7 Vegetarian African Breakfasts You Can Try This Week

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Vegetarian African Breakfasts recipes

Who doesn’t like to start their day with a scrumptious vegetarian-friendly breakfast? Cue the vast African continent with all its rich flavors and interesting recipes! Where to begin? 

Here is a list of seven delicious sweet and savory vegetarian African breakfasts that will delight your taste buds from Monday till Sunday this week! 

Monday: Tunisian Farka Vegetarian Breakfast of North Africa

Tunisian Farka

Located in the North of Africa, Tunisia is known for many things and one of them is its use of the couscous in food. While most people would assume couscous to be eaten with savory lunch or dinner dishes the Tunisians love to eat it with their breakfast too.

Their secret is to mix it with spice and honey-infused boiled milk which gives it a delightful creamy comforting flavor. For an added nutritional layer they include some chopped dates and almonds too. 

What you’ll need

  • Couscous
  • Vegetable oil
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Almonds
  • Dates 
  • Cinnamon/Ginger/Cardamom

For a quick under 30 minute breakfast for two try Saffron Trail’s Tunisian Breakfast Porridge recipe. This recipe is adaptable for stovetop or pressure cooking if you need a no-fuss breakfast.


Tuesday: West African Puff Puff Breakfast Recipe

West African Puff Puff  Breakfast Recipe

Originating in West Africa these deep-fried dough balls rolled in sugar are enjoyed throughout the day. However, if you like a good sugar rush in the morning as the Cameroonians do then make yourself some Puff Puffs for breakfast today!

Although traditionally rolled only in sugar many versions mix sugar with spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg for a more aromatic taste.

What you’ll need

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Warm water
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sugar

For an original Puff Puff recipe and other tasty Puff Puff variations give the Immaculate Bites recipe a go. Be warned this recipe is seriously yummy!


Wednesday: Nigerian Akamu Recipe

Nigerian Akamu Recipe

This creamy maize-based breakfast porridge is loved in Nigeria and many other African countries. The quintessential flavor of this breakfast is the mixture of the sour corn starch and the creamy milk topped with sugar. 

Although, seemingly easy to make it might take some practice attempts to find your preferred porridge consistency.

What you’ll need

  • Wet corn starch or regular corn flour
  • Water
  • Evaporated milk
  • Sugar

Let All Nigerian Recipes guide you with their simple Akamu recipe. It has some excellent tips on how to get the porridge consistency right the first time. 


Thursday: South African Crunchies Breakfast Recipe

South African Crunchies Breakfast Recipe

Do you like granola or breakfast type bars? If you do, then the South African crunchie biscuit is for you!

Not just a simple oat cookie, the Crunchie is a flavor explosion in your mouth! With just the right combination of buttery salty and sweet ingredients to compliment your morning coffee.  

What you’ll need

  • Oats
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Cake flour
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Milk
  • Salt

For the real deal try Food & Home traditional South African oat Crunchie recipe and enjoy every bite!


Friday: Ethopian Chechebsa Recipe

Ethopian Chechebsa

In Ethiopia, your morning might begin with this delicious shredded flatbread soaked in spiced butter recipe. Some people prefer to keep the flatbread known as a Kita whole and eat it like a pizza, too!

Either way, serve it with a nice chai tea or a cup of coffee to start your day as the Ethopian’s do.

What you’ll need

  • Oil
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Niter kibbeh
  • Berber 

Vickie Parks of Just Pinch recipes will have you cooking up this tasty Chechebsa recipe in no time! 


Saturday: South African Pampoenkoekies

South African Pampoenkoekies

Hailing from South Africa, this unique kind of fritter is made from pumpkins (pampoen) drizzled in caramel sauce. The batter is light due to the addition of baking powder which gives the fritter a melt in your mouth quality. 

Depending on your mood you can omit the caramel sauce and serve these savoury freshly fried from the pan. 

What you’ll need

  • Pumpkin
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Egg
  • Oil
  • Heavy cream (optional)
  • Butter (optional)
  • Corn syrup (optional)

Try 196Flavors.com Pampoenkoekie recipe for a South African reviewed and verified recipe that’s easy to follow. It’s the closest thing to having a local make it for you!


Sunday: Tanzanian Vitumbua

Tanzanian Vitumbua

If you love anything coconut then this Tanzanian vegan coconut doughnut dish is made for you!

Since Tanzania is on the old spice route these coconut doughnuts really emphasize the mix of Indian, European and African cultures unique to this beautiful East African coastal country.

What you’ll need

  • Rice Flour
  • Plain Flour
  • Full-Fat coconut milk
  • Caster sugar
  • Yeast
  • Oil
  • Cardamom
  • Vanilla essence
  • salt
  • icing sugar

For an easy to follow recipe try Sanjanafeasts Vegan Quick & Fluffy Vitumbua recipe. She recommends that you cook your Vitumbua in a non-stick rather than steel pan for the best results. 

There you go! A mouth-watering vegetarian African inspired breakfast recipe for every day of the week. 

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