This gluten free matcha green tea mochi is a delicious Japanese dessert that my kids LOVE.
Have you ever tried matcha green tea?
It is full of health benefits. The antioxidant EGCG in matcha has been attributed to boosting metabolism, helping ward off cancer, detoxifying the body, and helping to calm the mind. Matcha green tea is rich in vitamin C, selenium, zinc, chromium, and magnesium.
Matcha is delicious in many baked good like this matcha green tea mochi recipe. Most mochi is shaped like balls, but I made my mochi in a sheet pan to make it easy. If you have tried a Japanese mochi rice cake recipe in the past, this flavorful twist will be worth trying.
Maybe these benefits are why I love green tea lattes from Starbucks 🙂 . These are definitely my guilty pleasure when I don’t want a lot of caffeine. I love that Tazo made the matcha powder for Starbucks because it means this tea is gluten free.
Many matcha blends are not gluten free. (NOTE: DO NOT BUY TRADER JOE’s new matcha!! It is full of gluten.) It is important to read the ingredients carefully when buying matcha green tea powder.
When I first started to write this post, I didn’t realize how it was very hard to locate and purchase the Tazo matcha tea powder! My mother in law had given me a big bag that she was able to purchase at a Starbucks store.
One place you can find a pre-sweetened matcha blend from different companies is via Amazon. They carry quite a few brands.
If you prefer to make your own, it is very easy to make. Just take unsweetened matcha powder and add an extra teaspoon of sugar to your baking. (3 teaspoons matcha to 1 teaspoon sugar is my favorite ratio. You can mix up a bigger batch and keep it sealed in a container to use as needed.)
I have been craving mochi lately.
When Skool’s Executive Chef shared her Auntie’s Hawaiian Bata Mochi recipe with us, it was wildly popular. When I go to our Japanese grocery, Mitsuwa, I always see mochi in many different colors and flavors. I was sure I could do this with the matcha powder. I am usually able to find the sweet mochi rice flour while I am at this grocery, but when I can’t, Amazon carries several brands that work really well with this mochi recipe.
First I tried using coconut sugar…although the flavor was great, it made my mochi a light greenish, yellowish mud color 🙁 .
For this recipe I decided to use organic white sugar so it would not mess with the greenish matcha color I wanted.
This is the green color I was striving for! Pour it into a baking dish and bake the mochi.
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Tools You Need To Make This Recipe:
- This baking pan is the perfect size to make these mochi in.
- This electric mixer makes the batter really smooth.
How to make Japanese matcha green tea mochi:
Easy gluten free matcha green tea mochi.
Preheat the oven to 325.
Spray baking dish with non-stick spray. (I use coconut oil spray.)
Mix all dry ingredients including sugar.
Whisk to blend.
Add melted butter and coconut milk.
Put into a baking dish. I used an 8x8 pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until done in the middle.
More Yummy Desserts to Try!
Have you tried some fun flavors of mochi? I would love to hear what you have found!
Try this Hawaiian Bata Mochi recipe!