Pumpkin Mochi

pumpkin mochi | almost getting it together

I don’t know what made me crave pumpkin mochi. I remember just grabbing my phone and jotting down “pumpkin mochi” as something I had to make. But how does one even make mochi?

pumpkin mochi | almost getting it together

I can’t stop myself from eating a piece every time I walk by the kitchen.

You start with Glutinous Sweet White Rice Flour, which despite what the name might lead you to believe, is gluten free. Glutinous sweet white rice flour is what gives mochi its dense, chewy texture. I’m all about texture and dense things, so of course I love mochi.

pumpkin mochi | almost getting it together

Mochi without butter and refined sugar!

I was looking for pumpkin mochi recipes but basically every recipe I found called for at least a stick of butter (butter mochi is popular in Hawaii, but I can’t remember having any there) and a cup of sugar. Uh, no. A friend of mine actually made pumpkin mochi with the butter and sugar and I had some and it was AMAZING but I can’t trust myself to have things like that around so I had to Cassie-fy it. Also, if you eat half the pan, you’ve had a vegetable serving for the day. I didn’t tell you to do that though.

pumpkin mochi | almost getting it together

Pumpkin Mochi

Pumpkin Mochi
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese, Gluten Free
Serves: 25 pieces
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup glutinous sweet white rice flour
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients except rice flour well.
  4. Slowly add in rice flour with a wooden spoon, ¼ cup at a time.
  5. Once batter is well mixed, pour into prepared pan and smooth top with a spoon or spatula.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until top begins to brown and a fork inserted comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 80 Fat: 2.3 g Saturated fat: 1.1 g Carbohydrates: 13.5 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 6 mg Fiber: 0.6 g Protein: 1.5 g

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Have you ever had mochi? What is your favorite cultural dessert? Is pumpkin mochi taking it too far?

35 comments on “Pumpkin Mochi

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on October 13, 2014 7:15 am

I’m sorry, my brain just exploded. I need to try this like RIGHT NOW.
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:16 am

Come over, I still have most of the batch!

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Jessie on October 13, 2014 7:26 am

Since there is no way I’ll be vacationing in Japan anytime soon, this would be a great replacement. Perhaps I could even get a little japanese outfit to make it feel more authentic? :D
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:16 am

Haha yes, that would be amazing!

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Erin @ The Almon Eater on October 13, 2014 7:56 am

What the eff is mochi? Autocorrect keeps wanting to change it to kochi, and it kinda looks like “mocha” and now I’m just confused.

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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:16 am

I wanted to punch my computer for autocorrecting to kochi. I keep meaning to bring you and Ang some! (since you and I are basically coworkers now haha)

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on October 13, 2014 9:12 am

Never had mochi, but it has always seemed very intriguing ;)

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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:15 am

It’s so good!! Love the texture.

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Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits on October 13, 2014 9:28 am

YUM, I LOVE mochi (especially the ice cream version). Never had it with pumpkin before!
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:15 am

YES MOCHI ICE CREAM!!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on October 13, 2014 9:59 am

Wow, you are genius. Love your subs to make this a healthy recipe! I have never tried making mochi but definitely would love this version!
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:14 am

It was actually really fun to make… I’m sure you could come up with some amaze recipe for mochi

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Erica @ Coming Up Roses on October 13, 2014 12:18 pm

I love how you transformed this ridiculously unhealthy original into something that looks so much healthier and just as amazing! I would feel 100% guilt-free indulging in this sweet little pleasure. Thanks for sharing!

lovelovelove,
Erica
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:14 am

Haha mochi is so terrible for you made traditionally… this can be totally guilt free :)

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Emily @ Sweets and Beets on October 13, 2014 12:41 pm

What a cool idea! I have never made mochi, but I’m intrigued! Have a great day :)
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:14 am

Thanks, I hope you enjoy it!!

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Megan @ Fiterature on October 13, 2014 1:45 pm

This might have just cured my hatred for all all of the people obsessed with all of the things “pumpkin spiced”!
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:11 am

You can definitely have delicious pumpkin things without being insane pumpkin spice basic hahaha.

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Skye on October 13, 2014 5:14 pm

Pumpkin mochi? I’d never heard of such a thing, though we love regular mochi! Pinning this.
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:11 am

I need to try making regular mochi next!

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Erin on October 13, 2014 5:55 pm

These look amazing! I’ll definitely have to try them :)
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:11 am

I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on October 13, 2014 8:19 pm

Yummmm
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Arman @ thebigmansworld on October 14, 2014 5:00 am

My best friend and I sampled I think it was 6 flavours in Tokyo- three of them were beans but one was strawberry and it was amazing! I never even thought it could be made (stupid me). Forwarding her this.
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:11 am

Yay… oooh, now I want to make strawberry.

What is with bean and taro flavored desserts in the East? You crazy kids…

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Tina Muir on October 14, 2014 6:36 am

I had never even heard of mochi until you just mentioned it, but I like the look and sound of it, AND I have all the ingredients! Now I can eat what I want, so its go time! :)
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Cassie on October 15, 2014 12:10 am

Lesley and I were talking about how elites gain and lose weight for races yesterday and I thought about your post about that! I’m sure a couple extra pieces of mochi could help with that :)

Also, you can usually find little mochis at fro yo places!!

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Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) on October 15, 2014 9:06 pm

So intrigued by this mochi – only have had green tea flavor in the past.
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Cassie on October 20, 2014 8:19 am

Definitely let me know if you give it a try!

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Cat on October 20, 2014 2:06 am

Oh wow this is amazing! I love mochi so much – but I never thought I could make it before! And without a load of sugar and E numbers – amazing!
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Cassie on October 20, 2014 7:01 am

Yes, it was so easy and fun to make!

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Farrah on October 20, 2014 10:58 am

Oh hells yes! I have a whole crap ton of glutinous rice flour that I’ve been meaning to make mochi with. (Not sure why I never thought of making pumpkin mochi! Genius idea! :D ) Hopefully, it’ll be happening this weekend! :]
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:45 am

That is so interesting… what else do you use it for?

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