Matcha (Green Tea) Mochi Bars

Green Tea Matcha Mochi Bars

Judy Ung

  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 24 squares (serves 24)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
194 Calories
5g Fat
33g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24 squares (serves 24)
Amount per serving
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 4g
Calcium 19mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Matcha flavored mochi bars, while perhaps not considered traditional Japanese mochi, are nevertheless delicious and addicting. The texture is chewy, gooey, and sweet with a hint of matcha. The matcha flavor of these mochi bars is a result of adding culinary grade matcha powder to the batter. While the recipe calls for two tablespoons of matcha, I encourage you to add up to 2 1/2 tablespoons for more flavor. Dust the mochi with a touch of powdered sugar for aesthetics and a little extra sweetness. This mochi bar recipe is great for parties and potlucks. 

Fresh out of the oven, these mochi bars also have an unexpected crust which contrasts the chewiness of the mochi with a delightful baked crunch. These mochi bars are best enjoyed on the same day that they are baked, especially if you'd like to experience that delicious fresh baked crust. Note that if the mochi bars are not enjoyed on the same day they are baked, they may be refrigerated and reheated but the fresh baked crust will have softened by then.

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can of coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (pure or imitation)
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar (use less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 16-ounce box Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour (Blue Star Brand by Koda Farms)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • canola oil cooking spray
  • Optional: powdered sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine coconut milk, water, vanilla extract, and sugar. Using a hand mixer, mix until sugar is well incorporated and somewhat dissolved.

  3. Add baking powder and slowly add mochiko (sweet rice flour) about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well each time. As you continue to add more mochiko, the batter will thicken. 

  4. After all the mochiko has been mixed in, add 2 1/2 tablespoons matcha powder and incorporate well. Using a spatula instead of a hand mixer works fine, too.

  5. Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch oven safe glass baking dish with canola oil cooking spray. Coat well to prevent the baked mochi from sticking to the baking dish.

  6. Bake mochi in preheated oven for 1 hour until the ends become browned and chewy.

  7. Allow the mochi to cool to room temperature. Using a plastic knife or a ceramic knife, cut the mochi into large squares (this prevents mochi from sticking to the knife).

  8. Dust mochi with powdered sugar

  9. It is best if enjoyed immediately while the crust is fresh!

  10. If needed, mochi may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Mochi stored in the refrigerator tend to become hard and should be warmed in a microwave before eating.