How To Make Mochi Muffins (Gluten-Free Butter Mochi Muffins)

How To Make Mochi Muffins (Gluten-Free Butter Mochi Muffins)

by Mana Sobral

Dessert Gluten Free Kid-Friendly Muffin Popular Potluck Food

Mochi muffins offer a delightful twist on traditional mochi, combining unique flavors and textures. These treats blend the chewy, dense nature of mochi with the familiar shape and slightly crispy exterior of a muffin. Originating from Hawaiian cuisine, mochi muffins, which are similar to butter mochi are celebrated for their rich, buttery flavor and satisfying chewiness.

The main ingredients for mochi muffins include mochiko flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and milk or coconut milk. This mixture creates a rich, slightly sweet batter that bakes into a golden-brown crust with a chewy interior. Coconut milk is a popular choice for its subtle tropical flavor and ability to keep the muffins moist.

Mochi muffins are versatile and can be enjoyed as a breakfast item, snack, or dessert. Their unique texture and taste have made them popular in bakeries and cafes, appealing to both mochi enthusiasts and those seeking something new. Typically baked in standard muffin tins, their size and shape can vary based on personal preference.

Making mochi muffins at home is relatively simple. The batter comes together quickly without needing extensive mixing or special equipment, making them accessible to bakers of all skill levels. The key to perfect mochi muffins lies in balancing the ingredients and baking time to achieve the ideal chewy texture.

As mochi muffins continue to gain popularity, they exemplify a trend of blending global ingredients and culinary techniques in baking. By marrying traditional Japanese and Hawaiian flavors with the familiar muffin form, they broaden culinary horizons and foster an appreciation for diverse food traditions. This fusion has cemented mochi muffins as a beloved treat enjoyed by many.


Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 45 mins

Total servings: 8

Difficulty: Easy

  • 160 g Glutinous Sweet Rice Flour (Mochiko)
  • 90 g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 200 ml Coconut Milk (Full Fat)
  • 1 Egg
  • 30 g Salted Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Roasted Black Sesame Seeds (topping)
  • 1 tsp Roasted White Sesame Seeds (topping)
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Expert's Tip


Gishi Mochiko Flour Japanese Glutinous Rice Flour is high-quality glutinous rice flour, also known as 'Mochiko' in Japanese. It can be used for making mochi or other gluten-free baked goods recipes where a sticky and chewy texture is desired!


mochi muffin ingredients
lining a muffin tin with liners
melting the butter

1) Gathering the Ingredients & Recipe Preparations

Gather the ingredients together. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl.

mixing the dry ingredients

2) Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Place rice flour and baking powder in a large bowl.

adding the wet ingredients into a bowl
mixing the wet ingredients together with a whisk
adding the coconut milk to the wet ingredients
mixing the coconut milk into the wet ingredients
mixed wet ingredients

3) Mixing the Wet Ingredients

Place eggs, sugar, and melted butter in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well. Add vanilla extract and coconut milk. Mix until combined. Set aside.

adding the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
mixing everything together with a whisk
mochi muffin batter

4) Combining the Dry and Wet Ingredients

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix together until everything is well combined.

pouring the mochi muffin batter into the lined muffin cups
topping the mochi muffins with sesame seeds and shredded coconut

5) Pouring the Batter Into the Muffin Tin

Pour the mochi muffin batter into the lined muffin cups. Sprinkle coconut flakes and sesame seeds on top if desired.

placing the mochi muffins into a preheated oven
checking the doneness of the mochi muffins with a toothpick

6) Baking the Mochi Muffins

Bake the mochi muffins for 30-35 minutes. They're done when a toothpick comes out clean!

cooled mochi muffins
inside of a mochi muffin

7) Enjoying the Mochi Muffins

When the mochi muffins are out of the oven, all there's left to do is enjoy!

Tip: Store leftover muffins in an airtight container in a cool place or the fridge for up to 3 days. If you refrigerate them, warm them up in the microwave or oven before serving for a best taste.

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