Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles

5 ingredients + no pre-soaking to make these Super Easy Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles. Flavorful frozen ice pops full of sweet & nutty beans. Grab yours before they're gone!

5 ingredients + no pre-soaking to make these Super Easy Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles. Flavorful frozen ice pops full of sweet & nutty beans. Grab yours before they’re gone!

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Has this ever happened to you?

Some ingredients speak straight to your heart.

You’re head-over-heels-in-love with these ingredients. You just couldn’t have enough of it! When it comes to cooking with them, you couldn’t stop adding them into the dish! Maybe another little sprinkle here…okay another quirt there…ah! Last handful, I promise…

That’s what happened when Jacky made his first sets of Coconut Popsicles.

We invited our friends over for dinner and decided to make some Coconut Popsicles.

Jacky, a huge coconut fan, added handful after handful of coconut flakes into the molds. Pretty much until I told him to stop (he still added an extra handful there).5 ingredients + no pre-soaking to make these Super Easy Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles. Flavorful frozen ice pops full of sweet & nutty beans. Grab yours before they're gone!

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Near the end of dinner, we were thrilled to pull out those killer Coconut Popsicles.

We quickly took our first bite. Then, dead silence.

We all stopped and looked at each other. When we looked at Jacky’s face, we all burst out laughing till our bellies hurt.

They seriously tasted like Frozen Coconut Flakes On a Stick……..

I applauded him for his adventurous spirit to experiment with these extra-intensive, ultra-killer coconut ice bombs. But, don’t worry. As much as we love Adzuki Beans, we’re easy on the beans this time. 😉

5 ingredients + no pre-soaking to make these Super Easy Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles. Flavorful frozen ice pops full of sweet & nutty beans. Grab yours before they're gone!

Normally, we need to pre-soak the Adzuki Beans before cooking (preferably overnight). Then, simmer for hours on the stove until tender, while we tend the pot.

Why we love making adzuki beans with our pressure cookers:

  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Convienient – no pre-soaking required
  • Evenly-cooked
  • Less tending work

What we look for in delicious Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles?

  • Full of Nutty Beans – we like our popsicles packed with beans to add flavor & texture (and because we love them so much!)
  • Evenly Cooked Beans with Great Texture – tender but not falling apart or mushy, not tough or hard
  • Flavorful – strong sweet & nutty Adzuki bean flavors; hints of coconut milk fragrance; right level of sweetness; can’t be watery
  • Great Overall Texture – frozen coconut milk mixture contrasting with a bit of chew & creamy texture from the beans

Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles Recipe Ingredients

5 Ingredients for Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles Recipe

What are Adzuki beans (red beans)?

Adzuki beans originated from Japan, and are well-loved in East Asian cuisines. Also known as aduki, azuki beans, or red beans. They’re small, dark red with a distinctive white line, oval, strongly sweet & nutty.

Though Adzuki beans can be enjoyed in both savory and sweet dishes, they’re mostly used in sweet snacks, pastries, and desserts.

Tools for Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles Recipe

  • Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Popsicle Molds – this reusable Popsicle mold is BPA-free, budget-friendly, and easy to wash. Plus, we like how we can take out the exact numbers of ice pops we wanted instead of bringing out the whole tray from the freezer.

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Tips for Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles Recipe

1. Sweetness: Since freezing will decrease the level of sweetness, when you taste test in Step 3, don’t be surprised if you feel the Adzuki Beans Coconut Liquid Mixture is overly sweet. The sweetness will dramatically reduce when frozen.

2. Adjust to Your Sweet Preferences: We tested with different amounts of for this Adzuki Beans Coconut Popsicles Recipe. 3 pieces of sugar (~70 grams each) is our sweet spot.

So, adjust accordingly to your sweet tooth: 😉

  • 2.5 pieces of sugar – Light & mildly sweet
  • 3 pieces of sugar – Just the right level of sweetness for us
  • 3.5 pieces of sugar – For those with a sweet tooth

3. Extra Creamy Texture: In Step 3, press the beans with a wooden spoon while they are boiling in the pressure cooker.

4. Speed Up the Cooling Process: You can cool down the adzuki beans mixture faster by placing it inside a mixing bowl in a water-bath (ice/cold water in a large sauce pan).

