25 African Breakfast Food Recipes

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Are you on the lookout for some amazing new breakfast recipes to try? How about some authentic African Breakfast Food Recipes? Whether you regularly cook African cuisine or you’re simply curious to try something new, you’ve come to the right place!

Collage of four African breakfast food recipes including twisted doughnuts and fruit salad.

Here, you’ll find a range of delicious and tried-and-true recipes that are sure to hit the spot every time. You can rest assured that these recipes are both traditional and flavorful while still being easy to prepare, even for those who are new to African food.

Africa is the world’s second-largest continent and is home to 54 countries with diverse cuisines and traditions, resulting in a versatile selection of recipes on this list! From sweet breakfast pastries to savory egg dishes and much more, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

So, whether you want a simple recipe to begin your day or you want to prepare a special dish for your loved ones, you will find some excellent ideas here.

Take a look below to find your new favorite African breakfast food recipe that you will want to make over and over!

1. Fried Potatoes and Eggs

You’ll love recipe for making an omelet which contains a decent amount of vegetables that’s not overpowering! Also, check how to make easy potato fries from scratch or you can make it simple by making Frozen Fries In an Air Fryer.

Fries and omelette for breakfast with some avocado.
Breakfast fried potatoes and eggs

Fried Potatoes and Eggs Breakfast Recipe (+VIDEO)

5 from 1 vote
Fried potatoes and eggs breakfast recipe consists of African style french fries and omelette. It is so filling that you could equally make it for dinner. It is one of my favorite breakfasts ever! Watch the video to see how I make this! Feeds two hungry people or could stretch to four smaller servings.
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2. Puff Puff

Puff Puff is a common West and Central African breakfast food. You can easily make them at home by following the recipe below. They are the perfect accompaniment for tea, hot coffee or Iced Coffee.

Puff Puff on a white tray.
Puff Puff on a white tray.

How To Make Puff Puff

5 from 28 votes
After making Puff Puff countless times in the past 10 years, let me teach you how to make the perfect Puff Puff. This West African snack will be your new favorite. Fluffy, slightly sweet, great flavor and the perfect breakfast or appetizer. Don't miss the recipe video.
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3. Sweet Fried Plantains

Sweet fried plantains are easily one of the easiest side dishes to fall in love with. It’s the sweetness, the chewy texture and those crispy edges that are hard to resist. Pair these plantains with scrambled eggs, bacon, and some fruits, and you have an African breakfast for champions!

Sweet fried plantains placed on paper towels.
Sweet fried plantains placed on paper towel

Sweet Fried Plantains

5 from 2 votes
How to make the perfect sweet fried plantains. Sweet fried plantains are a real treat! Sweet, tender, so good, and so easy to make in only 15 minutes!
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4. Tropical Fruit Salad

Bright, fresh, springy, summery salad which will transport you to the tropics. Also great for meal prepping!

Tropical fruit salad in a white oval serving bowl.
Tropical fruit salad in a serving bowl.

Tropical Fruit Salad

5 from 2 votes
Tropical fruit Salad is sweet, fruity, so refreshing with amazing tropical flavors. The perfect salad for summer snacking or entertaining.
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5. Mandazi

These are irresistible East African breakfast doughnuts, perfect for pairing with chai tea. Other kinds of tea you can enjoy Mandazi with are Ginger Drink and Honey Lemon Tea.

Mandazi on a brown serving platter.
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Mandazi (East African Doughnuts)

5 from 1 vote
East African doughnuts with a slightly crunchy exterior and light fluffy interior. Sweet but not too sweet. Perfect for pairing with tea or coffee. This is one treat you'll want to make over and over again.
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6. Vitumbua

Made from rice and completely gluten-free, you’ll love in love with the taste and texture of these East African coconut rice pancakes. They are soft, fluffy and not too sweet as you’ll find most African breakfast food recipes are.

White tray of Vitumbua.
Tray of Vitumbua

Vitumbua – East African Coconut Rice Pancakes

5 from 4 votes
These East African Coconut Rice Pancakes are so fluffy, flavorful, and perfect with a drizzle of syrup, honey, or can be eaten with a dusting of sugar. The perfect breakfast or snack!
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7. Pap

Fermented foods are great for your gut and this fermented corn porridge known as pap, ogi, or akamu is one to try in one’s lifetime. It is smooth and creamy like a custard, comfort food at its finest. You can make it from scratch as the recipe below stipulates, or you can buy the powder from an African market and cook it like you would cook a custard.

Fermented corn porridge in a wooden bowl.
Wooden bowl of pap - corn porridge.

