Baked Mochi Treats

by Jessica Mishra on October 14, 2011

You may have read one of my previous blog posts outlining my challenge to quit sugar in October. I am on Day 5 now, you know just taking one day at a time. Seriously, though, it hasn’t been too bad. I have had a lot of cravings for fruit especially because of the warm weather here, but mostly I just really like to have some sort of treat after dinner. The sweet part really is irrelevant; it’s the treat part I love! A cup of tea with hemp milk and nutmeg does the trick usually, but some nights I want something a little more.

Enter mochi. I have had a block of mochi sitting in my freezer for months now. I have read about it and even recommend it to clients to try, but I have never actually tried it myself! I found a variety at Berkeley Bowl when I was there for a health food store tour with a client. It was sugar free! Woo hoo! I bought some along with some peanut butter and knew I could make something delicious. That night when I got home, I baked up some mochi, topped it with coconut butter, peanut butter, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. It made for a delightful treat! I even had my mochi for breakfast today! Why not? No sugar, can fill with healthy protein/fats, warm and satisfying. Perfect!

Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from special short-grain sweet rice. It is steamed then pounded resulting in a chewy and slightly nutty flavor. The best thing about mochi is that when you bake it, it puffs up! It is sort of like a healthy cream puff! You can add filling or topping once it is baked. Mine kind of puffed up to look like alien creatures, but they were no less delicious.

The brand I found is by a company called Grainaissance. They promote their mochi as being gluten and dairy free, so it is a nice treat for anyone out there with food allergies. They have several flavors too including super seed (that is the one I tried), chocolate brownie, and cashew date. There is even a coupon on their website if you want to try them out! I know they sell their product at Rainbow Grocery and Berkeley Bowl. They probably are also available at Whole Foods but I have not yet checked.

Mochi is very easy to prepare. Simply cut the block into 1-2 inch squares. Then, bake mochi squares in the oven at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes (I like to brush my mochi with some coconut oil). Watch as your little mochis puff up! You can now fill them or top them with your favorite goodies!

Suggested fillings/toppings for mochi:

  • Goat cheese and tomatoes
  • Warm bananas and cinnamon
  • Drizzle with a raw chocolate sauce
  • Baked apple filling with a drizzle of honey
  • Cashew cheese and basil
  • Top with pesto

Does this sound like something you might want to try? I think these little bites would be perfect for appetizers at a dinner party. What will you put in your mochi?

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