26 Top African Desserts That’ll Have Your Mouth Watering (With Recipes)
There’s a ton of culture teeming from Africa, and a lot of it comes from their delicious food.
While many minds might instantly travel to their delicious and savory entrees, today is for those with a sweet tooth.
Africa is made up of 54 countries and we’re taking you all around the continent for 26 of their best and most loved desserts.
Algeria is a northern African country with tons of culture.
Mkhabez is one of the country’s most popular desserts and is rarely missing from any celebration.
If you’re a fan of sugar and nuts, this is the dish for you.
Technically a sweet cake, this dessert is stopped with a royal icing.
With staples like vanilla sugar and almonds, The Teal Tadjine puts their own spin on it with an extra special ingredient – lemon zest.
Shuku Shuku (Nigeria)
If you’re a fan of coconut, the Nigerian treat Shuku Shuku should be on the menu.
You’ll only need to set aside a half hour for prep and cook time for this semi sweet dessert.
With coconut flakes at the center, this African Bites recipe is crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside.
Plus, there are only a handful of ingredients that are necessary to bring this treat to life.
Another popular coconut dessert hails from the Central African country of Cameroon.
While most desserts seem like a sugar episode waiting to happen, Vitumbua is a healthy dessert alternative.
Often appearing in donut or pancake form, Immaculate Bites describes her recipe as a slight outside crust with a melt in your mouth inside.
With tons of coconut at the center of this dessert and its dipping sauce, you can easily make this vegan-friendly recipe.
Cocada Amarela (Angola)
We’re now traveling to the southern country of Angola for their popular Cocada Amarela – a sweet custard dish.
And can you guess what the major ingredient is?
Well, coconut, of course!
While the process of making a custard is a little more complicated, it’s worth it in the end.
There aren’t very many ingredients that go into this, but with the combination of coconut, sugar, and vanilla butter from Foreign Fork’s recipe, you can bet your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
It’s no surprise that coconut is also at the center of this Senegalese treat.
Sombi is a coconut rice pudding from the Western African country.
Served both warm and cold, it’s ideal for all seasons.
All you need is about 20 minutes and about 6-7 ingredients to bring Yummy Medley’s recipe to life.
With coconut milk, cream, and chips as part of the ingredient, if you love coconut, this is the pudding for you.
Kanyah (Sierra Leone)
If you’re ready to give coconut a break, we’re waiting to try this peanut dish from Sierra Leone.
Kanyah is one of the easiest recipes on this list with only three ingredients.
With a bit of unsalted peanuts, sugar, and rice flour, you can easily make it yourself.
Plus with a skillet, food processor, and casserole dish, you can enjoy these treats courtesy of Global Table Adventure.
Ngalakh (Senegal & West Africa)
We’re headed back to Senegal for Ngalakh – a popular dish that appears annually for Easter celebrations.
More so, this dish crosses religious lines in the country between Christians and Muslims.
There isn’t much to this popular dish other than sugar, peanut paw, monkey bread, chocolate spread, and thiakry.
How Africa’s recipe even calls for extra ingredients if you feel like it.
For those who love coconut or the taste of vanilla, those are all additional options to this delicious treat.
To introduce a new flavor into these top African desserts, we’re traveling to Libya for Aseeda or Aseeda Bobbar.
This Libyan treat is made predominantly from pumpkins while a few other ingredients are added to sweeten the pot.
Honey is often used to sweeten up this recipe, but you can check out the recipe and all its alternatives on The Big Sweet Tooth.
Nkate Cake (Equatorial Guinea & Ghana)
We’re headed to the equator for a taste of Nkate Cake, also called Kongodo.
Popular in Equatorial Guinea and Ghana, you’ll love this dessert if you’re a fan of Snickers bars.
Nkate Cake has both the peanuts and nougat that make many of us reach for the popular candy.
We might recognize this dessert more commonly as peanut brittle, but 196 Flavors shows how you can make this recipe yourself.
Congo Chewies (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
If you couldn’t guess from its name, Congo Chewies are a dessert recipe hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This dessert has a great resemblance to brownies or blondies, and there isn’t much needed to make them.
With your regular baking ingredients, this All Recipes recipe also calls for semisweet chocolate chips, brown sugar instead of white, and chopped walnuts.
Banfora (Burkina Faso)
Now we’re opening ourselves up to different dessert flavors.
Banfora is a popular dessert from Burkina Faso.
These flat cakes are dominated by their pineapple taste.
And while you might be used to baking your cakes, this recipe calls for frying the dough.All you need is some powdered sugar on top, and you’ll be biting into this recipe.
Mandazi (East Africa)
On the outside, this East African treat looks like it would be savory, but it’s not.
Fried to golden perfection, this dessert is mostly made of sugar, coconut milk, and a dash of cardamom.
The bulk of the process goes into making a dough and shaping them into triangles.
Once the base is perfect, the frying can begin.
But before you get there, make sure to read up on the recipe at Tasty.
Malva Pudding (South Africa)
We’re now down in South Africa with their Malva Pudding baked dessert.
Like many of the other recipes on this list, you’ll find the classic baking ingredients like sugar, flour, and eggs.
What really adds the unique flavor to this recipe is the apricot jam.And to bring this recipe together, find out how to make the delicious complimentary sauce here.
Koeksister (South Africa)
Koeksisters are everything you want in a dessert.
This South African treat is sticky, sweet, and crunchy all in one.
And we can’t forget that it’s literally covered in syrup.
Only a few ingredients are needed to bring the Koeksister’s recipe to life, and they include vanilla soy milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Injera (Ethiopia, Yemen, & Somalia)
Injera is one recipe that is known in a few African countries including Ethiopia, Yemen, and more.
This recipe could be considered a sweet flat bread.
It is often filled with jam or sweet fruits.
Whether warm or cool, this delicious recipe brings the sweet fruit and brown sugar tastes to the forefront.To try the dessert yourself, The Daring Gourmet has a delicious recipe.
Cornes De Gazelle (Morocco)
We’re staying in Northern Africa for this next recipe.
Cornes de Gazelle is another popular dessert from Morocco.
We’re adding a new set of flavors with this treat.
With a strong orange flavor that comes from orange blossom water and zest, it is paired perfectly with cinnamon.
The New York Times offers their own ingredient for this Moroccan dessert.
Beignets De Bananes (Central African Republic)
Also called banana fritters, this dish hails from the Central African Republic.
As one can probably guess, the main ingredient in this dessert is bananas, but International Cuisine mentions a touch of lime to really bring the flavors out.
You can find their recipe here.
Halwa is a Somali food that is often associated with celebrations.
There aren’t many ingredients that go into this recipe.
And even the majority of them are herbs and spices.
With brown sugar, gloves, cardamom, and saffron powder, you can recreate this dessert from My Somali Food.
Rice Bread (Liberia)
If you’re hungry and want a quick snack, Liberian rice bread is something that you could probably make now.
Very similar to banana bread, the bulk of the recipe is banana and cream of rice.
To find out what else you need to make this recipe yourself, check out International Cuisine’s recipe.
We’re bringing another vegan dessert this time from Tanzania.
This dessert is another one in the peanut brittle family although this particular delicacy has coconut in it.
A big part of Swahili culture and cuisine, this dessert can be found all over the continent as well.Check out Arousing Appetite’s recipe on Kashata, or coconut peanut brittle.
We’re almost at the end of the list and we’re still introducing new flavors.
Mbatata is a popular dessert from Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa.
While this is the cultural name, you might also hear many refer to them as sweet potato cookies.
In addition to sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and raisins, find out what else you need to make this treat from Curious Cuisiniere.
Kunafeh is a popular dessert in Northeast Africa.
It’s also a popular dessert to have during Ramadan for the millions of Muslims around the world.
This cheese cream filled dough has the taste of oranges and cardamom alongside a citrus flavored syrup.
For a guide to making this treat, check out Taste Atlas.
Caakiri (Western Africa)
If you’re in the mood for some pudding, you might try caakiri – or what many know as a couscous pudding.
All you need are a few ingredients and about 20 minutes.
With couscous, yogurt, sugar, and more, this pudding recipe will be just the sweetness and consistency you’re looking for.
Melktert (South Africa)
We’re back in South Africa for some melktert.
This recipe calls for graham cracker crusts, sugar, cinnamon, and more.
As long as you have your ingredients on hand, this recipe only requires 15 minutes of your time and you can find the ingredient here.
We’re back in Morocco for their chebakia – a sesame cookie.
This is often looked at as a special treat reserved for special occasions and Ramadan.
The Spruce Eats offers an easy recipe for how to make this flower shaped treat.
Goulabjamoun or gulab jamun is a sweet dumpling or donut from Zambia.
This recipe calls for two parts – the dough and the sweet syrup.
To try out this sweet, dried milk-based dessert, check out Cook with Manali.
Top African Desserts Conclusion
There are tons of desserts hailing from the 54 countries of Africa.
So in a sense, we’re just scraping the surface, but these are some of the best and most popular dishes around the continent.
From popular flavors like coconut, peanuts, citrus, and pineapple, which dessert are you most interested in trying?