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Qumbe (East African Coconut Candy)

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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45 m servings 280
Original recipe yields 12 servings (36 balls)


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  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; 18.4 28.8 3.6 0 8 Full nutrition

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Pretty tasty and fairly easy to make. I might try toasting the coconut used for coating the outsides. Watch your temperature for step 2, it'll sneak up on you. Use wet hands to form the balls. T...

Very good! I mixed the Almond flour in with the coconut and coconut milk and then added the entire mixture to the sauce pan with the melted sugar. make sure you add the coconut mixture to the p...