Shuku Shuku (Coconut Balls) – quick and easy, addictive, sweet bite-sized African treats made with coconut flakes and few other ingredients. So good that you’d popping these one after the other!
West Africa has an abundance of quick, easy and delicious snack food, chin-chin, puff puff, kelewele, suya, that taste great and we all lust over (at least those of us living abroad), despite the fact that we are surrounded by plethora of snacks.
Shuku shuku is another strong contender- one of those addictive snacks , which brings pleasurable childhood memories and make you want to relive your childhood all over again.
Well, not really ….just some parts of it. Anyways, back to to these mouthful of joy.
Shuku -shuku is a sweet tasting Nigerian snack that has found it’s way to other neighboring countries and each country has embraced it , Why? because it tastes great and can be made in less than no time .The star ingredient in this recipe is coconut, of course, eggs, sugar , and flour to coat the coconut balls. I included vanilla bean in the recipe for added flavor or you can do the same or include a dash of nutmeg.
If you love macaroons , you going are in for a treat because they are somewhat similar in taste and texture however, these coconut balls are crunchy on the outside and chewy inside ,but slightly less sweet , allowing room for the coconut to shine through.
It is important to use unsweetened coconut flakes in this recipe. If you can’t find it, use 1 egg and 1 egg yolk and increase the coconut flakes to 1 1/2 cup and generously roll in flour .
Serve it at room temperature.
Shuku Shuku (Coconut Balls)
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 2 large egg yolk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean or 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 cup flour or self rising flour
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Align cookie sheet with parchment or foil paper, coat with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the coconut flakes , eggs, and sugar.
- Split open vanilla bean and scrape the the inside with the dull side of a knife add it to the coconut mixture . Mix well until all the mixture is fully combined .
- Scoop a spoonful of mixture using your hands, roll it into bite size balls. Then roll each coconut ball in flour and place on an baking sheet. Bake approximately for 15 -20 minutes or until it slightly turns brown. Cool and store in an air tight container.