Dreamy Creamy Azuki lattes are super easy to make. This sweet drink blends espresso, sweet azuki beans and vanilla and then is topped with steamed milk and some fresh mint. Served with a pastry or doughnut it is a sweet way to start your week.
Azuki beans, which can also be spelled “Adzuki” have been a part of Japanese culture for centuries. There are many events and festivals where Azuki beans are part of the event. Azuki is also used to make Anko, Japanese sweet bean paste. Anko is a key ingredient in many Japanese treats and desserts. Check out my blog to learn more about it.
You will need a blender to make this dreamy creamy drink, I use an immersion blender and blend it in the espresso pitcher. When making this latte time is of the essence -the anko will cool the latte so it’s important not to waste any time.
There are two type of anko bean paste tsubu-an is chunky and koshi-an is smooth. Either can be used when using a blender, but if you don’t have a blender and are anxious to give this recipe a try, use the koshi-an and use a spoon to stir it into the drink until the paste is totally dissolved.
(Published in August 2021, Updated November 2022).