Mochi – pronounced Mo-chee – is so delicious!  Have you tried this?  Mochi was a new food to me a few months ago.  Although I had read about it for a couple years, I finally tried it recently.  What was I waiting for??  Yummy!  Anytime I’m craving a gooey carb-filled treat, I look to mochi as my best alternative.  Gluten-free and dairy-free, it’s whole-grain goodness!

Mochi

Mochi is a traditional Japanese food that is literally just sweet brown rice that has been steamed and pounded.  The package ingredients on this one are organic sweet brown rice and filtered water.  That’s my kind of packaged food!

I baked this mochi for my kids (and I!) as an after-school snack. I just followed the package instructions.

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  • Cut mochi into 1-inch squares (this can be difficult, you’ll need a sharp knife and some strength)
  • Place on a baking sheet, making sure to separate the pieces
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the mochi puffs up

DSC_0738[1]Baked Mochi

We ate this with some brown rice syrup drizzled on it, but you could use maple syrup, honey or all-fruit jam instead.  My kids LOVE mochi.  It’s a little crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.  It’s best eaten right away, so only make what you plan to eat (and believe me, you may want more than you planned!).

I’ve also made mochi waffles which were equally delicious.  I cut the mochi into thin strips, lined the waffle maker and cooked as I would a regular waffle batter.  It turns out crisp and chewy, and again, best eaten right away.

Googling mochi, there are a million ways to make it that I’ll definitely be trying.  Especially a savory version!  Let me know if you have tried it, or what you think when you do!