Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Tasty Detox with Mung Bean Cookies

Mung beans (called ‘Lu Dou’ in Mandarin) are a very valuable remedy for

Mung Beans and their Sprouts

Mung Beans and their Sprouts

detoxification.  They are commonly used for skin toxins such as carbuncles, pimples, sores and ulcers.

Mung beans are an effective antidote for the intake and overdose of many toxic substances, such as pesticide poisoning, drug poisoning and food poisoning.  Mung beans also prevent summer heat stroke, by reducing body temperature, relieving thirst and sweating.  The beans can be powdered to make a ‘mung bean flour’ and used creatively in various recipes, such as for making shortbread type cookies.

Mung Bean Cookie Recipe

These cookies melt in your mouth and have a very similar taste to peanut cookies, minus the peanut.


Mung Bean Cookies

Mung Bean Cookies

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cornflour
  • 3/4 cup mung bean powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg yolk, for glazing


  • Cream butter, powdered sugar and salt until creamy.
  • Mix in sifted flours and hand knead until a dough is formed.
  • Scoop the dough with a teaspoon and roll into a ball.
  • Brush the top of each cookie with the yolk glaze.
  • Bake in preheated 300F oven for 20 minutes.


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  3. Lisa Polson says:

    I made these for class. They are a lot like shortbread cookies. My kids even liked them.

  4. Melissa Kordela says:

    I had no idea that mung beans could be eaten like this. I have tried something like this with red bean paste, but this is new to me. I think this could help to get kids to eat them as well.

  5. Mia Yamamoto says:

    Out of all the yummy homemade treats we had in class this semester, these were my favorite. With summer coming up, they are the perfect goodie (that’s good for you) to have on hand. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Heiko Schindler says:

    I also have a great recipe for Mung Bean chips. First boil the Mung Been with water into paste in a rice cooker, then use the warmer button to slowly evaporate the water afterward with the lid open. The whole thing will become so crispy and there is no need to add sugar, it’s already sweet to taste!

  7. Reba says:

    I think these would be healthier made with sprouted mung bean flour, although I don’t own a dehydrator. Also using raw honey or coconut palm sugar, and coconut flour and coconut oil. I like Paleo recipes these days… Cheers 🙂

  8. Ossama says:

    I am really impmessed with your enthusiasm and efforts to make these!!:) Well, sometimes you have to do something like these to discover that, hey, you can really do it;)

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  11. jean says:

    Does anyone know how much calories per cookie or the complete nutritional list? Thanks a lot.

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