Peanut-Covered Mochi


 (Jane Bruce)

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Mochi is oftentimes loved or hated, but for those who love the sweet, sticky treat, this recipe with ground peanuts makes a surprisingly light dessert. 


  • 1 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, roasted and ground into powder
  • 3 tablespoon white sugar, or to taste


Step 1

  • In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the rice flour, cornstarch, ½ teaspoon oil, and water. Stir until smooth.

Step 2

  • Microwave on intervals of 20-30 seconds, mixing in between cooking times, until the mochi is slightly transparent throughout (about 5-6 times). It does not have to be even.

Step 3

  • In a plastic sandwich bag, rub the remaining oil inside and place the mochi within. Knead with hands until the mochi absorbs most of the oil. Let cool.

Step 4

  • Mix together ground peanuts and sugar.

Step 5

  • Place mochi into the mixture, and using 2 chopsticks, cut the mochi into bite-sized pieces, coating with peanuts. Serve.


  • You can buy pre-ground peanut powder at local specialty markets. You can also use ground sesame instead of peanuts.