Kanya (No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites)

Kanya (No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites)

In Sierra Leone, we love our peanuts (or groundnuts as we call them). We use them to make sweet treats, to enhance the flavour of food and to make groundnut soup (a winner at our last supper club). This particular recipe, Kanya, was a favourite of mine as a kid. But, in the UK, my mum never made it because she didn’t want us eating too many sweets.

Well, a little treat here and there never hurt anyone. Unless you’re like me and you finish everything in one go. 😊 Anyway, kanya is a simple snack to make. Made from just three ingredients, rice flour (or gari – dried & fermented cassava flour), peanut butter and sugar. I normally use brown sugar but I had run out so I replaced it with dates in this recipe. Kanya is vegan and gluten free. You can adjust the sugar to your liking and if you need a break from peanut butter or are allergic to peanuts, almond butter works just as well.

Here’s the recipe. I like to use a mixture of gari and rice flour but in Sierra Leone we typically use one or the other. So, you can do the same.


  • Flour mixture (¼ cup rice flour + ¼ cup gari). You can also use one or the other.
  • 5 dates (or 1-2 tbsp. light brown sugar)
  • 3-4 tbsp. peanut butter



  1. Toast the flour mixture in a pan over a low/medium heat, stirring continuously until the mixture goes lightly brown (about 5 minutes). A bit like you’re toasting almonds.
  2. Transfer to a food processor along with the dates (or sugar) and process for a minute or two until both ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Add the peanut butter and continue to process for a few more minutes.
  4. Once the mixture starts to cake together and holds it shape, you’re done.
  5. Mould into your desired shape and enjoy as a sweet treat.
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