Red Bean Paste and Matcha Overnight Oatmeal Parfait

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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Red Bean Paste and Matcha Overnight Oatmeal Parfait

Prep Time: 4 hours

4 hours

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

    For the Matcha Overnight Oatmeal
  • 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)
  • For assembly
  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Taste and adjust sweetener as necessary (I only needed a little, like a teaspoon).
  3. Allow to sit in fridge overnight, or at least a couple hours.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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