*Updated 6/21/2017 to include calorie counts of each individual ingredient.
Easy, quick, delicious, healthy, and versatile. Not many recipes can claim all five, but this sweet red bean oatmeal porridge definitely fits the bill. It tastes great hot and cold which makes it a great option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to eat year round. I love it, and so does my family. I hope you will give it a chance, as it makes oatmeal tastes dessert like.
What I love most about this sweet red bean oatmeal porridge is that it can be tailored to personal preferences. I like my porridge slightly on the watery side because it tricks my brain into thinking I am eating a huge portion of food. I also like it mildly sweet so I don’t start the day off with a sugar rush. So feel free to adjust water and sugar levels to your liking. Normally I tend to eat 2 cups of this oatmeal with a boiled egg on the side to up my protein intake. It is one of my most favorite breakfasts.
Meal Prep Notes: Keeps well for four days in the fridge and up to 90 days in the freezer which makes this great for meal preps. This porridge will also thicken overnight. So if you find it too watery, let it sit on the counter for a couple of hours and then add in additional water if that is your preference.
Additional Notes: For this recipe, I used canned mashed red beans because it is a time saver. I have tried many brands and the Ogura-An Sweetened Red Beans is my top pick. Ogura-An’s version tastes homemade with ingredients I can pronounce and does not have an artificial aftertaste which is common in many cheaper brands of red bean paste. If you want to make the sweetened red beans from scratch I have also included the recipe as well.
1 cup Ogura-An Sweetened Red Beans | 750 calories
1 cup dry gluten free rolled oats (feel free to use regular oats) | 380 calories
6-10 cups water (I suggest start with 6 and add more if needed) | 0 calories
1,130 calories total | 5 servings @ 226 calories per serving
STEP BY STEP PHOTOS
In a dutch oven or similar pan measure out 1 cup of Ogura-An Sweetened Red Beans and 1 cup oatmeal.
Add in 5-10 cups of water depending on if you like your oatmeal thick or watery. I add 8 cups of water as I find that to be the perfect consistency for me. Bring to a rolling boil and then turn the fire to low for simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if needed. Let cool for 1 hour so that the porridge will thicken. Serve hot or cold. Easy, simple, delicious.
To make the sweetened mashed beans from scratch. First soak 1/2 cup of red beans for 8 hours. Pour out the water. In a pot add in the 1/2 cup of soaked red beans and 3 cups of water and let boil on high heat. Add in 1/2 cup of rock cane sugar. Simmer for 1 hour and it is ready to use. It will not be cooked down to the consistency of the Ogura-An Sweetened Red Beans, but that is okay as you can just add about 1-2 cups less water. You wouldn’t want to risk burning a pot just to cook the red beans down.