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.
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.
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:
- Mung Bean Paste Filling (Sugar-Free) 无糖绿豆蓉
- Chestnut Paste 甘栗馅
- Pandan Coconut Filling for Nonya Kueh and Breads 香兰炒椰丝
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2-Ingredient Peanut Paste Filling for Ang Ku Kueh 自制花生馅
- 180 g peanuts
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- Optional: sugar season to taste
- Place peanuts in a food processor.180 g 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
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.