Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vegan Tuesdays -- Cocoa Mochi

I saw this rice flour at the grocery store and wanted to try it. I'd love to learn some basic Asian dessert recipes. The recipe on the box was for Cocoa Mochi. I've heard of mochi before, but have never had any. It's a sweet starchy dessert that can be flavored a million different ways.

So, I attempted to follow the recipe on the box, but not having a microwave I had to improvise and use the stove. My mochi came out okay, but not as firm as I think it should have been. I ended up storing it in the freezer so that it stayed firm. To me, it tasted like a fudgesicle, just much more starchy. Rather too starchy for my taste, but that just may because I did not use the microwave as recommended.

Cocoa Mochi (Easy Microwave Version)

A traditional Japanese confection, dense and chewy in texture. This microwave version is contemporarily flavored with cocoa.

2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 box (1#) Mochiko Blue Star Brand Sweet Rice Flour
3 cups water
extra cocoa powder for dusting

In medium saucepan, using a whisk, combine sugar and cocoa together very thoroughly. Then add 1 cup water and mix well. Heat syrup over medium high, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.Using a whisk, thoughly mix flour and 3 cups water in a large microwavable bowl until smooth. Cover and microwave 5 minutes on high. Remove from oven and using a large spoon, mix thoroughly. Return to oven, uncovered, and cook an additional 5 minutes on high. Remove from oven. Add cocoa syrup and mix thoroughly.Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch nonstick baking pan lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray. Let mochi cool overnight or until firm.Dust top with cocoa powder and invert contents onto a cutting board dusted with cocoa powder (before inverting pan, gently pull the mochi along the pan sides free). Cut mochi into small pieces and dust all surfaces in cocoa powder. Store in airtight container and refrigerate .


  1. It looks like you have been baking a ton! I missed your TWD Pufflets!

  2. You always introduce me to new foodie styles, recipes and 'brands'. Interesting.

    I wasn't able to participate in Vegan Tuesday yesterday as I was in Aberdeen, East of Scotland. I will be there again next Tuesday. So I have decided when I miss my attempts at Vegan Tuesday, I will make up for it on another day of the week.

  3. oh oh oh! you made mochi!!!!!! the only way to finish a sushi dinner :):):) we always get excited to find sushi restaurants that offer them...the green tea ones are my favorite but they also do like red bean and strawberry :) these look amazing!

  4. Thanks mango and Lauren!

    Mango-- don't worry about missing. I miss things rather frequently.

    Lauren-- you always seem to eat such interesting food!

  5. Hi, I have never heard of this, but I bet my daughter has...we can try this next time we do Veggie Sushi. Yours looks delicious and its great that you are being adventurous in the kitchen!!
    Peace, Stephanie

  6. I've seen a few mochi recipes, but I can't quite picture what it would taste like. Fudgsicle-tasting chocolate mochi sounds pretty good!

  7. It's my first time on your site. Good to stumble here from another blog. :) Haven't tried to be a vegetarian but with your recipes here, I guess I can give it a try. :)

  8. Thanks Stephanie!

    Jill-- It is really starchy, but much better cold.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting penstalker!

  9. Hi Michele,

    I just stumble across your recipe thanks to a flickr photo. I love moochi and always wanted to make some myself. I am vegan and so it excites me to find this recipe of course. I think I need to schedule a vegan sushi party with chocolate moochi for dessert :-).
    How much flour is in the pack? 1 lb?


  10. Hi Eva!!

    Yes, the box of flour is 16 ounces.