Kinako is Japanese roasted soybean powder. It’s commonly sprinkled on mochi and other Japanese sweets, but it can also be mixed into milk or yogurt, says steamer. “My cousin would stir this in her milk every morning, for its health benefits (though it also has a pleasant taste),” says Debbie M. The flavor is close to that of peanut flour, says bulavinaka.

Kinako also comes mixed with powdered black sesame, or kurogoma. This powder can also be sprinkled on mochi, but bulavinaka likes it made into ice cream. She’s had kurogoma ice cream “at Japanese restaurants that go beyond the usual matcha ice cream… DEEE-LISH!”

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