boiling water
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8
  10. When you’ve finished, cover the pot, turn to medium/high heat and cook for an hour
  11. The Okpa is ready when it’s solid all over

 

  1. Healthy baked plantain chips

Whilst they look like bananas, plantains are different in that they need to be cooked before being eaten. They’re a great source of vitamins A and C which means they’re great for helping the immune system. They also contain carbohydrates which are important for the brain and muscles. They are a delicious snack that can be eaten anywhere!

Ingredients:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • freshly ground pepper to taste (optional)

 

Method:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Peel the plantain and then slice it as thinly as possible
  3. In a bowl, combine the plantain slices, olive oil, and seasonings
  4. Stir it gently to coat
  5. Put parchment paper on a baking tray and place a single layer of plantains on the tray
  6. Cook in the oven for 16 to 20 minutes remembering to turn after 8 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and enjoy hot or cold

 

  1. Gala

 

Also known as a ‘sausage roll’ and one of the most sold and eaten snacks in Nigeria. It is a great source of protein, iron and Vitamin B.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1kg Flour
  • Grind beef
  • 500g Butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 onion
  • Water

Method:

  1. Mix the flour, butter and salt together in a bowl
  2. Slowly add the cold water to mix until it is of a dough consistency
  3. Allow it to rest to that the dough can rise
  4. Flatten your pastry using a rolling pin
  5. Add the beef inside the pastry, roll an cut into the desired shape
  6. Place parchment paper on a baking tray and place the gala on the tray evenly spacing them out
  7. Cook for 30 minutes until golden brown
  8. Delicious!
By | 2018-03-19T16:17:27+00:00 March 19th, 2018|AK Mom|0 Comments

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