Kinako: 5 Easy Healthy Recipes using Soybean Flour

As you may know, the traditional Japanese food “Kinako (きな粉)” is roasted soybean flour often prepared for “Mochi (餅)” dishes in the cold winter months in Japan.

In fact, Japanese people traditionally have steamed Mochi rice cake with a mixture of Kinako flour and sugar on New Year’s day, and the Mochi dish is called “Kinako Mochi (きな粉餅)“.

Actually, other than Mochi, the yellow soybean flour Kinako can be used in various ways, and if you dust the powder onto some confection or beverage, that can make the stuff more nutritious.

5 Easy and Healthy Recipes Using Kinako

Kinako Soy Flour

This is because usually made only from soybeans, Kinako is a naturally nutrient-rich, wholesome food. It is a good source of dietary fibers, protein, and minerals, and besides, also contains soybean isoflavones which help keep the beauty of women.

So just with the addition of some Kinako, most foods get healthier and can have more nutrients. Today, for those who are curious about the usage of Kinako, I will introduce easy and healthy recipes that are interesting and worth a try.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Kinako

Vanilla Ice Cream with Kinako and Brown Syrup

Vanilla ice cream pairs well with the roasted soybean flour Kinako. Prepare the ice cream, drizzle some brown syrup, and sprinkle as much Kinako as you like. This flavoring method actually works well with tofu as well.

Kinako Milk

Kinako Milk

Several years ago, the drink, Kinako milk became a topic of conversation on some Japanese sites. The basic way to make this wholesome milk beverage is very straightforward: Just add a proper amount of Kinako flour to a hot or cold cup of milk. If you want to sweeten the milk drink, add some sugar or honey. 

Kinako Toast

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Some Japanese like to eat toast with Kinako. The basic recipe is simple as follows: First, toast a slice of white bread and spread butter or margarine. Then sprinkle Kinako powder and some sugar over the toast. You can also use brown syrup, instead of sugar, for the toast.

Kinako Milk Tea

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As with Kinako milk, Kinako also makes a good combination with black tea with milk. The addition of some Kinako makes the tea milder and healthier.

Kinako Yogurt

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Eating yogurt with Kinako is one of the recommended ways of consuming Kinako. As both yogurt and Kinako are packed with nutrients, it is needless to say that this food combo is good for health. If you want to sweeten the yogurt, add some honey or syrup.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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