I found it really hard to make desserts that were dairy, egg, gluten and nut free without it costing a fortune!
I also wanted to give the kids energy dense desserts to keep up with their growth requirements since the usual energy dense foods like cheese, cream are out of bounds to them (unless I use dairy free alternatives which are expensive).
Aduki beans are full of nutrients: protein, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, manganese and B vitamins. The coconut milk adds the additional calories so it is energy-dense for the kids. The beauty of this dessert is you can sweeten it as much or as little as you want. If you added no sugar at all (which is how I take it), the sweetness of the coconut milk may be enough. But kids like to mix in a small teaspoon of local raw honey (just before serving as cooking will destroy the goodness it contains)
I make mine in the Instant Pot – done after 10 minutes!! But if you don’t have a instant pot you can also make it on the stove
- 1/2 cup aduki beans
- 1 cup water
- 1 can coconut milk
- Sugar/stevia/honey to taste
- Soak the beans in water for 4-6 hours (Soaking the beans remove the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors which may impair the digestion and absorption of nutrients. )
- rinse the soaked beans and place in a pot with 1 cup of water (or just enough to cover). Bring to boil then simmer for 30-40minutes, until the beans are soft. If you have a pressure cooker such as an instant pot put it in with a cup of water and put on manual for 8 minutes.
- Add in the coconut water. (if you don’t want too watery a mixture, you can drain a small amount of the cooking water away before adding coconut milk)
- If you wish, sweeten before serving with stevia/honey/sugar, to taste.
This mixture can be frozen to make delicious, nutritious popsicles in the summer!