Kinako-bo: Japanese sweet
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
- 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: