These matcha mochi bites are delightfully chewy, mildly sweet, and incredibly easy to make. They are perfect for a quick breakfast, snacking on with a cuppa hot tea in the afternoon, or tucking into a packed lunch. Top them with melted chocolate, it's a delicious way to combine two flavor favorites!
If you like matcha and you like mochi, you have come to the right place.
Matcha is a type of green tea made from grinding young tea leaves into a very fine powder.
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake, most popularly known as the chewy doughy "shell" that is wrapped around a ball of ice cream..
Matcha is one of my favorite flavors and I love it in a latte, ice cream, or cakes...
...and I love the slighty sticky and chew quality, characteristic of mochi.
So it only made complete sense to combine the two into one delicious treat!
Mochi and Matcha
The key ingredient to making the mochi is glutinous rice flour, also known as sweet rice flour or Mochiko flour. Despite the names, this rice flour is neither sweet nor does it contain gluten. "Glutinous" simply means that the rice flour was made from short-grain rice and it refers to its sticky, chewy quality upon being cooked or baked with liquid.
Do not get glutinous rice flour confused with regular rice flour which does not have the same chewy qualities...you will not get the same results!
As for matcha, there are a number of different grades of the tea powder, each have varying qualities of color, smell, and taste.While you do not need to use a "ceremonial" grade matcha for this recipe (it's much too expensive), be sure to use a good quality one that has a nice green color and smells and tastes good. Cheaper matcha powders tend to be murky green in color and either lack in flavor or are bitter.
Personally, after trying a number of different matcha powders for drinking, I like the Rishi Everyday Matcha most. The color is beautiful, it has a nice deep matcha flavor, and it is affordable.
How Do You Make These Mochi Bites?
The dry ingredients are simply of glutinous rice flour, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt that are whisked together. Milk, an egg, melted butter, honey, and vanilla extract make up the wet ingredients.
Whisk together the dry and wet ingredients very well until the batter is nice and smooth, and then pour the batter evenly into the lightly greased or parchment-lined cups of a muffin tin.
Expert Tip: I use a 1-quart measuring glass or a medium/large bowl with a spout to mix all the batter ingredients because the spout makes pouring the batter into the muffin cups incredibly easy. If you do not have a large enough measuring glass to make the batter, you can still pour from you mixing bowl or use a ladle or large spoon.
Place the muffin tin into a 325F/165C preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
When you look at the mochi bites baking in the oven, they are going to be big, puffy, and beautiful. When you remove them from the oven, they are going to slowly deflate...but don't panic! This is completely normal and while you're first instinct is to think you've failed, you haven't!
The flattening or sinking is characteristic of mochi cakes and it is what makes them different from a muffin. Muffins or cupcakes are light airy, crumbly, and filled with air holes. Mochi are more dense and are meant to be chewy and solid enough so you can take a good solid bite from it. The compression in the dough that happens after baking is what contributes to that chewiness that we all like and expect from mochi.
Adding chocolate to your mochi bites is completely optional, but I think the flavor combination is lovely and a drizzle of melted chocolate also makes them look a lot fancier!
If you want to add chocolate to your mochi bites, I recommend adding it after they have already been baked. In developing this recipe, I found that adding chocolate to the batter, whether it was chocolate chips, chopped chocolate, or melted chocolate, was too heavy and ended up sinking to the bottom. I even tried adding chocolate just to the top of the batter after I poured it into the muffin tin, but the chocolate literally got swallowed up and there was nothing on top when it came out of the oven!
I melt the chocolate or chocolate chips and simply drizzle it over the matcha mochi bites in whatever whimsical pattern I like. You can use whatever chocolate you like, but I personally like how dark chocolate (about 65%) complements the matcha.
Another easy way to add chocolate is to place a chunk of chocolate or a few chocolate chips on top of the mochi immediately after it comes out of the oven. The residual heat will melt the chocolate enough so that it becomes embedded in the top of the mochi bite, and once the chocolate is melted, you can use a toothpick or tip of a butter knife to spread it out.
As I mentioned above, glutinous rice flour is the same as sweet rice flour is the same as Mochiko flour, so any of these will give the same results for this recipe. Do not use regular rice flour which will not produce the correct results.
The whole milk can be replaced by coconut milk, evaporated milk, or even water.
The honey can be replaced by regular granulated sugar, if you wish. Based on my own experiments, mochi bites made with sugar created a slightly thicker, drier crust, whereas ones made with honey were softer.
The melted butter can be replaced by a neutral flavored oil.
Storing the Mochi Bites
The mochi bites taste best the day they're baked and the day after, thus why I have made this recipe to yield only 6 pieces. Obviously, you can double the recipe to make a full muffin tin of mochi bites if you plan to share them or if you have more than one person in your household who enjoys them!
Store them in a sealed container on the counter for no more than 2-3 days for the best results.
You can store them in the fridge for longer, but you will want to warm them in the microwave in 10 seconds intervals to soften them up again. Keep in mind that if you have chocolate on top of your mochi bites, heating them will soften the chocolate as well.
Can I Make It Into A Cake?
Yes! I would double the recipe and use a 9x9 square pan, lined with parchment paper, and bake it for 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chunks over the entire cake while it is still hot and let them melt, or drizzle melted chocolate over the mochi cake after it has cooled. Cut into squares to serve. Again, it would taste best the day it is baked and the day after.
I enjoy eating a mochi bite with a hot cuppa tea...my favorite choices being my Soothing Ginger Honey Tea or Ginger Milk Tea Latte as I find they complement the matcha mochi really nicely. I also find it really difficult to keep myself to just eating one...they're simply too easy to eat and just taste so good!
If you love matcha and you like chewy, I think you're going to love these matcha mochi bites. And then if you like chocolate, too (seriously, who doesn't??), you're going to have to go the extra step and drizzle some on...but you'll be glad you did!
Watch How To Make It!
Chewy Matcha Mochi Bites
- 2 squares dark chocolate
- Preheat oven 325F/165C.
- Lightly grease 6 cups in a muffin tin with butter. Set aside.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
- In a medium mixing bowl or 1-quart measuring cup, whisk together milk, eggs, honey, melted butter, and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk well until smooth.
- Divide batter equally among the muffin cups.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let cool 10 minutes in the pan before carefully removing the bites to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 2-3 days max for best results.
Ways To Add Chocolate:
- Add a piece of chocolate to the tops of the mochi bites once you pull them out of the oven and let the chocolate melt and soften.
- Melt chocolate and drizzle over cooled mochi bites.
- Add a few chocolate chips to the tops of each mochi bite and let melt and soften.
- 125g is just over ¼ lb. Using weight measurement for the glutinous rice flour yields the best and most accurate results.
- Glutinous rice flour is the same as Mochiko flour and sweet rice flour. Any of these can be used with the same results. Do not use regular rice flour.
- Whole milk can be substituted with coconut milk or evaporated milk. Water also works perfectly.
- Using water reduces the calories by 150 calories per piece.
- Using coconut milk in place of whole milk reduces the calories by 80 calories per piece.
- Honey can be substituted with granulated sugar or another sweetener.
- Stirring chocolate chips or pieces into the batter before baking will result in them sinking to the bottom.
- Omit the chocolate completely, if desired.
- Tastes best when eaten with 2-3 days.
- Store in the fridge if keeping for longer than 2-3 days and warm in the microwave for 10 seconds to return the mochi bites to their soft and chewy texture.