Qumbe (East African Coconut Candy)


Recently I was planning an African-themed party, and I came across a recipe for a Somali snack by this name. The first version I tried was a little too sweet for me, and the consistency was all wrong for rolling into balls. I made some adjustments in the proportions, and this is the result. Yum!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
36 balls


  • 2 cups unsweetened grated coconut (Optional)

  • ½ cup coconut milk

  • 1 ⅓ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • ¼ cup unsweetened grated coconut, or as needed (Optional)


  1. Combine 2 cups grated coconut and coconut milk in a bowl until thoroughly mixed.

  2. Place sugar in a saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring frequently, until sugar is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in coconut mixture and almond flour until well combined; cool until easily handled.

  3. Roll coconut mixture into bite-size balls. Pour 1/4 cup grated coconut into a bowl and roll balls in coconut until coated. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

This tasty snack is gluten-free, but the almond meal could be switched out for flour (wheat, soy, whatever) if you can't eat nuts.

Coconut cream can be used in place of the coconut milk, if desired.

The mixture will be gooey, but it will probably still be easier to roll than you might expect. If it isn't, add more almond flour a little at a time till of rollable consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
18g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 116mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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