Corn and banana dumplings are a Benin meal that has been exported to and adapted in Cameroon. This is one of the possible recipes, as healthy as a fry-up could get 😉 with some adaptations for the gluten-free world as I tested this when I was on a gluten-free diet.


Ingredients (6 people)

  • 3 big (very) ripe bananas (or 5 medium)
  • 7 full spoons of corn flour
  • 3 full spoons of wheat or gluten free flour (rice, buckwheat, maize, potato starch or tapioca flour or even better but more expensive coconut flour)
  • 3 full spoons of sugar (NB : you can put more if you have a sweet tooth or want it as a sweet meal)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 spoonfulls of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Aroma : some vanilla or rhum (optional)
  • Oil for frying


  • Peal the bananas, cut them in chunks and mash them with a fork then whisk them into a paste.
  • Add the corn flour, the other flour, the backing powder, the eggs, the sugar dissolved in the water, whisking to obtain a nice paste
  • Cover and leave to rest for one to two hours.


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  • Put the frying oil in a suitable sauce pan and let the oil get warm.
  • Wet your hands (or two spoons) and use the tip of your fingers (or the spoons) to form small bowls
  • Carefully place/slide each bowl formed in the hot oil with
  • Let them fry until they are golden and turn them around.
  • Remove them from the oil with a skimmer and put them in a bowl with a kitchen towel on it to absorb the oil.
  • Serve as an apetiser, a snack, dessert or main meal, with a sweet or sour accompaniment.

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