How To Make Pap (Fermented Corn Porridge) From Scratch

5 from 1 vote
How to make pap, a corn porridge typically eaten in Cameroon and Nigeria. Instead of using whole corn as is traditionally used, I use corn flour in this recipe and the results are epic. It is authentic, slightly tangy and so comforting. I love having this for breakfast or a quick dinner. Divine!
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8. Plantain Frittata

A recipe creatively made using a beloved West African ingredient, plantains. Tired of your usual egg casserole? Make this plantain frittata instead, which combines sweet plantains, eggs, and meaty sausages.

A triangular slice of Plantain Frittata on a white plate.
Baked Plantain Frittata

Plantain Frittata

5 from 2 votes
This plantain frittata is the ultimate plantain and egg breakfast recipe. The sweetness of the plantains pairs so well with the savoriness of the eggs and other ingredients. You’ll want to make this over and over again!
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9. African Twisted Doughnuts

There’s just something about deep fried dough and these homemade twisted doughnuts are hard to resist. They are fluffy, sweet and great alongside your favorite breakfast drink.

Hand grabbing a twisted African doughnut from a platter of doughnuts.
African doughnuts recipe

African Doughnuts – Twisted Doughnuts

5 from 11 votes
These African doughnuts are soft, pillowy, fluffy on the outside with incredible flavor! Perfect for snacking, breakfast or entertaining. And the twists are such fun shapes. Enjoy, friends!
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10. Banana Fritters

In less than 30 minutes, you can make these banana fritters, which are a great way to use up overripe bananas. The recipe is really easy and not intimidating at all.

Banana fritters on a platter lined with paper towels.
Banana fritters on a platter with one opened up to show texture

Banana Fritters

5 from 10 votes
These banana fritters are the perfect way to use up your overripe bananas. They are sweet, but not overly sweet as they do not contain any added sugar. They are soft, fluffy with a rich flavor from the bananas. Enjoy for breakfast, snack time or dessert. They pair well with tea or coffee!
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11. Plantain Pancakes

Overripe plantains transform into soft fluffy pancakes. And you can waffle the batter too!

Plantain pancakes and plantain waffles on a serving plate.
plantain pancakes and plantain waffles on a serving plate

Plantain Pancakes

5 from 1 vote
Plantain pancakes made with ultra sweet plantains need no added sugar because the sweetness from the plantains is enough! They are slightly sweet, with a hint of cinnamon and amazing plantain flavor. These pancakes are perfect for breakfast, brunch, snacking or breakfast-for dinner.
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12. Cameroon Banana Cake

The banana cake I grew up eating is still one of my favorite baked goods from banana. Not too sweet so you get to savor all the lovely flavors. Also makes a great snack!

Cameroon banana cakes on a white plate, one missing a bite.
Cameroon banana cake recipe - the best

Cameroon Banana Cake Recipe

5 from 5 votes
This is Cameroon Banana cake as I enjoyed while growing up. It is great for snacking, breakfast, parties or for entertaining guests. It is also a great way to use up overripe bananas. Hope you enjoy this recipe!
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13. Spaghetti Omelette

Spice up your omelette routine by trying this hearty spaghetti omelette. A staple sold in small breakfast restaurants on the streets of Cameroon.

Spaghetti Omelette or Spaghetti Frittata on a white plate.
Spaghetti Omelette Recipe

Spaghetti Omelette

4.67 from 3 votes
This spaghetti omelette is the kind of breakfast I dream of having every morning. Loaded with all the nutrients, fresh, filling and insanely delicious! I grew up eating this spaghetti omelette occasionally from cafeterias in Cameroon. It was always such a special treat! And it is even better when made at home because you can customize to add other veggies/proteins you like. Some may refer to this as a spaghetti frittata. It is quite close to a frittata. Enjoy this African Breakfast Recipe!
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14. Ginger Drink 

Ginger is good for you and it tastes really delicious too! This Ginger drink is reminiscent of a drink my mom used to make for us in my childhood. Gingery and sweetened to taste with your favorite sweetener.

A white mug of ginger drink.
A mug of fresh ginger drink with some ginger and key limes on the side

Ginger Drink

4.94 from 16 votes
Ginger Drink is a great detox and immunity-boosting drink plus it tastes great and it is easy to make!
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15. Cameroonian Pancakes

These pancakes are similar to crepes and they are so good with different fillings or toppings of your choice.

Cameroonian pancakes rolled on a white plate.
Cameroonian pancakes rolled on a white plate.

