The Best Traditional Shuku Shuku Recipe

As many of you will know, shuku shuku is one of Nigeria’s most popular snacks.

This fluffy, delectable coconut ball will be a hit at any dinner party, and will even satisfy the palette of fussy kids.

Coconuts often don’t get the recognition they deserve. Not only are they bursting with flavour, they are also packed with nutrients and essential vitamins.

Coconuts are used in a variety of Nigerian dishes, but shuku shuku is where the coconut truly shines.

Coconuts grow in 22 of our 36 states, so making shuku shuku is a great way to support locally grown produce.

Shuku shuku has become internationally popular, and has even featured on several US television food shows.

The trick to making the perfect shuku shuku is to keep it simple. That’s why we found the simplest and most delicious shuku shuku recipe for you to enjoy.

Makes about 10 balls, depending on the size of the balls.


1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 large egg yolks
½ cup self-raising flour
¼ cup sugar
Optional: 1 teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon.


Pre-heat the oven to 180° Celcius.

Then, in a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs, flour, sugar and coconut flakes together. If you want to, you can add a teaspoon of nutmeg or cinnamon for added flavour.

Mix well until the mixture is properly combined.

Scoop a spoonful of the mixture into your hands and roll into bite-sized balls, then roll them in a bit of extra flour. Once you have made all the balls, lay them on a cookie tray (or any other baking tray) and bake in the oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until slightly golden.

Serve with powdered sugar, syrup or jam.

Image credit: Shuku Shuku (2017) [online image] sourced at on 7 July 2017