Baked Mochi – A Delightful Snack!

We have a new favorite snack at Arogya: baked brown rice mochi topped off with a bit of raw honey and sesame seeds.  This warm delight is a perfect compliment to a hot cup of tea, especially in the dead of winter.

Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from sweet, glutinous short-grain brown rice.  It’s highly versatile, lending itself well to both sweet and savory dishes (you might be familiar with mochi ice cream).  To make mochi, rice is soaked, then steamed and pounded into a smooth paste.  This paste is then spread thinly on a baking sheet to cool.  When baked, the mochi puffs up into a delicious, moist yet crispy treat.

We are in the process of creating a simplified DIY mochi recipe (stay-tuned!).  In the meantime, we absolutely recommend Grainaissance’s organic mochi. Look for it at your local health food store.

Note: Despite its name, glutinous rice is gluten-free. The term glutinous is used to describe its sticky nature.

To Make Baked Mochi Squares 

  1. Preheat oven to 450ºFarenheit.
  2. Next, cut the mochi into 1” to 2” squares.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes, until desired level of puffiness.
  4. Enjoy as it or with a little honey and sesame seeds!


By Sophie Slater