Hello folks! How has your week been so far? We do hope you have been travelling with us on our food adventure around Africa and trust that you loved the dishes you’ve tried.
This weekend, our culinary senses take us to the only Spanish speaking country in Africa, and to its oil-rich capital city, Malabo. Once known as Port Clarence when the Spanish leased the country to the Brits, it was renamed Malabo in 1973. To see more history, activities and events in this city, click here.
Our recipe for today is a favourite in the country. It is known to the locals as Akwadu but to others, we can call it an African Banana Coconut bake.

So if you are ready to get munching, let’s get cooking.


4 bananas or plantains

1 cup shredded coconut

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup brown sugar

3 tbsp melted butter

2 lemons, squeezed



Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the back of the bananas (or if you are using plantains, keep the skin on).

Cut the bananas into thick slices and arrange in a baking dish. Pour the butter over the bananas then add the orange juice and squeeze the lemons in there too.

As much of a sweet tooth as you are, sprinkle the sugar over the mix in the tray before adding the shredded coconut.

Allow to bake for ten minutes (if you are using plantains with the skin on, bake for twenty minutes) then bring out and drizzle honey over it.

Put back in the oven and set to grill for about two minutes (if plantains, five minutes) until it browns at the top.


Do you have another method of preparing this or do you have a recipe you will like to share with us? let us know at the comment box below


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Udochi Anyogu
Yuddie is a lover of life, travel and food. She sources information on recipes from around Africa and shares it with the world.
Udochi Anyogu
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