Okara biscotti with chia seeds

Okara Biscotti with Chia Seeds: A Fusion of Italian Tradition and Japanese Innovation


Okara Biscotti with Chia Seeds, the beloved Italian twice-baked cookies, have found a unique twist in Japanese kitchens with the addition of okara—the nutrient-rich byproduct of soy milk production. While traditional biscotti are not part of the classic Japanese cuisine, this version with okara and chia seeds represents the modern, health-conscious approach that Japanese cooks have embraced, blending international influences with local ingredients.


Cultural Context

Okara is a staple in Japanese cooking, often used for its nutritional benefits and versatility. Though biscotti are inherently Italian, the Japanese adaptation with okara speaks to the country’s openness to culinary diversity and its skill in creating dishes that are both delicious and nourishing. This fusion treat is not associated with traditional Japanese events but is a testament to the contemporary, everyday creativity found in Japanese home baking.

Ingredient Spotlight

The key ingredients in Okara Biscotti with Chia Seeds are:

  • Okara: A high-fiber, low-fat ingredient that adds moisture and a subtle nuttiness.
  • Chia seeds: Known for their omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, they give a crunchy texture.
  • Whole wheat flour: Often used in place of white flour for a healthier biscotti base.
  • Modern variations might include adding matcha powder or nuts for additional flavor and health benefits.

Health Benefits of Okara Biscotti with Chia Seeds

This biscotti variation is a powerhouse of nutrition. Okara is rich in protein and fiber, while chia seeds provide antioxidants, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. Together, they create a snack that supports heart health, digestion, and overall well-being.





  1. First rinse the brown rice and drain thoroughly
  2. Add rice to your rice maker along soy sauce and water up to the 2 cup marker.
  3. Add in hijiki and cook. Do not stir or the rice may not cook evenly.
  4. Once the rice is done cooking, gently fold so the hijiki is evenly mixed
  5. Serve along with your favorite miso soup, okazu (side dishes) and protein of choice!

Cooking Tips

For the perfect Okara Biscotti with Chia Seeds:

  • Ensure the okara is well-drained to prevent excess moisture.
  • Spread the dough evenly for uniform baking.
  • Allow the biscotti to cool after the first bake before slicing and baking again to achieve that signature crispness.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy these biscotti as a standalone snack or paired with a cup of green tea for a Japanese touch. They also go wonderfully with a traditional espresso or a glass of soy milk.


Customize your biscotti by:

  • Incorporating dried fruits like cranberries or apricots.
  • Dipping the finished biscotti in dark chocolate for an indulgent treat.


Okara Biscotti with Chia Seeds is a delightful example of how traditional recipes can be reinvented with a touch of Japanese ingenuity. I encourage you to try this recipe, share your results, and experiment with your own variations. Let’s bake, enjoy, and discuss the endless possibilities of fusion cuisine.

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Konnichiwa! (Hello!) I'm Pat Tokuyama, a Japanese tofu cookbook author, who travels for music, food, and adventure. If you like Japanese tea, checkout some of the newestorganic japanese tea, matcha bowls and noren and more!

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