A semi-sweet kinako cookies. I used to eat Kinako Stick when I lived in Japan and I suddenly wanted to bake something using Kinako so I bought them when I went to Osaka in Aug 2014. For people who love soya, it is best eaten coated with soya powder but they are great too on their own…
Kinako (黄粉 or きなこ), also known as roasted soybean flour, is a product commonly used in Japanese cuisine, although mostly associated with Japanese confections wagashi. Usage of the word kinako appeared in cookbooks from the late Muromachi period (1336-1573). Kinako means “Yellow flour” in Japanese.
Soy is a complete protein, and soyfoods are rich in vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium and, in some cases, fiber. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially recognised the cholesterol-lowering effects of soy protein in 1999 with a a health claim stating that 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Most soyfoods are also low in saturated and trans fats. Recent research suggests that soy may also lower risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers as well as osteoporosis and other bone health problems, and alleviate hot flashes associated with menopause.
Although soy is one of the most controversial foods in the world, try to use those that are non-GMO and organically grown and like in everything, eat in moderation.