Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Make a Comforting Cup of Kinako Latte

Kinako Latte is something I discovered sometime in the year 2010. I remember finding out about it on TV during a typical autumn day and thinking how good it sounds. Kinako is simply, powdered soybeans and is traditionally used in Japanese sweets. Think of it like a Japanese peanut butter but in powder form. It's really good with mochi ( sticky rice cakes ) and until I learned about this drink, that was the only way I consumed it.

These days, people mix kinako powder into milk for a quick and nutritious breakfast. During the summer, I like to mix it with banana to make a quick and nutritious smoothie. I love peanut butter but you know how messy it can get. Not with kinako. It's just a light powder that packs a lot of peanutty ( or soybeany ) flavor.

Today I'm going to share with you my recipe for Kinako Latte because it's too good not to share. It's also ridiculously easy to make. Read on to see just how easy it is. Don't forget to watch the video to see how I create that lovely foam that's a prerequisite to good lattes worldwide.


1 cup milk
1 tablespoon kinako powder
1 tablespoon sugar or other sweetener


Add milk to saucepan. Add kinako and sweetener. Heat on medium-low heat stirring constantly.
Whisk vigorously with a whisk to create foam. Turn off heat and pour into a mug.
Add a sprinkle of kinako powder on top and enjoy!


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