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This healthy and delicious Peanut Date Roll recipe makes a show-stopper dessert for any festive celebration like Makar Sankranti, Holi, or Easter. These beautiful-looking rolls don’t only look appealing, but also taste just like exorbitant gourmet treats. 

a hand holding a peanut date roll from a stack of peanut date roll

These bite-size presentable goodies are no-cook, eggless, and refined sugar-free. You’ll only need 2 main and 3 optional ingredients to make this adorable dessert. Plus, it gets ready in just 20 minutes.

You can serve it as a dessert bar or a candy. They are so full of energy, so they can also serve them as energy bites or after-school snacks.

About Peanut Date Roll

A peanut date roll is a log of dates and roasted peanuts cut into slices. To enhance the taste and to make it more appealing, it is coated with toasted sesame seeds and jazzed up with melted chocolate and edible rose petals.

Naturally sweetened with dates, enhanced with nutrients from peanuts and sesame seeds, this homemade peanut date roll recipe is pure indulgence. It makes a super classic, wholesome, and healthy candy and a  lovely dessert for any day.

Due to the astounding health benefits of dates, peanuts, sesame seeds, and dark chocolate, this dish makes a wonderful pre-workout snack. For a quick energy boost, have 1-2 slices of this roll. I love using the date in my diet — be it a date smoothie, date milk, stuffed dates, or dry fruits laddu

peanut date roll decorated with rose petals in a white rectangle plate

These are also pretty enough to serve to guests during festive gatherings along with some piping hot paneer pakora and masala chai. Like other Sankranti special recipes such as til laddu, til burfi, peanut chikki, and til chikki, this roll also makes a gorgeous homemade edible gift for friends and relatives.

To make this classic treat, all you need to do is to process roasted peanuts in a blender jar, then process powdered peanuts with dates until you get a smooth dough. Shape it into a log, and roll it in toasted sesame seeds. To make it extraordinary, make a canal in the log using a wooden chopstick. 

Then wrap the log tightly in baking paper or cling wrap. Chill until firm. Fill the canal with any of your favorite melted chocolate, and sprinkle crushed dried rose petals over the melted chocolate and chill again until the chocolate is set. Once chilled, cut the slices of the log and serve. 

This roll stays fresh for up to 10 days when stored in the refrigerator. For a longer shelf life, you can also freeze them for up to 2 months.

If you love peanuts, dates, or chocolate then you are definitely going to enjoy this peanut date roll. So are you ready to make this healthy roll to enjoy with your family?

a hand holding a white rectangle plate with peanut date rolls

This Peanut Date Roll

✔ is naturally sweetened

✔ is super delicious

✔ is quick and easy to make

✔ is rich in nutrients

✔ makes great post-workout energy bites

✔ makes a guilt-free snack

✔ has no artificial flavorings

✔ is amazing for growing up kids

✔ makes an ideal holiday or festive gift

✔ have a good shelf life

✔ is vegan and gluten-free

Ingredients

Making this no-bake dessert is very easy and simple. This peanut date roll requires only 2 main ingredients and 3 optional ingredients which are easily available in any kitchen. Ingredients needed are:

  • Dates - This is the star ingredient of this recipe, so make sure to use good quality organic dates to get the most taste out of this roll. The overall taste depends on the type of dates you’ve used here. For this particular recipe, we would be needing some soft and juicy dates. The date varieties that taste in this recipe are Medjool, Medina, Dayari, or Mazafati dates.

  • Peanuts – It is the second main ingredient for making peanut date rolls. I have used roasted salted peanuts because the salty peanuts compliments beautifully well with the sweet dates. You can also use unsalted peanuts here. Raw peanuts can also be used for this recipe. If you are using raw peanuts, then dry them in a pan/microwave/oven or air-fryer until toasted, golden, and aromatic. Let them cool, rub the skin off and your homemade roasted peanuts are ready.

  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – This is an optional but highly recommended ingredient. A coating of crunchy toasted sesame seeds gives it a nutty texture and enhances the taste. 

