It's mochi made with almond milk! This vegan almond milk mochi only requires 3 ingredients, no-bake, and takes only 10 minutes to make.
Almond milk is a dairy-free and lactose-free alternative to cow’s milk made from finely ground almonds, water and a pinch of salt. Almond milk's creamy texture and subtle flavor make it versatile in both sweet and savory dishes.
And it turns out, it's a great addition to mochi, too.
Though most mochi recipes are made with glutinous rice flour, sugar and water, the addition of almond milk to the sweet rice dough adds a slightly creamier texture. If you use vanilla or honey-sweetened almond milk, those flavors will also come through in between the chewy, soft bites of this mochi!
Ingredients Used to Make Almond Milk Mochi
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Almond Milk - I used the regular (sweetened) vanilla almond milk. If you are using unsweetened, the mochi will be slightly bland, but the results will be similar.
- Glutinous Rice Flour - this goes by many names. You'll see Glutinous Rice Flour and Mochiko Flour (my favorite brand) in Asian grocery stores, and Sweet White Rice Flour in most other stores. ***Please note that regular white rice flour or brown rice flour is NOT the same thing as glutinous rice flour!!!
Cornstarch (or Oil) - for dusting the mochi and to keep the mochi from sticking to your hands. You can also use olive or melted coconut oil on your hands and pan.
For the Filling, You'll Need
While you can use any filling of choice, this is the one I used in the photos
- Almond paste – almond paste is a fudgy, sweet moldable paste that’s made from ground almonds, sugar and water. Be sure to watch the ingredient list, though, if you are following a vegan diet. Sometimes storebought almond pastes contain egg whites. You can buy them in most grocery stores, or via Amazon here
Is Almond Paste Vegan-Friendly?
Some storebought almond paste contain egg whites, so they may not always be vegan, but the brand of almond paste that I used only had almonds, sugar and water as the main ingredient, so yes, this one was vegan.
Step by Step Guide
How to Make Easy Vegan Almond Milk Mochi
Prepare the almond paste filling by rolling them into 1-2 Tbsp sized balls
In a microwave-safe bowl (preferably glass, like pyrex), mix the sweet rice flour with almond milk
Microwave the combined dough in the microwave for 2 minutes. Use a solid metal spoon to stir the cooked mochi mixture so that no lumps are remaining. Return to microwave and heat for an additional 1 minute.
You'll know when the dough is ready when the dough is slightly translucent
Drop the hot mochi dough onto a surface floured with corn starch (or greased with oil). Handle with care, or use vinyl gloves, as the mochi dough will be HOT. Unfortunately, you have to work quickly to shape the mochi before they cool.
Use kitchen shears/ scissors to cut the mochi into 6 pieces, and fill with prepared filling such as sweetened adzuki paste. Wrap the mochi dough around the prepared filling and seal the ends
serve when the dough has completely cooled. Enjoy!
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- You can add different flavorings to the almond milk mochi dough before cooking. For example, you can add either a teaspoon of coffee extract or espresso powder, cocoa, cinnamon or Cardamom Powder. They're not typically added in a traditional recipe, but you're welcome to experiment!
Other Mochi Filling Options
- Almond Paste with Mini Chocolate Chips - Mix almond paste and mini chocolate chips together to make a vegan "cookie dough" filling, like below!
- Sweetened Red Bean Paste (a.k.a. Koshi An): I eat this stuff by spoonfuls! It's a versatile ingredient that goes inside my sweet rice mochi recipe as well my tofu mochi recipe, but it's also used as fillings inside sweet breads, pancakes, cookies and more. You can find Sweetened Red Bean paste in most Asian grocery stores, and online. There are Fine and Coarse kinds
How to Store Vegan Almond Milk Mochi
- The mochi can be kept covered at room temperature for up to 24 hours. For longer storage, I would freeze the mochi in a plastic freezer bag or an airtight container, then defrost at room temperature when ready to eat.
- The reason I don't recommend storing them in the fridge is that mochi usually tend to develop a weird waxy, hard texture when stored in the fridge. So eat within a day or freeze for best results.
- Use a solid metal spoon (wooden spoons might break!) to stir the cooked mochi mixture so that the cooked and uncooked parts are evenly mixed
- Use a microwave-safe bowl, preferably glass like pyrex
See all my Mochi Recipes (HERE)
Easy Vegan Almond Milk Mochi
- 1 (8oz) box almond paste , or filling of choice
Prepare the filling (optional)
- Prepare mochi filling by rolling about 1-2 Tablespoons of almond paste into balls. Set aside. If you would like to eat the mochi plain, you can skip this step.
Make the Mochi
- In a microwaveable glass bowl (like Pyrex), mix the almond milk with mochiko flour
- Microwave the almond milk-mochi mixture for 2 minutes
- Use a SOLID METAL spoon (wooden spoons might break!) to stir the cooked mochi so that the cooked and uncooked parts are evenly mixed, about 1 minutes
- Microwave the mochi mixture again, this time for 1 minute. The resulting batter will be thick and slightly translucent.
- Pour the cooked mochi onto the baking pan either sprinkled with starch or lightly greased with olive oil
- Cut the mochi into 6 pieces using scissors
- Fill with prepared almond paste filling. Enjoy!