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Tasty, Easy, and Healthy: What Is Amazake?

Updated on February 3, 2019
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Living in Japan means enjoying the food! It is delicious, healthy and . . . not always Japanese. Here's what it's all about.

What is amazake?

Homemade amazake!
Homemade amazake! | Source

What is amazake? Amazake literally means “sweet sake” in English. It is a sweet, traditional Japanese beverage. The earliest forms of amazake date back over one thousand years.

Thick and white, amazake is made with rice and water then fermented with the Aspergillus oryzae fungus. Once completely fermented, amazake looks like thin rice pudding before manufacturers puree it. Then the locals enjoy it as a drink.

Amazake has been recognized as an important health food for hundreds of years. Amazake delivers in B-vitamins and amino acids in a cup. Because it is fermented, amazake is easily digested and also improves gut health. It is famously known as “the drinkable IV.” Unlike most other drinks, amazake naturally includes fiber as well as vitamins and minerals.

Sweet and creamy, amazake is also inexpensive. This means that it goes down easy and frequently. Amazake is more likely to become a habit that Japanese people pick up at a young age. More tea and amazake means less soda and juice. That’s always good news.

Finally, because amazake is sweet and healthy, it makes an excellent sugar substitute. Many Japanese households use it for any recipe that requires sugar. This includes dishes such as miso soup, curry and even pasta sauce.

One awesome, new recipe is the...

The amazake summer smoothie!

The amazake summer smoothie!
The amazake summer smoothie! | Source

Since ancient times, amazake was served warm and enjoyed as a winter treat but for the past few hundred years it has become more popular throughout the year. Hot or cold, amazake hydrates the drinker. Staying hydrated is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer.

Hot and humid, summer in Japan is brutal. The amazake summer smoothie is a new beverage that everyone here is talking about. It consists of only three ingredients: amazake, yogurt and banana. These ingredients are cheap, tasty and available all over Japan.

This smoothie energizes the locals and keeps them cool. It includes vitamins and minerals as well as protein and fiber.

How do you make it? First get the ingredients.

The ingredients

Amazake summer smoothie ingredients: amazake, yogurt and banana
Amazake summer smoothie ingredients: amazake, yogurt and banana | Source
  • 1 cup yogurt, plain
  • 1 cup amazake, plain
  • 1 banana, peeled

Cooking time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 4 min
Yields: 2 smoothies!

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into the blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Enjoy!

Nutrition facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 8
Calories 209
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 38 g13%
Sugar 14 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 16 mg5%
Sodium 129 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Amazake - A Sweet Drink Made From Fermented Rice 1.97oz(14g x4cup)
Amazake - A Sweet Drink Made From Fermented Rice 1.97oz(14g x4cup)
If you cannot find amazake at the market then pick it up here. Morinaga is one of the several brands we use
 

OK but how does it taste?

The amazake makes this smoothie sweet. The yogurt gives it a slightly sour taste. Finally, the banana makes the mixture creamy.

The amazake summer smoothie has a sweet, creamy taste but Westerners who were raised on high-fructose corn syrup might find it mild. Either way, this summer beverage goes well with fruit. Think seasonal summer fruits such as peaches, strawberries or melons.

It's delicious, healthy and hydrating. A cold amazake summer smoothie with fruit makes a perfect afternoon snack during the hottest time of day.

Once you've tried it, cast your vote for the amazake summer smoothie:

5 stars from 1 rating of amazake summer smoothie

Tips to make your amazake summer smoothie awesome!

  • No blender? No problem! Put everything in a cup and stir it with a spoon. Then add chopped banana. Too easy!
  • Experiment with the amazake-yogurt-banana ratio for the perfect taste and texture
  • If this recipe gets boring feel free to add spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg
  • But don't go overboard when adding your own ingredients to this recipe. Its simplicity is the whole point.
  • If you're looking for a healthy sugar substitute or know someone who is, share the word about amazake!
  • You can make your own amazake. Take a look at the video below

How to make your own amazake

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    • Coffeequeeen profile image

      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      This was very interesting to read. I've never heard of Amazake before, but it sounds lovely. I'd love to try this. Thankyou.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Amazake makes me think of amazing. It certainly sounds amazing. I have never heard of it, but now I will have to give it a try.

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