Cameroonian Pancakes

5 from 5 votes
How to make Cameroonian pancakes. These are like crepes by sightly thicker than crepes. They come together in no time! This is the perfect breakfast recipe. Enjoy!
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16. Plantain Puff Puff

Plantain Puff Puff is a variation of the base recipe of Puff Puff, made with sweet ripe plantains and no added sugar.

Basket of plantain puff puff.
Plantain puff puffs on a white plate.

Plantain Puff Puff Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Puff Puff is a popular African street food that is insanely tasty. This version is made with overripe plantains. It is a great way to use up overripe plantains. I must say here that it is slightly addicting. I had to stop my kids from consuming too much. They didn’t want to stop eating. It may happen to you too.
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17. Savory French Toast

Yes, French toast doesn’t always have to be sweet. You can make it savory and pair with your favorite sides.

Savory French Toast served with Ketchup and vegetables.
Savory French Toast recipe

Savory French Toast

5 from 3 votes
My mother’s recipe for Savory French Toast. This Savory French Toast is made without milk. It is a very easy french toast recipe with minimal ingredients yet so tasty! Enjoy!
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18. Pineapple Ginger Juice

You do not need a juicer to make this refreshing pineapple ginger juice.

A mason jar of pineapple ginger juice decorated with a half moon lemon slice.
African Pineapple Ginger Juice

Pineapple Ginger Juice

5 from 2 votes
This Pineapple Ginger Juice is such a refreshing drink, especially during hot summer months. The fruitiness of the pineapple and the spicy gingery taste are such a winning combo. To make things even better, there’s some lemon juice inside. AND the juice is ready in no time. Quench your thirst with this one.
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19. Cameroon Doughnuts

These drop doughnuts are ready in less than 30 minutes and so good with hot coffee!

 Cameroonian drop doughnuts on white parchment paper.
Pick one!
Cameroon doughnuts recipe

Cameroon Doughnuts Recipe

4.91 from 10 votes
How to make perfect Cameroonian drop doughnuts. They come together in only 30 minutes!
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20. Plantain Cake

Yes, you can bake plantains into a cake. So so good!

Sliced plantain bundt cake on a plate.
Slice of plantain cake on speckled plate

Plantain Cake

4.75 from 4 votes
Exceptional Plantain Cake made with overripe plantains. This scrumptious plantain dessert will become a regular at your table. Simple enough for breakfast and elegant enough ton serve when receiving guests. This recipe makes at least 10 servings so there is enough to go round!
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21. Cameroonian Fruit Salad

Fresh, satisfying, and bound to become your new favorite salad.

Cameroonian fruit salad in a white serving bowl.
Bowl of Cameroonian fruit salad.

Cameroonian Fruit Salad (Video Recipe)

5 from 4 votes
Fruit salad made with fruits readily found in Cameroon. Fresh, juicy, fruity, sweet and so good!
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22. Beignets Soufflés

A beignet soufflé is similar to a Southern hush puppy but it tastes like a doughnut with crispy edges. You’ll learn how to make them to be just like the ones in African bakeries.

Cameroonian Beignets Soufflés on paper towels in a bowl.
Three beignets souffles on a small plate.

Beignets Souffles

5 from 5 votes
I loved buying beignets souffles from bakeries back home in Cameroon. It has a crunchy exterior, the inside tastes like cake. It is good with coffee or tea. Enjoy, friends!
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23. Cameroonian Fish Rolls

Like an egg roll but with a savory fish filling that is flavorful and so good!

Plate and basket of Cameroonian fish rolls.
Plate and basket of Cameroonian fish rolls.

Cameroonian Fish Rolls : The Best Recipe

4.67 from 6 votes
This is the ultimate Camerooniuan fish roll recipe. It is crispy on the outside and fish filling is so flavourful. Enjoy the recipe!
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24. Cameroonian Fish Pie

They are like empanadas but they are made with a tasty fish filling.

Fish pies on a white background.
Cameroonian fish pies - Precious Core

Cameroonian Fish Pie (Video Recipe)

4.50 from 6 votes
This pie consists of a flaky crust and it is filled with the most flavourful fish filling.
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25. Accra Beans

These protein-heavy fritters made out of black-eyed peas are crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Also known as Akara, they are perfect for serving with Pap and make a great replacement for animal protein in a sandwich.

Accra beans on a wooden board.

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About Precious

Welcome to my core! I am Precious Nkeih, the recipe developer and writer right here on my blog, Precious Core. My goal is to show you insanely delicious recipes you can replicate in your kitchen. And I love to tell stories too. Hope you find recipes here that will make cooking easier for you! Check me out on YouTube at YouTube.com/PreciousKitchen.


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