Kinako: 5 Easy Healthy Recipes using Soy Flour

“Kinako (きな粉)” is a traditional Japanese food consisting of 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 cakes with a combination of kinako and sugar on New Year’s day, and the dish is called “kinako mochi (きな粉餅)“.

Other than mochi, the kinako soy flour can be used in various ways, and it is wholesome and quite nutritious.

5 Easy and Healthy Recipes Using Kinako

Kinako Soy Flour

Kinako is a good source of dietary fiber, protein, and minerals. Plus, it contains soybean isoflavones, which help keep the beauty of women.

So with the addition of some kinako, foods/beverages can easily become more nutritious.

Today, for those interested in the usage of kinako, I will introduce easy and healthy recipes that are interesting and worth a try.

Vanilla Kinako Ice Cream

Vanilla Kinako Ice Cream with Brown Syrup

First, do you know vanilla ice cream pairs well with the roasted soy flour kinako? The preparation is easy, like this.

Put some brown syrup on vanilla ice cream, and sprinkle as much kinako as you like. This method works well with tofu as well.

Kinako Milk

Kinako Milk

Kinako milk, which became a topic of conversation several years ago, is a healthy drink for women.

The making is very straightforward; Add some kinako flour to a cup of milk, and if desired, sweeten it with some sugar/honey. 

Kinako Toast

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Some Japanese people like to eat toast with kinako. The recipe is basically simple as follows.

First, toast a slice of white bread, and spread butter or margarine. Then sprinkle some kinako and powdered sugar or use brown syrup.

Kinako Milk Tea

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As with kinako milk, kinako makes a good pair with black tea with milk.

The addition of the flour makes the beverage milder and healthier.

Kinako Yogurt

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Having plain yogurt with kinako is one of the recommended ways of consuming kinako.

As both the foods are packed with nutrients, it is needless to say that this combo is good for health. For sweetness, 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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