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Gwate Recipe

Gwate is a traditional snack that originates from the Hausa tribe in Northern Nigeria. It is made from rice flour and spices and is often enjoyed with a hot cup of tea or as a snack on its own. Gwate is easy to make and can be customized to your taste preferences. In this recipe, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to make Gwate from scratch.


  • 2 cups of rice flour

  • 1/2 cup of sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup of water


  • Large mixing bowl

  • Wooden spoon or spatula

  • Baking sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Rolling pin

  • Cookie cutter


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well.

  3. Add the vegetable oil and water to the dry mixture and stir until a dough is formed.

  4. On a clean surface, sprinkle some rice flour and knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

  5. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

  6. Place the Gwate shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  7. Bake the Gwate in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

  8. Remove the Gwate from the oven and allow them to cool completely before serving.

Allergy Concerns: This recipe is gluten-free and can be made vegan by using a sugar substitute such as agave nectar or maple syrup instead of sugar. If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.

Calories Intake: Each Gwate shape contains approximately 80-100 calories.

Healthy Alternatives: To make this recipe even healthier, you can substitute the vegetable oil with a healthier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. You can also use a sugar substitute such as agave nectar or maple syrup instead of sugar.

Spicy Level: This recipe does not contain any spicy ingredients, but you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes if you prefer a spicier Gwate.

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We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your homemade Gwate snack!

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