These chewy black sesame mochi muffins are topped with crunchy chopped macadamia nuts. They are the perfect muffin for all mochi lovers! They have a delicious fluffy but chewy texture that mochi is known for, and there is also a dairy-free option!

Black sesame mochi muffins cooling on a wire rack.

If you love mochi, you won’t believe how good this mochi muffin recipe is! They have all of the chewy texture of mochi but in a handy handheld muffin form!! I include some tasty flavor variations further down.

I have been making mochi for a number of years, and after watching the Master Class lecture on mochi cakes and muffins, I knew I had to make a version of these.

If you love mochi, you will also want to try my Hawaiian Butter Mochi and Matcha Mochi recipes. They are both naturally gluten free!

Why we love this mochi muffin recipe:

  1. All you need are a few simple ingredients to make these delicious muffins.
  2. You do not need a fancy gluten free flour blend to make these homemade gluten free mochi muffins.
  3. They have the same incredible soft, chewy mochi texture, but they bake with a delicious, slightly crisp golden outside that makes them even better!
  4. This mochi muffin recipe is super easy to add fun flavors to have variety.
  5. They freeze and reheat well!

Check out all of my incredible gluten free muffins recipes!

Allergen Information:

These homemade mochi muffins are gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and oat-free. Make them dairy-free using plant-based butter.

Photos of the mochi ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Sweet Rice Flour -I used Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour. It is also called glutinous rice flour. It is a very fine powder because it is milled very fine. Don’t let the name fool you because it is very different and has rice gluten, which is not an issue for Celiac. It is a sweet rice flour that is naturally gluten free. Do not use brown rice flour or regular rice flour. Neither of those other rice flours will work in this recipe. You can find Mochiko in most grocery stores or Asian grocery stores.
  • Black Sesame Seeds – You can use regular white sesame seeds or omit them if you are allergic to sesame. (If you omit them, add 2 additional tablespoons of the rice flour.
  • Brown Sugar – For best results, I like to use dark brown sugar because it has such delicious sweetness, but you can use light brown or regular white sugar if you prefer.
  • Eggs – Use large eggs.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter. You can also use vegan butter to make these mochi muffins dairy-free.
  • Coconut Milk – For this recipe, you should use full-fat canned coconut milk. It adds richness and delicious flavor.

Recipe Step By Step Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350º F and set the oven rack in the middle.

Photos of the mochi wet and dry ingredients in bowls.

Step 1: In a large bowl, add the mochi flour, brown sugar, black sesame seeds, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine the ingredients.

Step 2: Add the egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, and canned coconut milk to a medium bowl.

👀 Sandi Says: Solid coconut cream in the can is normal, and you should use it. Whisk or use an electric hand mixer to blend it. The coconut cream mixes easily after a minute or two.

Photos of the mochi muffin batter in a muffin tin.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently. Try not to overmix the batter because it will remove the air bubbles from the batter.

Step 4: Fill a muffin tin with muffin liners. Fill each 3/4 full of mochi batter. You can use a regular cupcake tin or a mini muffin pan.

Step 5: Chop macadamia nuts on a cutting board. Sprinkle each muffin with crushed macadamia nuts.

Step 6: Bake the muffins at 350º F for 50 minutes. The total time to bake will depend on the size of your muffins. Your muffins will puff up a little and sink slightly as they cool, which is normal.

Step 7: Remove the muffin pan from the oven. Move the baked mochi muffins to a wire rack to cool.

Baked mochi muffins in a muffin tin.

Need help with your muffins? I have a great gluten free muffin troubleshooting guide, and here are my favorite tools for making muffins.

Try these fun flavor variations!

  • Substitute mini chocolate chips for the black sesame seeds if you are allergic to sesame.
  • Add 2 1/2 tablespoons of matcha powder and use white sugar instead of brown sugar.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest in place of the vanilla extract. Sprinkle the top with toasted shredded coconut.
  • Drizzle dark chocolate over the top, or dust the top in powdered sugar.

Storage:

Store the cooled muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Because they are chewy and moist, they will spoil quickly if left out on the counter.

A black sesame mochi muffin cut in half on a plate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who invented mochi muffins?

Chef Sam Butarbutar invented mochi muffins back in 2014. His entire restaurant, Third Culture Bakery in Berkeley, is gluten free. I don’t live far from Berkeley, so I hope to visit his bakery this summer.

Can you freeze mochi muffins?

These muffins freeze nicely. Put cooled muffins into a zipper bag and freeze for up to 4 months. To thaw the sweet rice flour muffins, just leave them out on the counter for 20 minutes or microwave one for 35 seconds.

More Gluten Free Muffin Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Black sesame mochi muffins cooling on a wire rack.

Black Sesame Mochi Muffins

Sandi Gaertner
Chewy soft black sesame mochi muffins topped with crushed macadamia nuts make a delicious treat for mochi lovers!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Gluten Free Muffins Recipes
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 318 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups sweet rice flour Mochiko Brand * see note
  • 1 cup brown sugar light or dark brown is fine
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder aluminum free
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs size large
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 13.5 ounces canned coconut milk full fat
  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the mochi flour, brown sugar, black sesame seeds, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine the ingredients together.
  • In a smaller bowl, add the egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, and canned coconut milk. Whisk or use an electric mixer to blend the wet ingredients.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently. Try not to overmix the batter because it will remove the air bubbles from the batter.
  • Fill a muffin tin with muffin liners. Fill each 3/4 full of mochi batter.
  • If you are using the optional macadamia nuts, chop the macadamia nuts on a cutting board. Sprinkle each muffin with crushed macadamia nuts.
  • Bake the muffins at 350º F for 50 minutes. Your muffins will puff up a little and sink slightly as they cool and that is normal.
  • Remove the muffin pan from the oven. Move the baked mochi muffins to a wire cooling rack.

Notes

  1. Be sure to use sweet rice flour. Brown and white rice flours will not work in this recipe. I really like the Mochiko brand. It is easy to find in most grocery stores.
  2. You can use whole black sesame seeds or ground sesame seeds.
  3. Store these mochi muffins in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
For flavor options and more fun tips, please read the blog post.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 227mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 158IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 1mg
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