Puff Puff Sticks – Healthy Puff-Puff Recipe

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I have a confession, I am one of those people that squeeze out the oil in puff puff; I usually cannot bring myself to consume all that oil. So I thought, how can I make puff puff fitfam approved and still maintain the taste & texture?Β  A light-bulb went off and puff-puff sticks were born. If you eat puffpuff for the taste & texture, this recipe is for you. if you eat puff puff because you like the grease, by all means deep fry using our traditional recipe.

I finished the sticks off with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and honey drizzle. Serve with hot Milo or Hot chocolate as you open up christmas presents, go right ahead and dunk them.


  1. 1 + 1/4 cups flour (157 grams)
  2. 1 teaspoon quick rise yeast
  3. 1/4 cup sugar (50 grams)
  4. 1 cup lukewarm water
  5. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients until you have a smooth paste. Batter should be thick and smooth with a couple of bubbles.
  • Cover the mixture with a table cloth. Set aside in a warm place for 45 minutes . The batter will be double its original size when ready

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  • Set a large frying pan on low-medium heat, add in the oil. When the oil is hot, pour in the batter. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly. Cook until bubble appear on top then flip and cook on the other side

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  • use a sharp knife to cut the puff puff into long sticks, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Serve warm.


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Recipe Innovations & Modifications:

  • Puff Puff Waffles: If you have a waffle maker, you can pour the batter in and cook according to pan instructions. Viola!
  • Puff Puff Toast : Do you have a sandwich Toaster? grease it with a little oil, pour the batter in and watch the miracle happen.

Do let me know if you innovate something fun!

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By |December 18th, 2014|51 Comments


  1. Bee January 5, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I just tried this but it’s still raw inside πŸ™ I used low to medium heat and still have it on heat hoping it cooks but it’s over 30 mins now and it’s just the back browning up. Any ideas what I’ve done wrong?

  2. Vicky October 26, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke,

    How many calories for this puff puff stick reciple?

    I am a sucker for puff puff so I would just like to have an idea how many calories I’ll be ingesting following your recipe.

  3. ESTHER September 20, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply


  4. Mercy September 7, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Wow.. you are sooo creative! My husband likes puff puff but the oil terrifies me. This is finally going to be a win-win. Wish I found this like 2hrs ago because I just finished frying the regular puff for “le hubs”. Will definitely be doing this soon. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Awesome! let me know how it turns out.

  5. ruth July 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I will like to know about puff making because a business idea is rolling in my head and I want to know more so I can have a lot of customers.

  6. Bee February 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    So, your website has been my go-to site for recipes for years. I’ve never commented but I can’t keep quiet this time. This is absolutely genius! I’ve always avoided puff-puff because of the oil. I just made this and now I can’t stop eating it! I’m trying to leave some for my husband to eat when he gets home from work but I’m not sure I can! Simply amazing!

    You are doing a great job with this site. Every time I’m cooking and my mother is near me, I’m always saying “Ronke said…” She’s always like who’s this Ronke sef, lol. Thank you!!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 14, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Awww!! Thank you for following me on the journey and bringing me into your kitchen. I know what you mean about the puff puff sticks. They are absolutely delicious. Thank you for your comment!! Comments like these make my day and give me strength to keep going.

  7. zee August 26, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Hi been looking for a while but now want to try new recipes so will try this! lol! Is the wheat flour used to make Naija wheat swallow the same as whole meal wheat? I want to use that. thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 26, 2015 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      yes. You just have to make sure it’s in fine powder form, just like regular flour.

  8. Victoria August 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Hi, first I want to thank you for your great recipes! My partner is glad I can finally cook Nigerian food! For this recipe, can I use baking soda instead of yeast?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 10, 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Victoria. Unfortunately not, baking soda cannot be substituted.

  9. Erumusele July 23, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    wow just make too more sense!

  10. helen July 21, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Pls can i bake mine?

  11. Ezinne June 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Wow. I made it immediately i read this post.
    I made mine even healthier by using whole wheat and 20g of sugar.
    My kid and I loved it

  12. mary ujagbor April 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks for making puff puff healthy I rock

  13. Adaeze April 1, 2015 at 5:35 am - Reply

    I tried it and I can only say one thing which is yummy

  14. Asmau March 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    i tried this recipe it tastes exactly the same as the deep fried puff puff(shock face) thank you for a healthier version of puff puff :). you are a life saver. p.s i love your recipes :)))

  15. Anoti February 4, 2015 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    I didnt even cut it or anythng oo.. Na circle like dat i dey chop am.. As in oile-less puff puff,now dats d ISH

  16. Anoti February 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Craving baked stuff, i m bout to try dis…#washeshands: lets stary

  17. Emem February 4, 2015 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Can i use the ‘ready to use’ puff puff mix sold in nigerian stores?

  18. biola February 1, 2015 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Nice! I am definitely trying this…

  19. Sarah January 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to try this! Did you use plain flour or self raising? Thanks

  20. Linda January 27, 2015 at 3:30 am - Reply

    I made it and it was delicious! It tasted just like regular puff puff!
    Also, my apartment doesn’t smell like oil for days.
    Big thumbs up! πŸ™‚

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 27, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

      That is excellent feedback Linda, glad you enjoyed it.

  21. cabke January 22, 2015 at 1:14 am - Reply

    What sause do you have on the pics there? Looks just as interesting as the …erm is it still ok to call it puff puff? Lol

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 22, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

      it’s honey. yes, it’s still puff puff. the fluffy center is created by the reaction of yeast in the batter not the deep frying process.

  22. Melody T. December 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Wow, this was great hit when I made it, thank you! And you are right, it also doubles as a great Milo/Hot Cocoa dunker.

  23. famstar December 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Wow,beyond comment.Wil serve as a nice breakfast with hot chocolate.Thank you Naija foodie!

  24. oyinda December 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    This looks awesome….I’m going to give this a try. Do u think the same can be done for the Nigerian masa recipe you put up?

  25. nelo December 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Will defo try this over xmas thanks for the idea

  26. Tamara December 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Amazing!! will try this tomorrow

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      awesome! let me know how it turns out.

  27. Adeola December 18, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Wonderful. I have been thinking of a way to make puff puff without so much oil. Thanks darling. I would try it this weekend

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 19, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Awesome! let me know how it turns out.

  28. Florence December 18, 2014 at 8:24 am - Reply

    This is Genius! Ah wow. Good job sis

  29. Tunmi December 18, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

    THIS IS BRILLIANT!!!! applause, applause…I am on the hunt for your twitter and Instagram. Goodbye biscotti

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