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I recently made some Nonya and Chinese kuehs (a local name for desserts or cakes), like the local favourite sesame ball (jian dui) and ang ku kueh and I wasn’t for the idea of using store bought pastes. So I started making my own pastes and this peanut paste is amazingly simple to make, just two ingredients, with an option to add sugar.

peanut paste

This peanut paste has peanuts that is coarsely chopped (using a food processor) and added a few tablespoons of peanut butter to make the chopped peanuts bind together. I was gifted with the Manilife Deep Roast smooth peanut butter which is perfect as there is no added sugar nor palm oil, and it’s vegetarian and vegan friendly. As some of you, my friends, have read that my family is really picky about the amount of sugar and salt added to our diet, and my mummy has the three highs, thus I always consider them whenever I cook to make sure I feed them with healthy low sugar food. As you know, peanuts are a great natural source of arginine, which is a type of amino acid that may help to prevent heart and vascular disease by promoting good blood vessel function.

For dessert lovers with a sweet tooth, you can of course add on sugar as you wish.


Recipes using this peanut paste

This peanut paste is really versatile. I’ve used it to make jian dui, also known as Chinese crispy sesame balls, ang ku kueh, sweet rice dumplings (which is tang yuan).

As the peanut paste can be kept in the fridge for about two weeks, there are many other options to use it, such as using it on cakes or spreading it on toast, although it’s a little too thick and coarse to use as peanut butter.

sesame ball

Check out other paste filling recipes

Check out my other paste filling recipes, many of these are made with Monk fruit or Stevia sweetener, making them a healthier snack version from the original recipe:

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2-Ingredient Peanut Paste Filling for Ang Ku Kueh 自制花生馅

Try out this quick and easy to make 2-ingredient peanut paste filling for ang ku kueh, crispy sesame ball (jian dui), sweet rice dumplings (tang yuan) or any cakes. No sugar added in this recipe and you have full control on whether or how much sugar you want to add. Absolutely healthy and yummy!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course condiment, Dessert, Snack, vegetarian
Cuisine asian, Chinese
Servings 4 persons
Calories 600 kcal


  • 180 g peanuts
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • Optional: sugar season to taste


  • Place peanuts in a food processor.
    180 g peanuts
    grind peanuts
  • Pulse to chop the peanuts into rough bits. The fineness of the peanuts is according to your preference.
  • Add the peanut butter into the food processor and pulse briefly to mix well.
    Optional to add sugar, season to taste.
    3 tbsp peanut butter, Optional: sugar
    add peanut butter
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
    peanut paste



Yields about 200g of peanut paste.
This peanut paste can be used as filling for ang ku kueh, sweet rice dumplings (tang yuan), sesame ball (jian dui) or cake filling. 


Calories: 600kcal
Keyword ang ku kueh, asian cuisine, jian dui, peanut, peanut filling, sesame ball, southeast asian cuisine
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