These Kinako Overnight Oats are the best make-ahead breakfast for a quick, easy and healthy start to your day!
Firstly, if you’re wondering what kinako is…
Kinako (literally “yellow flour” in Japanese) is a roasted soybean flour, which is widely used in Japanese cuisine. It’s a really healthy topping and flavouring ingredient as it’s full of protein and Vitamin B.
I went through a phase of using kinako in lots of breakfast recipes last year, from French Toast to Pancakes, and this year I was inspired by my Matcha Overnight Oats to recreate some more Japanese-flavoured breakfast oats!
I absolutely love having overnight oats for breakfast as I’m very lazy in the morning and full of energy in the evenings, so it’s perfect for me to be able to prepare my breakfast the night before!
I love adding kinako powder to these oats as it gives them a sweet, nutty flavour. You can top with whatever fruit you like – I went for blueberries (which I think pair particularly well with kinako) and dates for some natural sweetness. Normal dates are delicious, but I took it to the next level with some frozen dates! If you’ve never tried frozen dates you absolutely have to, because the freezer works some sort of magic. Their texture becomes chewy and almost nougat-like, making them the perfect vehicle for all sorts of healthier versions of our favourite sweet treats, but they’re also super yummy eaten on their own!
You can buy kinako powder in most Asian supermarkets. If you’re based in the UK, you can buy it online here from the Japan Centre.
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- 1 portion oats (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon kinako powder
- To serve: handful of fresh berries, (frozen) dates, yogurt...
- Combine oats, milk and kinako powder in a bowl
- Cover and leave in the fridge overnight
- Take out of the fridge just before eating in the morning and eat with toppings of choice