Happy National Peanut Day! To celebrate this wondrous legume (raise your hand if you were today years old when you found out peanuts weren’t actually nuts but legumes), we’ve collected some delicious sweet and savory recipes from around the world! Between crunchy snacks & noodle toppings, and creamy sauces, stew & curry bases, who knew peanuts could be so versatile? Pick your favorite vegan peanut recipe off our list and enjoy!
Sweet Vegan Peanut Recipes
We kick off today’s list with a simple 5-ingredient vegan peanut recipe for a delicious crunchy Congolese snack that is traditionally sold as street food, but has been veganized & adapted to a home kitchen by Murielle, so you can enjoy this comforting treat from the comfort of your home!
Who doesn’t love a snack that’s crispy and crunchy on the outside, yet soft and chewy on the inside? These Chinese sesame balls with double peanut filling are just that! Made with gluten-free glutinous rice flour and filled with peanuts, maple syrup, and peanut butter, they are fried to golden brown and packed with aromatic sesame seeds.
This vegan peanut recipe is a hit in Korean bakeries! Soboro Ppang is a soft and sweet yeast bun topped with a crumbly peanut butter streusel topping. Yum!
Looking for easy & healthy dessert ideas? This vegan peanut butter recipe is for you! Imagine soft and chewy Medjool dates stuffed with creamy peanut butter and drizzled with chocolate… And the rest of the toppings are up to you!
Koba Ravina is a snack dish that is traditional in Madagascar. It’s made from ground peanuts, brown sugar, and rice flour, and flavored with vanilla – a real natural resource of Madagascar. It’s a popular street food that you can now make at home with this vegan peanut recipe by 196 Flavors!
Peanut brittle has a lot of cousins in different cuisines of the world, and this vegan peanut recipe is one of them! These Jamaican peanut drops are a delicious sweet snack that’s made with turbinado sugar. Side note: peanut drops have their own close relatives – Jamaican coconut drops, which we featured as one of the 33 Ways to Cook with Coconuts!
Peanut punch is a beverage popular in the Caribbean that’s made with peanut butter, milk, sugar, and spices. This vegan peanut recipe is a rich, creamy, and unique version of the Trini peanut punch, using oat milk as a base and ackee fruit for an extra flavor punch (pun intended).
Savory Vegan Peanut Recipes
Chinese boiled peanuts are a wonderful healthy dish that’s served as a snack or appetizer before a meal. It’s easy to make, requires few ingredients, and gets its flavor from a delicate mix of Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, bay leaves, and star anise.
We agree with Girija of Kitchen Archives when she says “when peanuts are coated with aromatic spices and deep-fried, they become irresistible”! This is another vegan peanut recipe on today’s list that’s a popular street food – and it’ll surely take your palate on a journey to India.
The best part about this South Indian vegan peanut recipe is its perfect combination of the sweet & nutty flavors of peanuts, the spice & heat of green chilies, and the umami flavor of chana dal. If you’re a fan of Indian food (and peanuts), we bet you’ll love this creamy, wholesome, naturally vegan chutney!
This Taiwanese-inspired noodle recipe is really easy to make, requires simple ingredients, and is highly customizable in terms of toppings. Don’t skip the rich peanut and sesame sauce, though, because it’s so good you don’t even need any toppings – just douse your noodles in it, and enjoy!
Kare-Kare is a Filipino dish that’s both celebratory and celebrated – it’s usually served at big parties like town fiestas, christenings, even weddings. Traditionally, it’s made with ground toasted rice and ground roasted peanuts, but it uses a variety of animal products as well, so RG of Astig Vegan has made her own plant-based version that’s simple yet complex. Head on over to her blog to learn more about Kare-Kare and watch the video recipe!
A famous Indonesian dish, Gado-Gado (which literally translates to “mix-mix”) is a salad made of raw, slightly boiled, blanched or steamed vegetables, boiled potato, fried tofu or tempeh, and served with a peanut sauce dressing. It’s a beautiful and healthy treat that’s full of vitamins, protein, fiber, and flavor!
Who doesn’t love pad thai? It has a perfect balance of sweet, salty, and citrus flavors, as well as textures – soft, chewy, slurpy, crunchy. For his vegan version of the famous Thai dish, George used a combination of miso and doubanjiang (spicy broad bean paste) to mimic that umami flavor and fermented “fishy” taste. It’s a must-try!
Massaman curry is one of those vegan peanut recipes you simply can’t get enough of! No wonder: according to Ministry of Curry, it’s a perfect blend of both Indian and Thai cuisines, particularly, red-style curry paste from Thailand and dry spices from India. Delicious!
Groundnut soup, also known as, “nkatie kwan” is a popular West African dish that also forms part of Ghanaian cuisine. The Ghanaian groundnut soup stands out among similar dishes in other African cuisines with its use of tomatoes, a range of specific spices, and the somewhat optional inclusion of okra in the dish. This particular recipe uses mushrooms and firm tofu instead of meat, as well as dawadawa (fermented locust beans) to impart a more noticeable umami flavor into the dish.
Another Ghanaian recipe on today’s list, dzowoe (also known as “zowey” and “adarkwa”) are sweet and spicy peanut balls made using a combination of thick peanut butter, sugar, salt, ginger, chili powder, and maize/cornmeal. This recipe was featured among the 10 Vegan Ghanaian Recipes You Need to Try, so be sure to check that out as well!
Peanuts are a staple in many African cuisines, and a version of peanut stew can be found in most West and Central African cuisines. This recipe by Ethiopian Foodie combines recipes from different countries for the ultimate vegan peanut stew!
Vegan Llapingachos with Salsa de Maní (Ecuadorian Stuffed Potato Patties with Peanut Sauce) by Sweet Simple Vegan
These Ecuadorian potato patties are easy to make, require pretty simple ingredients, and are packed with flavor – not least thanks to the rich peanut sauce (aka salsa de maní) they’re served with!
Encacahuatadas are a kind of creamy, smoky, savory enchiladas that are doused in a spicy peanut sauce. They are filled with sautéed mushrooms, and braised greens with hominy, bathed in a spicy guajillo-peanut sauce and drizzled with almond crema. What a treat!
Probably the most important vegan peanut recipe on today’s list, in a way, this homemade peanut butter is cheap, healthy, and easy to make, is absolutely versatile, and can be used in many of the recipes above! Enjoy!
Article by Anna Kot.