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RITZ Red Bean Bite Delights

RITZ Red Bean Bite Delights

Prep time30 min
Total time10hr 30min
ServingsMakes 4 servings, 2 topped crackers each.
  • 6 oz. dried adzuki beans
  • 1 qt. (4 cups)  water, plus more for soaking
  • 3 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 8 RITZ Crackers
  • 2 tsp. golden raisins
  • 2 tsp. dried goji berries
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • Rinse beans, then pick through them to remove and discard any small stones.  Place beans in medium bowl.  Add enough water to cover beans by 2 inches.  Let stand at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain beans; rinse well.  Place beans in 2-qt. saucepan.  Add 1 qt. water; bring to boil.  Simmer on medium-low heat 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours or until beans are very tender, stirring occasionally and adding more water if necessary to ensure water always covers beans by about 1/4 inch. (Be sure to check water occasionally to prevent beans from boiling dry.) 
  • Place beans and their liquid in food processor; process until smooth. 
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in saucepan on medium-low heat.  Add beans and sugars; mix well.  Cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until bean mixture thickens and begins to hold its shape.  Add remaining oil; cook and stir 1 min. (Do not overcook.) Remove from heat. 
  • Spoon 1/3 cup bean mixture into small bowl; cool 15 min. (Note: Bean paste will firm up as it cools.) 
  • Cool remaining bean paste completely.  Refrigerate up to 3 days (or freeze up to 2 weeks) before using as desired.
  • Spoon 1/3 cup bean paste into pastry bag fitted with desired tip; pipe onto crackers. Top with remaining ingredients.
Nutrition Notes

These Asian-inspired sweet treats top RITZ Crackers with creamy red bean paste, dried fruit and seeds for a low-sodium way to eat right.  

Recipe Tips
  • How to Use the Remaining Bean Paste
    Use the remaining bean paste as a filling for sticky rice cakes or steamed buns.  Or, use to prepare the traditional Eight Treasure Rice dessert.  If paste is too thick after refrigerating, warm it slightly, adding additional oil 1 tsp. at a time, until desired consistency.
  • Shortcut
    To save time, substitute 2 cups well-drained canned adzuki beans for the soaked beans.  If the canned beans are already sweetened, omit the sugar needed to make the bean paste.  Process the beans in the food processor, then cook to make the paste as directed. Or, substitute 1/3 cup purchased red bean paste for the homemade bean paste.  Look for it at your local Asian market.
  • Variation
    Instead of buying all the fruits and seeds needed to prepare this tasty recipe, you can instead purchase a snack mix that contains some of the dried fruits and pumpkin seeds listed in this ingredient list.  Or, prepare this recipe using your favorite dried fruits, seeds and/or nuts.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 4.5g 
   Saturated fat 1g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 
Sodium 55mg 
Carbohydrate 16g 
   Dietary fiber 2g 
   Total sugars 6g 
   Added sugars 3g 
Protein 3g 
Vitamin A2 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV
Calcium2 %DV
Iron6 %DV
Potassium4 %DV

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