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How to Make a Red Bean Paste Using Healthy Adzuki Beans

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Adzuki Beans

Adzuki Beans

Red bean paste is made from the adzuki bean. This little red bean is packed full of protein, fiber, and great vitamins and minerals. It's the second most consumed bean in Japan behind the soybean. While the bean itself is used in both sweet and savory dishes, red bean paste is mostly used in desserts or treats.

The paste is simply made from adzuki beans with a little sugar and oil. Once made, you'll have a whole world of fabulous recipes at your disposal. I do hope you enjoy this easy and tasty recipe.

Cook Time

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3 hours

3 hours

Approx. 2 cups of paste


  • 1 cup dried adzuki beans
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
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  1. Wash one cup of adzuki beans. Put them in a medium saucepan and fill with water an inch or so from the top.
  2. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for about two hours. Check them If they don't easily mash from a spoon then let them cook longer.
  3. Once soft drain the beans. Mash with a spoon or use a food processor for a smoother finish. Leaving the paste chunky is desirable for some uses. Check your recipe, and an example of texture would be red bean ice cream.
  4. Heat the oil in the saucepan. Add the sugar to the paste and return to the saucepan.
  5. Cook and stir until dry and pasty. This should take about ten minutes.
  6. Allow to cool before using.

What Can You Use Red Bean Paste For?

  • Spread on or in between pancakes.
  • Use them as a filling for sweet rice cakes (also called mochi)! This is my favorite way to use it.
  • Replace the jelly or the peanut butter in a PB&J sandwich.
  • Mix it into ice cream.
  • Slice a banana in half and spread both halves with paste.

Do you have a favorite way to use it? Let me know in the comments!

They Also Contain These Great Vitamins and Minerals

According to LiveStrong, this bean is a tiny powerhouse because it contains:

  • 121 mg of folate, 30%
  • 532 mg of potassium, 15%
  • 168 mg of phosphorus, 17%
  • 52 mg of magnesium, 13%
  • 2 mg of iron, 11%
  • .57 mg of manganese, 28.5%
  • 1.78 mg of zinc, 12%

All percentages are based on the daily values of a 2,000 calorie diet.

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