What Is Kinako and How Is It Used?

Table of Contents

What Is Kinako (Roasted Soybean Flour)?
What Does Kinako Taste Like?
How Is Kinako Used?
Nutrition of Kinako
What Are the Benefits of Eating Kinako


What Is Kinako (Roasted Soybean Flour)?

Kinako is a powder of roasted soybeans. Heating soybeans reduces toxic substances, removes the unique odor of soybeans, and it becomes fragrant and easy to eat.

By the way, boiled soybeans contain about 60% water, and the water content of tofu is over 80%.
How about kinako…?

The water content of kinako (soybean flour) is about 5%, so you can ingest soybeans much more efficiently by eating kinako.

Kinako made by crushing soybean with its skin is very nutritious, while kinako made by peeling soybeans is soft and pleasant on the tongue.


What Does Kinako Taste Like?

It has a fragrant flavor without the unique smell of soybeans. The taste of kinako (soybean flour) itself without sugar is simple and light.

Adding sugar will increase the umami (delicious taste) and matches so well with the flavor of soybeans.

The taste of kinako varies depending on the soybean variety and production area. Also, the flavor of kinako varies depending on the roasting machine and the degree of roasting.

▲Kinako made from black bean


How Is Kinako Used?

Main uses of kinako is sprinkling on mochi (rice cake) after mixing it with sugar. Below, you can see several types of mochi desserts that are usually served with kinako.

Kinako Mochi

Soft rice cake that is covered with kinako and sugar. It’s called Abekawa-mochi in some places in Japan.


Warabi-mochi

Mochi made from bracken starch, sugar, and water. It’s usually eaten after pouring kinako and brown sugar syrup.


Kuzu-mochi

Mochi made from kudzu starch, sugar, and water. It’s usually eaten after pouring kinako and brown sugar syrup.


Bota-mochi (Kinako Version)

Left: Normal Type (Red Bean Paste) / Right: Kinako

It’s made by steaming a mixture of glutinous rice and rice and crush it lightly, then roll it up and cover it with red bean paste. Instead of this red bean paste, kinako is often used. The kinako flavor bota-mochi is usually filled with red bean paste.


The next two things are different from mochi dishes, but they are popular kinako food in Japan too.

Kinako Fried Bread

Deep-fried bread covered with the mixture of kinako and sugar powder.


Kinako Flavor Shaved Ice

The topping sauce for the shaved ice is kinako and brown sugar syrup. Red bean paste is also great match. It’s becoming trendy in Japan.


Besides those delicious desserts, there are various products with another material added to kinako.
For example:
kinako + black sesame
kinako + almond
kinako + soy milk
kinako + cafe latte
etc.

Kinako Mixed with Black Sesame


Nutrition of Kinako

Below you will find the nutrition information for a 3.5 oz (100g) of Kinako:

・Calories: 450kcal
・Water: 4.0g
・Total Carbohydrates: 28.5g
 └Dietary Fiber: 18.1g
・Total Fat: 25.7g
・Protein: 36.7g
・Minerals
 └Sodium: 1mg
 └Potassium: 2000mg
 └Calcium: 190mg
 └Magnesium: 260mg
 └Phosphorus: 660mg
 └Iron: 8.0mg
・Vitamins
 └VitaminE: 23mg
 └Niacin: 2.2mg
 └Pantothenic acid: 1.01mg
 └Vitamin B6: 0.52mg
 └Riboflavin: 0.24mg
 └Thiamine: 0.07mg


What Are the Benefits of Eating Kinako

Soybeans are called “field meat” in Japan, in other words, it’s rich in good quality vegetable protein. It also contains a lot of, various types of minerals necessary for metabolism.

Great part about kinako is that the surface area of kinako increases by making it into powder. For that reason, it improves digestion and absorption, and you can efficiently take in nutrients contained in soybeans into your body.

[Typical Nutrients in Kinako]
・Soy protein
・Dietary fiber
・Soy isoflavones
・Soy oligosaccharide