  • Melted chocolate – I have filled them with melted dark chocolate. You can also use milk or white chocolate. You can even use a combination of dark and white chocolate.  

  • Edible Dried rose petals – This is an optional ingredient. The deep pink crushed rose petals contrast the dark chocolate so alluringly and give these rolls a lavish look. 

You will find the exact measurements in the recipe box on this page.

overhead shot of peanut date roll in a white rectangle plate with a pink candle on the side

How to make Peanut Date Roll

Making peanut date rolls is very easy and there is no cooking needed when you use roasted peanuts and toasted sesame seeds. Here are 4 simple steps to make Peanut Dates Roll:

1. Add peanut to a blender and blend it to make a coarse powder. Add about 10 dates and blend again. Now, check the consistency and add the 7-8 dates or add as much as required to get a smooth dough. I used about 18 dates altogether. Blend again until it comes together like a smooth dough. 

2. Transfer the dough to a work surface and roll it into a smooth log. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and then roll this log onto toasted peanuts to coat. Using the back of a wooden spoon or a chopstick to make a 1/2 cm deep canal; leaving 1 cm on the edges. (Watch the video for clear instructions).

3. Wrap the log in parchment paper or a cling wrap and chill for 1 hour or until set. Now, fill the canal with the melted chocolate of your choice and sprinkle with edible crushed leaves. Chill it again until firm. Slice and serve chilled.

You will get detailed step-by-step pictures and video recipes with instructions in the recipe box on this page.

Serving Suggestions

Peanut date rolls can be served alone as a snack, or you can serve them with any of your favorite hot or cold drinks. When eating them at home, I like them with some warm saffron milk or fresh juice.

You can set a tray or board for guests with assorted sweets and snacks. Other sweets and snacks that look impressive and go well with these rolls are roasted makhana, thumbprint cookies, chocolate palmiers, samosa pinwheels, masala kaju, masala peanuts, chocolate pomegranate bites, chocolate covered Grapes, cheese garlic masala mathri, verki puri, peanut ladoo, etc.

closeup of a man holding a peanut date roll peanut date roll in hand

Pro Tips, tricks, and variations

  1. Flavouring – I didn’t use any added flavors for making this roll. If you want to add flavorings then you can use about 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder, saffron, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract, orange extract, lemon extract, or almond extract.

  2. Dates – Since there is no added fat here, dates also work as a binder. So make sure to use soft dates for this recipe. If your dates are dry and hard, then soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes or until they are soft.

  3. Other nuts – You can swap peanuts with 1 cup of other toasted nuts such as cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or pistachios.

  4. Seeds – I have rolled these in toasted sesame seeds, you can also use other seeds for rolling. which are easily available and taste great. But you can use this recipe as a base to add any neutral flavor seeds to your diet like melon seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, or poppy seeds.

  5. Garnish –  I have garnished these rolls with crushed dried rose petals. You can also garnish it with edible silver/golden leaves, coarsely powdered peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, or toasted coconut flakes.

  6. Peanut Date Balls – Instead of serving them in a slice, you can roll the dough into a smooth ball and roll it into toasted sesame seeds.

  7. If for some reason your dough turns too sticky, then add 1-2 tablespoons of powdered peanuts or desiccated coconut and process until you get the desired texture.

  8. Coating – Instead of coating the rolls in toasted sesame seeds you can roll them in desiccated coconut, almond meal, chopped pistachios, chopped hazelnuts, cocoa powder, roasted poppy seeds, chia seeds, melon seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. Or simply use another topping of your choice. 

FAQ

How to roast raw dates

Toasting raw peanuts at home is very easy. Dry roast them in a pan/microwave/oven or air-fryer until toasted, golden, and aromatic. Let them cool. Remove the skin by rubbing them between your palms. The skin would come off easily. Discard the skin and your homemade roasted peanuts are ready to use.

How long can I store peanut date roll?

These rolls stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 10 days when stored in a paper-lined air-tight container. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can I freeze the peanut date roll?

Yes, you can surely freeze these rolls. To freeze, wrap each slice in parchment paper or cling wrap, place them on a freezer-safe parchment paper-lined tray, and freeze for 2 hours. When frozen, transfer them to a Ziploc bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. When you want to eat the rolls, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and enjoy! 


Peanut Date Roll (Step-by-step photo instructions)

For making Peanut Date Roll

  1. Add peanuts to a blender, or food processor and pulse until finely crushed. Remove the pits, add about 10 dates and blend again.
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  3. Now, check the consistency and add the 7-8 dates (or as needed) to get a smooth dough. I used about 18 dates altogether. Blend again until it comes together like a soft and smooth dough. The reason to add dates in two portions is that sometimes dates are too soft and sticky. Thus, the dough turns out sticky and hard to roll if we add more than the required amount. TIP: At this point, you can also add cardamom or cinnamon powder.
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  5. Transfer the dough to a rolling surface and shape it into a log. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on the working surface and roll the log on it to coat evenly well with seeds.
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  7. Now, leave about 1 cm from the edges and start pressing the center using a back of a wooden spoon/chopstick to get a canal shape. It should be about 1/2 cm deep. Check the video for clear instructions.Wrap it in parchment paper or a cling wrap, and chill for 1 hour or until firm.
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  9. Once chilled, remove the log from the refrigerator. Fill the canal with melted dark or milk chocolate. Smoothen the top with a knife and sprinkle with crushed edible dried rose petals. Chill it again for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is firm.
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  11. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into about 1 cm thick slices. The peanut date roll is ready, serve it chilled. Keep the log in the refrigerator.
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Peanut Date Roll [Recipe]

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This healthy and delicious Peanut Date Roll recipe makes a show-stopper dessert for any festive celebration like Makar Sankranti, or Holi.
★★★★✰
(Rating: 5 from 6 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
15 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Dessert, Snack Indian 18 Rolls
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
89 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Peanut Date Roll
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts, I am using salted
  • 17-18 soft dates
  • 3-4 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 200 grams melted dark chocolate
  • 1-2 tablespoons edible dried rose petals, crushed

INSTRUCTIONS:

For making Peanut Date Roll
  1. Add peanuts to a blender, or food processor and pulse until finely crushed. Remove the pits, add about 10 dates and blend again.
  2. Now, check the consistency and add the 7-8 dates (or as needed) to get a smooth dough. I used about 18 dates altogether. Blend again until it comes together like a soft and smooth dough. The reason to add dates in two portions is that sometimes dates are too soft and sticky. Thus, the dough turns out sticky and hard to roll if we add more than the required amount. TIP: At this point, you can also add cardamom or cinnamon powder.
  3. Transfer the dough to a rolling surface and shape it into a log. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on the working surface and roll the log on it to coat evenly well with seeds.
  4. Now, leave about 1 cm from the edges and start pressing the center using a back of a wooden spoon/chopstick to get a canal shape. It should be about 1/2 cm deep. Check the video for clear instructions.Wrap it in parchment paper or a cling wrap, and chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  5. Once chilled, remove the log from the refrigerator. Fill the canal with melted dark or milk chocolate. Smoothen the top with a knife and sprinkle with crushed edible dried rose petals. Chill it again for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is firm.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into about 1 cm thick slices. The peanut date roll is ready, serve it chilled. Keep the log in the refrigerator.

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NOTES:

  1. I am using roasted salted peanuts, but you can also use raw peanuts. Just dry roast them in a heavy-bottomed pan/microwave/oven/air-fryer until toasty before using.
  2. I didn't use any added flavors for making this roll. If you want to add flavorings then you can use about 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder, saffron, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract, orange extract, lemon extract, or almond extract.
  3. Since there is no added fat here, dates also work as a binder. So make sure to use soft dates for this recipe. If your dates are dry and hard, then soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes or until they are soft.
  4. You can swap peanuts with 1 cup of other toasted nuts such as cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or pistachios.

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