Last Updated 25/06/2020

Looking for how to make the perfect puff puff recipe?

Well, today, I present to you two (2) different type puff puff heaven.

The first is the classic puff puff recipe. While the second is a healthier, less-calorie puff puff recipe ( called "Baked “Puff puff” Muffin)

Let get started right away...

How To Make Puff Puff Recipe (Classic)

Here's how to make the classic puff puff recipe:


Recipe by Fitnigerian

This is the original way of making puff-puff snack.

4.8 from 12 reviews

Puff Puff Recipe




4 people

Prep Time
1 H 30 Min

Total Time
1 H 45 Mins

Puff Puff Ingredients:
  • 3 cups (384 grams) of All-purpose flour 
  • 2¼ (2.25) teaspoon of active dry yeast (typically 1 sachet)
  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • ¼ - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli pepper
  • Oil enough for deep frying
  1. 1
    Get a large bowl to put in your dry ingredient; that is your all-purpose flour.
Puff Puff Flour Mix
  1. 2
    In another bowl, mix your dry yeast and allow to proof. It would be creamy and bubbles would form on top.
Puff Puff Proof Yeast
  1. 3
    Add and stir in your salt and sugar.
  1. 4
    Then, add your yeast mixture into that large bowl containing your flour, then your chilli pepper and ground nutmeg and mix properly till you form a stretchy dough.
  2. 5
    Cover the large bowl with a nylon wrapper and keep in a warm place to rise. That could be for about 40 minutes to 2 hours.
  3. 6
    While your dough is rising, heat up your oil till it’s hot enough to deep fry (you would know this by sampling with a bit of batter into the oil, if it rises then the oil is ready for use) or most preferably heat till it reaches 300 °F. 
Risen dough Puff Puff
  1. 7
    Then proceed to fry. To achieve that round shape, you can either use your hands or an ice-cream scooper. Be careful not to over-crowd your pan with too much batter so it doesn’t stick together.
  1. 8
    Deep fry till it turns golden brown on both sides. Remove and drain with a paper towel or place on a sieve.
Frying Puff Puff
  1. 9
    Allow to cool and serve.

The beautiful thing about making puff puff is that you can get creative. You can tweak the original recipe to give you whatever you want. For example:

  • Puff-puff can be given a chocolate flavour by adding cocoa powder or Dark chocolate.
  • Cocktails can be incorporated into the preparation of puff puff that gives it a certain taste and inner colour
  • Coconut water can also be used. I’m particularly interested in this and would try this.
  • Banana, plantain, coconut milk, grated coconut can equally be incorporated into the making of puff-puff.

To be honest, the possibilities are endless.

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Now before we go to the healthier, less-calories "Baked “Puff puff” Muffin recipe, let me quickly answer some frequently asked questions about the classic puff puff recipe

Frequently Asked Questions About Puff Puff Recipe

Here are the frequently asked questions and answers to questions about making puff puff.

Why Does My Puff Puff Not Rise?

Your puff puff did not rise or falls flat because of the quality of your yeast, either it has gone bad or the yeast didn’t activate.

Why Is My Puff Puff Soaking Oil?

Your puff puff is soaking oil (or is greasy) because your frying oil was not hot enough before you started frying. Make sure the oil for your deep-frying is hot enough before you proceed to fry. If you can do that, it shouldn’t stay long in the oil to absorb so much.

Why Is My Puff Puff Hard?

Your puff puff is come out hard because it stays in oil longer than it should. Make sure the oil for your deep-frying is hot enough before you proceed to fry. If you can do that, it shouldn’t stay long in the oil to absorb so much.

How Long Should Puff Puff Be Left To Rise?

Puff puff should be left to rise from anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the kind of yeast used. The instant kind of yeast takes about 30 - 40 minutes and the dry kind of yeast (just like the one used in this recipe) can take about 40 minutes to 2 hours to rise.

How Many Calories Does Puff Puff Have?

One ball of puff-puff (a table tennis size) contains approximately 167 calories.

What is Puff Puff ?

Puff puff is simply “Deep-fried dough”. It’s a snack that cuts across most west African countries like Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. It’s a recipe that essentially consists of these ingredients: All-purpose flour, yeast, salt, sugar, water and oil for deep fry.

How Do You Reheat Puff Puff?

You can reheat your puff puff using a microwave or an oven. If using an oven, preheat your oven to 200 degrees then place your puff on a baking tray, cover with a thin foil and let it sit for 10 minutes. Take off from the oven. If using a microwave, place your puff on a paper towel (helps to prevent sogginess from the steam) and then heat for about 20 seconds. If you’re not satisfied with the temperature, gradually warm up in 20 seconds increments till it reaches your desired temperature.

Baked Puff Puff Muffin Recipe

Baked Puff Puff Muffin

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This is a guilt-free puff puff recipe that uses oats and wholemeal flour without any sugar and frying (Inspired by  Dooney’s Kitchen).

Baked Puff Puff Muffin Recipe





6 people

Prep Time
40 Min

Total Time
1H 20 Min

  • 1 cup of oatmeal flour
  • ½ cup of wholemeal flour
  • 7g of dry yeast (1 sachet)
  • 3-4 teaspoon of any sweetener of choice (stevia, honey etc)
  • ¼ - ½ cup of warm water
  • Fruit of choice
  • Muffin containers
  1. 1
    Get your oats flour by blending your oats and measure a standard cup into a large bowl
  2. 2
    Add the wholemeal flour, yeast and any sweetener of choice.
  3. 3
    Then add water in bits because you might not need as much water. Stir well till there are no lumps.
  4. 4
    Allow to rise. You can leave it in a warm place (like a preheated oven) to make it rise faster. This could take 40 minutes or more.
  5. 5
    Pour into your muffin containers and add your fruits or nuts of choice
  6. 6
    Bake at 180-200 degrees for about 30 minutes. You can bake for more time if you want to achieve the golden-brown exterior/colour.
  7. 7
    Your baked muffins are ready!

I’m really big on healthy food and healthy living and so, it was a big issue that “deep frying” is an essential step in the making of puff-puff.

I’m like how do I get to enjoy this snack guilt-free? So, I did my research and stumbled on Dooney’s Kitchen. God bless her (I’m a big fan by the way). On her blog, I read a couple of blog posts on making puff-puff in different ways and I got so excited.

The major reason for my search was to look for a way to tweak puff-puff enough to make it healthy and Dooney suggested “Baked puff muffins” and “oats and wholemeal flour puff-puff”. That was a breakthrough, guyz. Which inspired the above recipe.

The “puff-puff” dough can also be placed on a waffle maker or made like a pancake with little oil to achieve a healthier version.

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Puff Puff Recipe (2 Sweet Types) - FitNigerian

Looking for how to make the perfect puff puff recipe?

Type: Snack

Cuisine: African

Recipe Yield: 4 servings

Preparation Time: PT1H30M

Cooking Time: PT15M

Total Time: PT1H45M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Yeast
  • coconut water
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Nutmeg
  • Chilli pepper
  • Oil

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Let me know in the comment section which puff puff recipe you'll try first. Or let me know if you have any questions below.

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