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Azuki and Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Updated on October 6, 2013

Azuki and Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

For the past year, I've been on a green tea kick and ever since, I feel as though my health has improved dramatically. I don't know if it's because I've stopped drinking sodas all together, I feel so much better. I feel like I have a lot more energy than I used to and I my stomach doesn't get bloated like it used to. I've also been turning to beans and lentils for my protein intake as I'm trying to steer away from eating too much meat.

On a recent visit to the supermarket, I was fortunate to find that ice cream was on sale for 25% off. It was the last day of the sale and decided that this is was perfect excuse to buy some. I ended up buying six ice cream sandwiches and I had planned to save them for a rainy day. Once I got home, I had a sudden desire for some azuki (Japanese red beans). I had a small bag of it in my cupboard and although I wanted to just open it and eat it right then and there with my fingers, I made a civilized decision to make something with it. After a few minutes of quick brainstorming, I decided to make something that was only in my head.

In this recipe, I've used green tea and azuki beans. For the cake, I turned to ice cream sandwiches that can easily be purchased from your local supermarket. Not only is this frozen treat delicious and easy to make, it comes with a host of health benefits.

*Photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.

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Green tea is good for you! It is rich in catechins which are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage.

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azuki and green tea ice cream cake slice
azuki and green tea ice cream cake slice

This recipe only uses 5 ingredients with optional ingredients for decorating the top of the cake. Make sure you are using a good-quality green tea powder with a strong flavor for the best taste. You can mash the azuki beans yourself, but I prefer to buy them in a smooth paste for easier handling.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 40 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 ice cream sandwiches
  • 1/2 package vanilla flavored instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup smooth azuki paste sweetened
  • 3 tablespoons powdered green tea
  • Optional decoration for the cake

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large bowl, mix the milk and instant pudding mix and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. 2. Add azuki paste into the bowl and mix well.
  3. 3. On a sheet of aluminum foil, place two of the ice cream sandwiches together side by side.
  4. 4. Spread 1/4 the azuki-pudding mixture on top of the sandwiches.
  5. 5. Place the remaining ice cream sandwiches right on top of the pudding layer you just spread on.
  6. 6. Cover the entire cake with the remaining azuki-pudding mixture.
  7. 7. Sprinkle with green tea powder and decorate the cake.
  8. 8. Freeze for at least two hours before slicing.
  9. 9. Serve with a sprinkling of powdered green to boost taste and health benefits.
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Recipe Essentials

Shirakiku - Ogura An (Sweetened Red Beans) 18.3 Oz.
Shirakiku - Ogura An (Sweetened Red Beans) 18.3 Oz.

I found the Shirakuki brand to produce pretty good quality Japanese food products in the US. These sweetened beans are mashed and has the perfect consistency to create good Japanese sweets.

 
Jell-O Instant Pudding and Pie Filling Vanilla, 3.4 oz
Jell-O Instant Pudding and Pie Filling Vanilla, 3.4 oz

A single pack of instant pudding mix is all you need for this recipe. The pudding acts as a binder to keep the ice cream cake together.

 

Picture Recipe

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Here's my milk for the pudding mixture.My box of pudding mix.This is what my red bean paste looks like.Mix the pudding mix and milk together. Add in the red bean paste and you'll get something like this.Stack the sandwiches on top of the other with a layer of the azuki pudding mixture.Cover the entire thing with the azuki pudding mixture.My green tea powder.My green tea decorations.Sprinkle the green tea powder on top and decorate if desired. Freeze for 2 hours.The finished product on a plate.Sliced piece with additional sprinkling of green tea powder.
Here's my milk for the pudding mixture.
Here's my milk for the pudding mixture.
My box of pudding mix.
My box of pudding mix.
This is what my red bean paste looks like.
This is what my red bean paste looks like.
Mix the pudding mix and milk together. Add in the red bean paste and you'll get something like this.
Mix the pudding mix and milk together. Add in the red bean paste and you'll get something like this.
Stack the sandwiches on top of the other with a layer of the azuki pudding mixture.
Stack the sandwiches on top of the other with a layer of the azuki pudding mixture.
Cover the entire thing with the azuki pudding mixture.
Cover the entire thing with the azuki pudding mixture.
My green tea powder.
My green tea powder.
My green tea decorations.
My green tea decorations.
Sprinkle the green tea powder on top and decorate if desired. Freeze for 2 hours.
Sprinkle the green tea powder on top and decorate if desired. Freeze for 2 hours.
The finished product on a plate.
The finished product on a plate.
Sliced piece with additional sprinkling of green tea powder.
Sliced piece with additional sprinkling of green tea powder.

How About Some Oreo Ice Cream?

This looks like a great recipe to try at home. It looks easy enough to make and absolutely delicious!

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What did you think of this recipe? Do you like ice cream? How about green tea? Did you know what azuki beans were? Please leave your comments here.

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    • AtlantaGeorgia LM profile image

      AtlantaGeorgia LM 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing! I've never thought of Azuki and Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwich Cake but I can't wait to try it. It sounds delicious and healthy. :)

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: OH they are delish!

    • VspaBotanicals profile image

      VspaBotanicals 

      4 years ago

      I've never tried the beans, but would looooooooove to!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @silla lm: Aww thank you so much for your kind words. I love Italy and although I've only been to Venice, I'd like to visit some other cities there. Fish flavored ice cream? It's not easily found but yes, I have seen them in some places. It's more of a novelty item than a normal everyday thing though.

    • silla lm profile image

      silla lm 

      4 years ago

      Yes, your recipes look amazing and are making me hungry!

      Thanks to anime and manga I knew about azuki beans used in dessert in Japan, and have always wanted to taste them. Unfortunately I haven't found them here in Italy yet!

      By the way, I once read that in Japan they have fish-flavored ice-cream, but I'm not sure I believe it. Is it true?

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Haha. I love your comment Papier. I think the recipe would work even without the pudding mix.

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      Yes, yes, yes, I'm hungry. The taste of ice cream is so soothing. You get the green hat for concocting a fabulous looking dessert that's healthy (well, the pudding mix?) too! I don't know the bean flavor but believe your enthusiasm trumps my doubt. Superb recipe and tutorial.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: Oh yes green tea and ice cream is delicious! You must try some!

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I like ice cream and green tea, but the thought of having them together never crossed my mind. You sure do come up with some different combinations. My nephew would like this.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RoSelou: Glad to hear that roSelou! :)

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      RoSelou 

      4 years ago

      Sure I am. I am thinking to try some.

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