Amanatto is a Japanese traditional sweet made of beans such as azuki and snow peas. The name may remind you of the stinky fermented soy beans, natto, but they are completely unrelated. The beans are cooked in syrup, dried and then coated with sugar. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of these sweet beans. When I was a kid, my grandparents often kept them in their snack can and offered them to me behind my mother's back, but I always refused. I would have gladly accepted if they were chocolate or cookies.
My father, however, loves amanatto. He brought one bag with him on his last visit and left it untouched. Though I still don't like them much, I didn't want to waste them since they had made such a long journey. So I used a tactic parents often use to make kids eat more vegetables: incorporate them into something more attractive. So I put them in muffins. The green tea muffin base was a perfect match for the sweet beans. As both my husband and I enjoyed the muffins, one batch wasn't enough, and after the second round, the bag was empty. More than 20 years later, I found a way to enjoy this Japanese confections.