Achomo/chin chin is a popular snack in West Africa. In Ghana, it is referred to as achomo/atsomo and in Nigeria it is referred to as chin chin. This snack is definitely addictive but due to its rich, deep fried nature it’s not the best in terms of health. This is why I made some small changes in order to make this recipe much healthier. Here is what I did:-
- I decided to bake the recipe instead of frying.
- I used whole wheat flour to add some fibre to the recipe which is important to aid digestion.
- I opted for a half plant- based fat source as I used half butter, for the rich flavour, and half coconut oil, for the reduced saturated fat content.
- Instead of whole milk, I used coconut milk.
- I used organic coconut sugar instead of highly processed white sugar.
Despite these changes, the achomo tasted just like the fried version but without too much guilt. Achomo is usually in a cube shaped but I decided to make them a bit quirkier and make them in the shape of a thin diamond. As this snack still contains quite a lot of sugar, it is recommended that you eat it in small portions. Without further ado, here is the recipe!
QUIRKY BAKED WHOLE WHEAT ACHOMO (CHIN CHIN)
- 380 g whole wheat flour
- 75 g butter (melted)
- 75 g coconut oil (melted)
- 115 g coconut sugar
- 78 ml coconut milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Preheat your oven to 180*C.
- Mix all your wet ingredients together in one bowl then mix all your dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine till a ball is formed.
- Roll out on a floured surface with a rolling pin and with a knife/pizza cutter, cut out your diamond/square shapes.
- Separate each diamond and lay them out on a baking tray lined with parchment paper/foil and place in the oven for 25 minutes. Broil for 2-5 minutes afterwards until golden brown. Leave to cool for 30 minutes and enjoy!