Kinako-bo: Japanese sweet

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I love kinako.

Kinako is roasted soy bean powder.

It is NOT soy flour.  

It tastes like a cross between peanut butter and malted milk powder and gives a lovely maltiness to many Japanese sweets. 

Kinako is full of protein, isoflavones, lecithin, Vitamins A, B1, fibre, potassium, chlorophyll and calcium. This apparently makes it great for hear growth, anti-ageing, heart health and glucose metabolism.

Most importantly - it tastes great!

Kinako Bo are kinako sticks (Bo means stick or staff)

There are two ingredients: kinako and honey

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  • Put about a cup of kinako in a bowl,
  • make a hollow in the centre,
  • add 1-2 tablespoons of honey
  • mix (bring muscles)
  • after it all mixed together but was still a little sticky i placed in on a work board with more kinako and kneaded it working more kinako in to the mixture
  • keep kneading until mixture loses most of it's tackiness 
  • line a slice tray and squish the mixture into the tray to flatten out to about 1cm thick.
  • Let set for a while the cut into sticks
  • sprinkle with more kinako so the sticks don't stick together again, or just leave covered in tray

If you need to make your own, there is a recipe here.

If you have an Asian supermarket nearby, it looks like this:

Kinako - Roasted soy bean powder

Kinako - Roasted soy bean powder