What to do with leftover Okara (Okara Banana Bread, Okara Meatloaf)

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Okara Banana Bread

Okara is the strained & pureed pulp of soy beans, leftover from making soy milk.  A few days ago, I made soy milk and mentioned that you can use the leftover okara in various recipes.  This  pulp is basically “pureed bean” – and can be used as a nutritious meat extender, or high fiber addition to baked goods.  About 1 c. of okara has less than 100 calories, about 4 g. protein, and about 11 g. fiber.

Most of the okara recipes that I saw online are vegan recipes.  Not everyone who makes soy milk is a vegan… some of us are just “Asian food fanatics”, and like drinking soy milk because it is tasty!  So both of my ways to use up okara are non-vegan – there are eggs and dairy in my banana bread recipe, and there are eggs and meat (!) in my meatloaf recipe.  (If you prefer meatballs instad of meatloaf, the recipe is the same – just form little balls and bake for 20 minutes or so.)

Okara Banana Bread

Okara: soy bean puree, leftover from soy milk making

  • 2 c. mashed banana (about 4 bananas)
  • 2/3 c. okara (wet)
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 T. sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. salt


1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray 2 large loaf pans (or 6 small ones) with nonstick spray.  Mash the bananas and mix in the okara.   (Your okara should be wet – but not overly wet – basically the same moistness that you have once the soy mixture is squeezed to release the milk in soy milk making.)

2.  Add the sugar, oil, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla to the banana mixture and mix well.

3.  Sift the remaining dry ingredients.

4.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix until just combined – do not over-mix.

5.  Pour into the prepared pans and bake 1 hour for the large loaves, 30 minutes for the small loaves.  Cool in the loaf pans for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

Okara Meatloaf:

  • 3/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1/3 c. okara (wet)
  • 1/4 c. panko breadcrumbs (or any breadcrumbs)
  • 1 large shallot (or 1/2 onion), chopped
  • 1/2 T. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 egg

Meatloaf glaze:

  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce

1.  In a skillet, saute the shallot in the olive oil over medium heat for a few minutes until translucent and lightly browned, then set aside to cool.

2.  Mix the ground beef, okara, breadcrumbs, seasonings, soy sauce, egg, and cooled onion together.

3.  Form a large rectangle with the meatloaf mixture on a foil lined baking sheet.  (The foil lining is for easy clean-up.)  Stir the ketchup and soy sauce together, and using the back of a spoon, cover the top and sides of the meatloaf with the mixture.

4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Makes four servings.



  1. Nancy says:

    I just made the Okara banana bread last night — it was amazing!! Thanks so much for a great recipe :D

    • Mika Mika says:

      Hi Nancy! I’m glad you liked my recipe. :) Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Amy says:

    Hi Mika,
    Does the okara help make the banana bread more moist or is it just an added part (like nutrition fiber ) ?

    • Mika Mika says:

      Well, I created this recipe to use up leftover okara – okara has a lot of fiber and protein, so it’s a healthy ingredient that I feel bad just throwing away. So if you want banana bread, you don’t necessarily have to seek out okara to add to it, but if you have leftover okara sitting around, then you can use it up to make banana bread. (If that makes any sense). Basically, it doesn’t make the banana bread “better” (or worse) – just slightly healthier.

  3. Joey says:

    Hey!! Is it okay to use dried okara? Or is there any way to make it wet again? I dried my okara in the oven and is now powderlike

    • Mika Mika says:

      You could probably mix it with water to make a paste and try that? I’m not sure since I’ve never done it… but I don’t see why you couldn’t?

  4. Toby says:

    Thank you for the recipe for the meatloaf! I was looking specifically for something like that.
    another way to use up fresh-made okara is to mix it [you can even do 50-50] with canned tuna. I added diced onion, and a blend of low-fat Hellman’s mayo and regular miracle whip. I also added my current favourite – chopped arugala. Various seasonings or olives can be added — but it’s a wonderful way to use okara. I will try it with canned salmon in the future.