Qumbe (East African Coconut Candy)

Qumbe (East African Coconut Candy)

Annie Douglass Lima

"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 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 280 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 18.4 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.8g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 8 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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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  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.

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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...

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