Red Bean Pancakes 餡入りホットケーキ

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  • These moist and delicious red bean pancakes are great for breakfast or as a snack!  If you love red beans like I do, then you’ll enjoy this new red bean treat!

    Japanese Red Bean Pancake recipe

    If you love Japanese red bean sweets such as DaifukuTaiyaki, Anpan, and Dorayaki, you will love this Red Bean Pancakes!  These pancakes may look like ordinary pancakes, but they are moist, light and fluffy, with just a hint of sweet red bean paste.  If you can’t’ get enough of delicious red bean paste in your sweets, why not also have it for breakfast!

    Red Bean Pancake with strawberry and blueberry on the white plate.

    Red Bean Pancakes for Breakfast

    Full confession, these red bean pancakes are not “common” pancakes in Japan.  I’m sure people may make these pancakes at their home, but my mom never made them.  I don’t quite remember how I ended up making these pancakes in the first place.  Most likely I had leftover red bean paste in the refrigerator and decided to add it to the pancake batter one morning.

    What not to like, right?  I love pancakes for breakfast and we make different variations at home.  Since I love anything that has red bean in it, this became an instant hit even among my family members.

    Since then whenever I have some leftover red bean paste in the container (you just need one cup), I whip up these red bean pancakes for breakfast (or snack).

    Red Bean Pancake with strawberry and blueberry on the white plate.

    Red Bean Pancakes – Deconstructed Dorayaki

    The red bean paste gives nice moist texture to the pancake batter.  It’s kind of like deconstructed dorayaki.  But as red bean flavors are spread out into the batter, the “red bean” flavor is not as strong as dorayaki.  It’s definitely easier to make these pancakes at home compared to dorayaki.

    As red bean paste is already sweet, and even sweeter if you buy pre-made red bean paste.  Dilute the red bean paste with water in the saucepan first to easily incorporate into the batter.

    Red Bean Pancake with strawberry and blueberry on the white plate.

    As far as toppings and sauces go, I like how maple syrup matches perfectly with red bean pancakes.  Even though it’s already a bit sweet from the red bean, I still like to drizzle just a little bit on mine.  For the looks, I also sprinkle a bit of powder sugar.

    It’s a little Asian twist on basic pancakes and I hope you give it a try, especially if you have some small amount of red bean paste in your refrigerator and don’t want it to go to waste.

    Red Bean Pancake with strawberry and blueberry on the white plate.

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    Red Bean Pancake 餡入りパンケーキ | Easy Japanese Recipes at
    Red Bean Pancake
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
    These moist and delicious red bean pancakes are great for breakfast or as a snack!  If you love red beans like I do, then you'll enjoy this new red bean treat!
    Course: Breakfast, Snack
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: pancake, sweet bean
    Servings: 8 pancakes
    For Red Bean Paste
    For Pancake Batter
    • ¼ cup sugar (¼ cup = 4 Tbsp)
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 cup whole milk (1 cup = 240 ml)
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (2 cups = 240 g)
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • pinch salt (kosher or sea salt; use half if using table salt)
    To Cook Pancakes
    • 2-3 Tbsp unsalted butter
    To Serve
    • confectioners’ sugar/powder sugar
    • Maple syrup
    • Fruits of your choice
    Prepare Red Bean Paste
    1. Add the red bean paste and water in a small saucepan and simmer until the paste is loosen up. Turn off the heat and set aside.
    Make Pancake Batter
    1. In a large bowl, whisk sugar and eggs together well.
    2. Add the milk, vanilla, and red bean paste.

    3. Sift the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt and add to the mixture.

    Cook Pancakes
    1. In a non-stick frying pan, heat some butter on medium heat. Pour the mixture on the pan and cook until you see bubbles on the pancake. Then flip over and cook until both sides are nicely golden brown.

    1. Serve immediately.  You can sprinkle powder sugar, maple syrup, etc.  I usually eat with just maple syrup as pancakes are already sweet.  To save for later, wrap 2 pancakes in a single layer with aluminum foil and put it in a freezer bag.  Store in the freezer for up to a month.  Use the oven toaster or oven to reheat before you serve.

    Recipe Notes

    Red bean paste (anko): For homemade recipe, please click here.


    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

    Editor’s Note: The post was originally published on March 16, 2011.  The images, the content, and the recipe have been updated in June 2017.

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