Crunchy Brown Sugar Kinako Nuts

Happy National Trail Mix Day! Did you know, today 8/31 is the day to appreciate our go-to snack when we are on hiking trails! 

I’m a hiking lover, so almost every weekend I bring some nuts for snacks. As you can imagine, I also enjoy trail mix at home too and I sometimes notice I only got a handful right before we are heading to the trail, but this time I’m getting ready to make my hiking a level above by creating a special trail mix with kinako!  

Kinako is a traditional, popular ingredient in Japan especially after new year. People eat mochi rice cake with sprinkling kinako all over mochi and they have huge fans from all generations. Since kinako is a healthy ingredient, they started to be spotted a light, but they don’t have much variety since kinako mochi is too popular. 

Now, I don’t have easy access to mochi so I need to find a way to enjoy kinako with some food that’s easily accessible in the US grocery stores. And light bulbs when I saw abandoned walnuts from my picky dinner buddy whose hobby is opening the bag of mixed nuts and dividing them by the kind AND remake his own original assorted nuts. Walnuts are easy to get from the US grocery and muchiable. Let’s combine them and make a snacky snack!

<Today’s Recipe>

Crunchy Brown Sugar Kinako Nuts

kinako nuts


  • 100g walnuts
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoon Kinako (roasted soybean flour)


  1. Put walnuts in a small pan and bring it to medium high heat to roast the nuts.
  2. In another small pan, combine brown sugar and water together and bring it to medium high heat. Wait until it gets boiled.
  3. Transfer walnuts in the brown sugar syrup pan and stir well to evenly coat the syrup.
  4. Sprinkle kinako and toss well.

kinako nuts

It’s so tempting to pop them in the mouth after tossing nuts with kinako, but it’s important to cool them down since hot syrup is extremely harsh on our delicate mouth. The challenge time has come…Can you be patient? 

What’s Kinako? Well, one moment till the thorough review is up next! 

<Other Nuts Recipes to Muching in All Day>

The cocoa flavor hits your nostrils too! Crunchy Caramel Cocoa Nuts

crunchy caramel cocoa nuts

For matcha lovers! Brown Sugar Matcha Nuts

brown sugar matcha nuts

The spice is a good addition! Roasted Caramel Cinnamon Walnuts

roasted caramel cinnamon walnuts


Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Who would have thought that today is National Trail Mix Day? You are throwing out some good snack recipes Tanooki. Happy National Trail Mix Day to you too! 😍 😁 🥰

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Kym, thank you for comment! And yeah, actually I didn’t know either about this day exists until a few days ago😂 Happy munching😋

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      1. Now that’s some sweet research Tanooki! Yep, I will continue to munch. I’m good at that! LOL 😛 😝 😜

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Haha~yay🙌 Let’s see which one of us can munch them longer😆

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      3. Honey…I can’t comment on that because I might incriminate myself!!! LOL 😅 😂 🤣

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