Mochi energy bar

So you guys might be wondering how a traditional Japanese rice cake treat can possibly be an energy bar. Well throw in some nuts, (Asian) red beans, and an oven-an uncommon feature in East Asian homes- and you’ve got a mochi energy bar.

Now I love  mochi, but the thought of it being mixed with nuts and baked like a cake didn’t sound too appealing to me when my mom offered to make me some. But she insisted and I obliged. And to my surprise it was awweessoommeee. It’s like a healthy ultra chewy brownie topped with almonds, except the brownie mix is, well mochi.

You may be wondering “what is mochi?” Well Wikipedia (apparently it’s not a word on says it’s a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice pounded into a paste and molded into shape.

I’ll admit, the process of making mochi doesn’t sound too appetizing, but it is scrumptious and doesn’t make me feel guilty. But don’t take my word for it. Try out the recipe for yourself. Enjoy!!


1. One box of mochi powder that you can find at the Asian aisle in grocery stores or any local oriental store.
2. One tsp of salt
3. One tsp of baking soda
4. One can of evaporated milk
5. Optional: A variety of nuts or beans. I used pumpkin and sunflower seeds, trail mix, almond slivers, and walnuts. You can also use Asian red beans (which is delish), but really you can use whatever is in your kitchen.

Utensils: A mixing spoon and a roughly 13×5 baking pan.
Step 1: set the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease the baking pan.
Step 2: In the mixing bowl, add the entire package of mochi, 1tsp baking soda, the can of condensed milk, and using that can, 3/4 of the can of water.
**use one can of water if using the red beans. If using just nuts then fill 3/4 of the can with water.
Step 3: Mix until mixture is smooth.

Step 4: Add  all nuts and mix again. It should now look a bit like chocolate chip cookie batter.

Step 5: Pour mixture into baking pan.
Step 6: Top with almond slivers, pressing them slightly into the  batter.

Step 7: Holding the pan with both hands, tap the pan on the counter to make sure there aren’t any air bubbles.
Step 8: Leave the pan in the oven for 45 minutes and do the toothpick test* to make sure it’s done.
Step 9: Let it cool for 10-15 minutes and voila! baked mochi, a healthy snack for people on the go.

*Toothpick test: Stick a toothpick in the center of a cake or mochi and take it back out. If nothing is on the toothpick then the cake is done, if not, leave it in for a few more minutes before attempting the test again.


8 Responses to Mochi energy bar

  1. That’s a good idea to just make your bars instead of going to wal-mart. How do they taste?

  2. Erin Harris says:

    I LOVE mochi! That’s the only topping I get at all the yogurt places around town. Someone told me they’re full of protein, but rice cake doesn’t sound very proteinous to me. I guess I’ll have to add nuts to my yogurt next time.

    This recipe sounds delish!!!

  3. Yum! I’m a big fan of granola. Maybe someday I will stray from my typical routine of store-bought snacks and attempt to make these. Are the Asian ingredients expensive?

  4. Leigh. says:

    This is awesome. I am one of those crazy people regularly shells out $1.50 apiece for Lara bars, so this is ample inspiration to prep some bars myself.

    I’ve actually made some granola-type bar recipes in the past, this is one recipe I used and really liked:

  5. Adam Aldrete says:

    Awesome post! I’m always looking for new bars, maybe this will be more cost-efficient then buying them pre-made. They sounds awesome!


  6. Bill Bowman says:

    Great post. I have no cooking skills whatsoever, but this looks doable. Maybe I will try it during winter break!

  7. Austin Ries says:

    Awesome idea for another angle on fitness in Austin. I think a lot of people disregard diet when trying to gain muscle and loose weight when in fact its crucial to success. Hope to see some more recipes!

  8. This was one of my favorite recipes, great, thanks.

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