Last Updated 24/06/2020

Searching for the best Nigerian Buns recipe?

This post shows you how to make 2 types of buns recipe (the original simple buns recipe and a less calorie, fit-fam approved buns recipe)

Take a deep breath, get comfortable and let’s quickly begin 😉

How to Make Nigerian Buns Recipe 

The basic ingredients needed for simple buns recipe are all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, water and any flavour of choice.

Simple Buns Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is a simple, deep-fried and easy buns recipe.

4.9 Rating

Buns Recipe




24 people

Prep Time
10 Min

Total Time
40 Min

  • 384g or 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tea spoons of baking powder
  • 175g of sugar
  • ¼ Tea Spoon  of salt
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 - 1.5 cups of water
  • 1 Tea Spoon Of Cayenne Pepper [Optional]
  • ½ Tea Spoon of ground nutmeg [optional]
  1. 1
    In a large bowl, measure your sifted all-purpose flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
Dry Flour mix buns recipe
  1. 2
    Pour water in little increments and with your hands, mix till you achieve the consistency you want. The batter should be firm and stretchy. Be careful not to over mix so your buns don’t come out hard. Then, depending on the consistency you want, the amount of water to be used should range from 1 - 1½ cups of water.
  2. 3
    After achieving the consistency of your dough, allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.
Wet flour mix bun recipe
  1. 4
    While that is happening, place your oil of choice on medium to high heat till it gets to about 350 - 355 Fahrenheit. You can also test how hot it is by putting a little batter in and if the batter floats to the surface then it’s ready for use.
  2. 5
    With the aid of an ice cream scoop or hands, form your buns in circular shapes, drop into the hot oil and avoid overcrowding your pan.
  3. 6
    Fry till both sides are golden brown and all your batter is done.
  4. 7
    Allow to cool then serve.
  • You can decide to get creative and add other ingredients like egg, milk, and so on
  • You can also experiment with flavours but today, my flavour of choice is cayenne pepper and ground nutmeg. These flavours are entirely optional and you can tweak to suit your taste.
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Nigerian Baked Buns Recipe

Baked Buns Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is a healthier, soft buns recipe inspired by Dooney’s kitchen





8 people

Prep Time
10 Min

Total Time
40 Min

  • Flour of choice (Almond flour, wheat flour, oat flour, etc. and you can decide to mix any two flours of choice.)
  • 2 - 3 table spoon of honey
  • 2 - 3 Table Spoon of cold evaporated milk
  • 1 - 2 Table Spoon of any healthy oil of choice (coconut, olive oil etc.)
  • Warm water
  • Any flavour of choice (vanilla extract, cinnamon, etc.)
  1. 1
    In a large bowl, measure your flour of choice and add your honey, cold milk and healthy oil of choice
  2. 2
    With the aid of a spatula or your hands, stir in your water in little increments/ gradually till you get that firm and stretchy dough.
  3. 3
    With your ice cream scoop, scoop out the dough onto a baking sheet.
  4. 4
    Preheat your oven at 220 degrees and while this is happening, allow your dough to rest for 30 minutes or less.
  5. 5
    Then, place your baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes. At 20 minutes, give it a milk wash (that is brushing milk all over the pastry with a pastry brush). That gives it a golden brown colour
  6. 6
    Allow to cool and serve with toppings like raisins, nuts etc.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Making Buns 

Here are common questions and answers about buns recipe

My bun is crispy and golden brown on the outside but not done on the inside. What could have gone wrong?

Well, it just might be the temperature at which you fried your buns. If the oil while frying is placed on high heat, it would look some on the outside and might even be burning not yet done on the inside.

My buns turned out flat. What could be the cause?

Not adding baking powder and not achieving that firm, the stretchy dough is two reasons for your buns coming out flat.


Nigerian Buns Recipe (2 Simple & Easy Types) - FitNigerian

Searching for the best Nigerian Buns recipe?

Type: Snack

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 24 servings

Calories: 158

Preparation Time: PT20M

Cooking Time: PT30M

Total Time: PT40M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Flavour of choice

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There you have it, two ways to make simple, soft and easy Nigerian buns recipe.

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  1. I tried both but didn’t eat the fried because I’m in a calorie deficit but I added sugar ( very little) in the baked buns because I ran out of honey is that okay

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