Gluten-Free Mochi Waffle Recipe

Have you ever wished you could enjoy your mochi in steaming, crunchy, waffle form? Well, your wish is our command!

A Short History of this Mochi Waffle Recipe

Unlike the 2021 television production Mochi + Waffle, this recipe does not feature cute puppets and Michelle Obama. However, like Mochi + Waffle, this recipe received rave reviews. Indeed, mochi and waffles really are a winning combination, since they allow us to combine the chewy texture and mild sweetness of butter mochi with the crispy exterior of waffles.

Please do not confuse this mochi waffle with a moffle, which is another combination of mochi and waffles. The Moffle consists of mochi rice cake toasted in a waffle iron. In this recipe, we simply replace the all purpose flour in a classic waffle recipe with mochiko flour, or sweet glutinous rice flour, and add in some coconut milk.

What is Mochi?

Mochiko Flour, or sweet rice flour, is made by pounding sweet glutinous rice into a flour. Mochiko flour has a different flavor and texture from regular rice flour, so please don’t confuse the two! Because the rice is naturally gluten free, these waffles are gluten free. You can buy mochiko flour in Asian grocery stores, or on Amazon. We like either the Bob’s Red Mill or Koda Farms brand.

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Toppings for Chewy Mochi Waffles

Unlike American waffles, these mochi waffles don’t need maple syrup! This chewy mochi waffle recipe is quite rich, so we like it served with a little bit of fresh fruit. It’s also very tasty to take these sweet waffles to the savory side, by melting some cheddar cheese on top and sprinkling it with a bit of cooked bacon. If you were enjoying these for dessert, rather than breakfast, you could go all-out with some chocolate syrup or ice cream.

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Mochi Waffle Recipe

Mochi Waffle Recipe

This mochi waffle recipe produces waffles that are lightly sweet, chewy on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. A waffle eater's dream!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Hawaiian, Japanese
Servings 4 waffles

Equipment

  • belgian waffle iron

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cups mochiko flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Fire up your waffle iron on medium heat and let it heat up while you mix together the batter.
  • Sift the dry ingredients (mochiko flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) together into a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the center, and stir in the coconut milk, melted butter, milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until thoroughly combined. The mochi waffle batter will be fairly runny and a bright white color.
  • Spray the waffle iron with non-stick spray. Pour the amount of batter specified by your waffle iron manufacturer onto the waffle iron and follow your waffle iron's instructions to cook.

Notes

These delicious mochi waffles are best served immediately, when their crispy edges are at their crispiest!
These waffles are quite rich, so even though the recipe only makes enough for four, you may well find yourself with leftovers. You can store the uncooked batter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days. Or, you can freeze the cooked waffles in a freezer-safe bag and revive them in the toaster oven as needed.
Keyword coconut, mochi
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