I bought a huge can of red bean paste, so of course I have multiple red bean paste recipes for you now! If you’re unfamiliar with this ingredient native to Japan, I recommend reading this post for more info.
Unlike the linked recipe above, which blends the red bean paste into the oats, this recipe layers the paste into a parfait with Matcha Yogurt Overnight Zoats. This combination seemed obvious, given how often these two flavors (matcha + red bean paste) are combined in various desserts.
Sometimes, the most obvious flavor combinations are the best. There is a reason these two are always together: they truly serve each other well. For some reason, the sweet red bean paste made the matcha less bitter, and the earthy matcha made the beans taste even sweeter. I can’t actually explain how that works, but it made sense to my taste buds.
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What you'll need:
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
- 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (I used Forager cashew-based, plain, unsweetened yogurt)
- 2 tsp matcha green tea powder, or 3 tsp if you love a robust matcha flavor
- pinch of salt
- sweetener, if desired (it should already be slightly sweetened from the yogurt)
- 1/4 cup red bean paste (I used storebought, but you can make your own)
- fresh fruit, like strawberries, lychees, or persimmons (optional)
- black sesame seeds (optional)
How to make it:
- Combine all ingredients for Matcha Overnight Oats in a container with a lid (such as Tupperware or a mason jar) and stir or shake until thoroughly mixed.
- Taste and adjust sweetener as necessary (I only needed a little, like a teaspoon).
- Allow to sit in fridge overnight, or at least a couple hours.
- To serve, add a layer of overnight oats to a glass or parfait dish, then a layer of red bean paste, followed by any other additional layers you are using (I used strawberries). Repeat layers until you've used up all your oatmeal and red bean paste.
- If using, sprinkle black sesame seeds on top. Eat cold!
Just an FYI:
Add 1/4 cup grated zucchini or yellow squash (peeling optional) to the overnight oatmeal for a nutritional and volume boost.