This matcha overnight oats recipe layers red bean paste and oats into a delicious parfait. The 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 makes the matcha less bitter, and the earthy matcha makes the beans taste even sweeter. These matcha overnight oats are fantastic!
Red Bean Paste and Matcha Overnight Oatmeal [Vegan]
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 teaspoons matcha green tea powder, or 3 teaspoons 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
- fresh fruit, like strawberries, lychees, or persimmons (optional)
- black sesame seeds (optional)
- 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!
Add 1/4 cup grated zucchini or yellow squash (peeling optional) to the overnight oatmeal for a nutritional and volume boost.