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Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles
 
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5 ingredients + no pre-soaking to make these Super Easy Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles. Flavorful frozen ice pops full of sweet & nutty beans. Grab yours before they're gone!
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack, Super Easy
Cuisine: Asian
Serving: 10 ice pops
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse the Adzuki Beans: Rinse 240g adzuki beans under cold running tap water. Drain well.
  2. Pressure Cook the Adzuki Beans: Place rinsed adzuki beans and 5 cups of cold running tap water into the pressure cooker. Close lid and cook at High Pressure for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and Natural Release for 15 minutes. Manually release the remaining pressure by carefully turning the venting knob to the venting position. Open the lid carefully.
  3. Thicken & Sweeten the Adzuki Beans Mixture: Turn heat to medium (Instant Pot: Press sauté button). Add 2.5 – 3.5 pieces of brown rock sugar into the pressure cooker depending on your preference (see notes). Let the sugar melt and the mixture boil for roughly 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

    Mix in 200 ml coconut milk and give it a final taste test. It is normal to taste overly sweet, as freezing will dramatically reduce the sweetness. Mix the cornstarch with water and mix it into the adzuki beans mixture one third at a time. Turn off the heat.
  4. Cool & Freeze the Adzuki Beans Coconut Popsicles: Let the adzuki beans mixture cool down completely in a large mixing bowl (see note) and fill the Popsicle molds. Place into freezer for roughly 6 hours before serving!
  5. Serve: Run the frozen popsicles under cold running tap water for easier removal of the mold. Enjoy!
Notes
Extra Creamy Texture: In Step 3, press the beans with a wooden spoon while they are boiling in the pressure cooker.

Sweetness Preference: adjust the level of sweetness according to your taste and use
2.5 pieces of sugar – mild & lightly sweet
3 pieces of sugar – just right for us
3.5 pieces of sugar – if you have a sweet tooth

Speed up the cooling process: Cool down the adzuki beans mixture faster by placing it in a mixing bowl in a water-bath (ice/cold water in a large sauce pan).
5 ingredients + no pre-soaking to make these Super Easy Adzuki Beans (Red Beans) Coconut Popsicles. Flavorful frozen ice pops full of sweet & nutty beans. Grab yours before they're gone!
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  1. Hello Amy and Jacky, the cooked red beans came out with a bitter taste even after I added sugar as shown in the recipe. Any idea how to get rid of this bitterness? Thank you!

    1. No, they were not burnt. I did this a few times, and every time the beans taste bitter even with sugar added.

    1. Hi Yva,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You will want to make the red bean paste a little thicker by simmering.

      Taste and adjust the sweetness and create your red bean ice!

      take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  2. I made this recipe, it was very delicious!! Planning to make another batch next week. One question is if I don’t use coconut milk, can I substitute it with Greek yoghurt instead?

    Thank you.

  3. Hi Amy and Jacky, Would you put together an authentic recipe for Instant Pot Red Bean dessert (hot) soup – Cantonese style? I would love to see a great and simple way to cook this fast and tasty!

    Thank you!

  4. Wow these popsicles bring back memories for those who grew up in Hong Kong ! Thank you so much for this easy recipe Amy and Jacky ? You are the best ??

    1. hi Tanya,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      1 cup of adzuki beans is around 200g. So 240gram is roughly 1 1/4 cup.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  5. As a little kid in Japan during the summer we ate a lot of adzuki-based sweets. I made this for my kids and we loved it! Thank you for helping me share the memories with my little ones 🙂

  6. This was great for the summer months! Now that Fall is slowly kicking in, with the occasional Indian Summer days here in SF, I’m curious what you would change to make the traditional tong sui version of this. Thank you for sharing all your yummy recipes! Both of my kids LOVE everything we’ve made so far!

    1. Hi Vicki,
      Thank you for your kind comment 🙂
      The recipe will be very similar. I would add 1 -2 pieces of chenpi in the beginning and sugar at the end.

      Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

    1. Thanks Helen, you’re right! Adzuki beans are nutritious and it’s great for texture & flavor in these frozen popsicles 🙂
      Have a great weekend!
      ~Amy

    1. Thanks Amanda + your lovely daughter!
      Adzuki Beans Coconut Popsicles were something we loved (and ate a lot) since we’re a kid.
      Let us know how it turns out when you get a chance to try it.
      Have fun making them with your daughter! 🙂
      ~Amy

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