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Indulge in the Chewy Delight of Mochi Muffins

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Mochi muffins are made with rice flour, sugar, coconut milk, and plenty of butter and vanilla! They’re sweet, chewy, and wonderfully light and fluffy. Enjoy it as an afternoon snack, or as a treat for breakfast!

stack of mochi muffins

Mochi Muffins are Simple and Delicious

Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from glutinous rice or mochigome. Traditionally, mochi is made by steaming glutinous rice and then pounding it with a large wooden mallet until it becomes a sticky paste.

Mochi muffins are a delicious and unique twist on the traditional mochi and muffins. Luckily, they are made with mochiko, also known as glutinous rice flour, which makes it much easier to make. It also gives them a chewy and slightly sweet texture.

close up of mochi muffins

One of the best things about mochi muffins is that they are extremely versatile. You can add in a variety of mix-ins to customize the flavor to your liking. Some popular options include chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, and even savory ingredients like cheese and bacon.

I’m a huge fan of mochi. Things like chichi dango mochi, poi mochi, mochi donuts, and mochi brownies. I’ve also used it in mochi waffles and mochi pancakes. It’s an excellent ingredient for anyone with gluten allergies or sensitivities as it’s naturally gluten-free.  

This butter mochi muffin recipe is a great breakfast option, tasty snack, or even dessert. Perfect for packing in a lunchbox or taking on the go. Give these unique muffins a try the next time you are in the mood for something a little different. You won’t be disappointed!

Mochi Muffins Key Ingredients

(Full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post)

  • Mochiko Flour. A white flour made from glutinous rice. You can use whatever brand you like, but I love Mochiko!
  • Golden Brown Sugar. Opt for golden brown sugar instead of traditional brown sugar for this recipe. It’s a bit lighter and boasts a delicate flavor, which is perfect for this dish.
  • Granulated White Sugar. You’ll also need regular granulated white sugar.
  • Coconut Milk. Featuring a light coconut flavor, this ingredient adds a touch of natural flavor to the muffins. It also ensures that they are perfectly moist!
  • Eggs. Fresh eggs are best.
  • Butter. Butter mochi muffins wouldn’t be complete without butter! Use unsalted.
  • Vanilla. For even more light and delicate aromas, add a splash of vanilla to your mochi muffin batter. You can make your own homemade vanilla extract or buy pick some up from the store.
mochi muffins ingredients

How to make perfect Mochi Muffins

Prep your space. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and gather your ingredients. 

Combine the dry ingredients. Add the rice flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt to a medium bowl and mix until well combined.

mochi muffins dry ingredients in a bowl

Mix the wet ingredients. In a different, larger bowl, add the coconut milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla and mix until well combined. 

Add the dry and wet ingredients together. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir — it should be just combined, don’t over-mix!

mochi muffins batter in a bowl

Pour into a cupcake/muffin pan. Spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray or line it with cupcake/muffin wrappers. Fill each tin ⅔ of the way full with the batter.

mochi muffin batter in muffin pan

Bake. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown. Use the toothpick test — if it comes out clean you can remove the mochi muffins from the oven. Allow to cool a bit and enjoy!

mochi muffins in a muffin pan

Tips

  • Use the right type of flour: It is important to use glutinous rice flour, also known as mochiko, to make mochi muffins. This type of flour is available at most Asian markets or online. Using regular rice flour or another type of flour will not give you the same chewy and slightly sweet texture that is characteristic of mochi muffins.
  • Don’t overmix the batter: When making the muffin batter, be careful not to overmix. This can cause the muffins to become tough and lead to a less desirable texture. Mix the dry and wet ingredients just until they are combined, and then gently fold in any mix-ins.
  • Experiment with mix-ins: As mentioned, one of the great things about mochi muffins is their versatility. Feel free to get creative and try out different mix-ins to find your favorite flavor combination. Some options to consider include chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, and even savory ingredients like cheese and bacon. Just be sure to not add too much, as this can affect the texture of the muffins.
  • Add sesame seeds on top. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of your muffins to add a bit of crunch. They will toast up perfectly as they bake!
sliced close up mochi muffins

Frequently Asked Questions

What are mochi muffins made of?

The main ingredient in this mochi muffin recipe is rice flour. Again, I usually use Mochiko flour — it’s easy to find, and the results are always phenomenal. Other key ingredients include butter, two types of sugar, coconut milk, eggs, and vanilla.

What makes a butter mochi muffin light and fluffy?

This recipe will give you light and fluffy baked goods every time, thanks to unique ingredients like rice flour and coconut milk. That said, if the texture is a real concern, consider making sure that all of the ingredients are at the same temperature before you get started. Lots of chefs swear by this method!

Is mochi Korean or Japanese?

Mochi is Japanese. As I mentioned, the original mochi (mochigome) recipe is a traditional Japanese sweet made with glutinous rice flour and a few other ingredients. It comes in several different flavors, but the most popular is green tea.

hand holind mochi muffins

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Mochi Muffins

Relle
Mochi muffins are made with rice flour, sugar, coconut milk, and plenty of butter and vanilla! They’re sweet, chewy, and wonderfully light and fluffy. Enjoy it as an afternoon snack, or as a treat for breakfast!
4.94 from 44 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian
Servings 18 muffins
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a medium bowl, add flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  • To another large bowl, add coconut milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. 
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until combined.
  • Spray a cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with cupcake wrappers. Fill each cavity with batter ⅔ of the way full.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool slightly and ENJOY!!

Notes

Tips for the best mochi muffins

  • Use the right type of flour: It is important to use glutinous rice flour, also known as mochiko, to make mochi muffins. This type of flour is available at most Asian markets or online. Using regular rice flour or another type of flour will not give you the same chewy and slightly sweet texture that is characteristic of mochi muffins.
  • Don’t overmix the batter: When making the muffin batter, be careful not to overmix. This can cause the muffins to become tough and lead to a less desirable texture. Mix the dry and wet ingredients just until they are combined, and then gently fold in any mix-ins.
  • Experiment with mix-ins: As mentioned, one of the great things about mochi muffins is their versatility. Feel free to get creative and try out different mix-ins to find your favorite flavor combination. Some options to consider include chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, and even savory ingredients like cheese and bacon. Just be sure to not add too much, as this can affect the texture of the muffins.
  • Add sesame seeds on top. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of your muffins to add a bit of crunch. They will toast up perfectly as they bake!

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 123mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 104IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
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By on January 9th, 2023

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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18 thoughts on “Indulge in the Chewy Delight of Mochi Muffins”

  1. 5 stars
    I was looking for a recipe to use up some rice flour and found these muffins. They were easy to make and super delicious. Even the kids loved them.

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  2. 5 stars
    I was so apprehensive about trying this mochi muffins recipe since I don’t like to bake. But, I am so happy I made it! The muffins came out so soft and delicious. Your instructions were right on point.

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  3. 5 stars
    I love using mochiko when I need a gluten free treat for family or guests. These yummy muffins were perfect! They have that signature mochi chewiness and were sweet without the sweetness being too much. We loved them next to omelets over the weekend!

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  4. 5 stars
    I could eat these EVERY day. Sooo good! I was surprised by how easy these were to make, and they were perfect with some toasted sesame seeds on top. Will absolutely be making these again!

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  5. 5 stars
    This was the first time I used rice flour and I am happy to say this ending up being a family favorite! These muffins were so easy to make and the flavor and texture was really great. Will be making these again! Thanks!

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