Mochi Brownies (Gluten-Free)

By: takestwoeggsPosted: 21/06/2021 Updated: 27/11/2023
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Total 1 hour
These chocolatey fudge butter mochi brownies will instantly satisfy your chocolate cravings. These mochi brownies are chocolatey, buttery and has the perfect amount of chewiness. BONUS: They are gluten free.
Mochi Brownies (Gluten-Free)

Calling all chocolate lovers! These chocolatey fudge butter mochi brownies will instantly satisfy your chocolate cravings. These mochi brownies are chocolatey, and buttery, and have the perfect amount of chewiness. BONUS: They are gluten-free.

Stack of mochi brownies

If you love mochi and brownies, you HAVE to try these butter mochi brownies. This easy recipe is a chocolate adaptation to the popular Hawaiian butter mochi dessert. They have everything you love and could ever want in a mochi brownie. That shiny crackly crust, deep rich chocolatey flavor, and that airy chewy texture. Bring these mochi brownies to your next party and a side of Chicken Katsu Curry Sliders and everyone will praise you for your culinary skills!

Looking down onto a platter of mochi brownies in a grid

What makes these mochi brownies the BEST?

Yo girl has eaten A LOT of brownies and brownie recipes. Almost every month I crave brownies and I sample a new recipe. I am a self-proclaimed brownie connoisseur. And I must say, this butter mochi brownie is truly *chef’s kiss. They have that signature crackly top, a beautifully chewy texture, and a rich chocolatey fudgy flavor. Don’t believe me? Go try it out yourself!

A detail shot of the inside of a mochi brownie

Are Mochi Brownies gluten-free?

Yes! These butter mochi brownies are a little bit cake and a little bit brownie. This is a delicious gluten-free alternative because it uses glutinous sweet rice flour instead of regular all-purpose flour. The rice flour creates a soft, chewy, and spongy mochi texture that we all love.

someone grabbing a mochi brownie from a platter of brownies

Can you make this Butter Mochi Brownie in a different-sized pan?

Of course! I used a standard aluminum 8×8 baking pan for the thickness of these butter mochi brownies. You can also use a 9×9 baking pan or a 9×13 baking pan. But please note that using a large pan will result in a shorter thickness! Moreover, the larger pan will also require a shorter baking time.

Ingredients

  • Mochiko Rice Flour: also glutinous sweet rice flour. Make sure you use SWEET rice flour and not regular rice flour. It gives the best chewy texture that you want. You can buy Mochiko online here or at your local Asian grocery market in the baking aisle.
  • Cocoa powder: for best results use Dutch processed cocoa powder. I love using Rodelle’s cocoa powder for all my chocolate recipes. You can buy Rodelle’s cocoa powder online here.
  • Baking Powder: the baking powder acts as the rising agent in this recipe. It allows the mochi to be less dense and have a bit of that airy brownie texture.
  • Kosher Salt: the salt balances out all the sugar and chocolate flavors
  • Chocolate Chips: you can pick dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate chips for your flavor preferences. I recommend buying high-quality melting chocolates. I love using Callebaut melting chocolates.
  • Unsalted butter: unsalted butter allows you to control the salt level in your bake.
  • Large Eggs: eggs act as a binding and rising agent for the brownies.
  • Granulated Sugar: granulated sugar sweetens the recipe.
  • Vanilla: the vanilla sweetens the mochi brownies.
  • Coffee: the coffee deepens the chocolate flavor without actually coming through. You won’t be able to taste the coffee at all. For best results, make sure your coffee is deep, rich, and at room temperature. I used Vietnamese coffee for that bold flavor.
  • Whole Milk: You can use other milk alternatives. If you are lactose-free like us, we recommend lactose-free milk for that rich milk flavor without the lactose.
  • Coconut Milk: Use whole-fat canned coconut milk. Do not use reduced-fat coconut milk it is not as thick and is more liquid than full fat. I used Chaokoh Coconut milk in this recipe.

How To Make Mochi Brownies

This mochi brownie recipe is pretty simple and no fancy equipment is needed. All you need are 3 mixing bowls and a whisk and you are ready to go!

  1. Prepare the oven and the pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a square 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Generously butter the parchment paper.
someone brushing oil onto a baking pan
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sweet rice flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and kosher salt.
someone mixing brownie mix in a glass bowl
  1. Melt the butter and chocolate chips. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of boiling water until smooth. Stir often to prevent burning. Alternatively, microwave the butter and chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments and stir in between each increment to ensure even melting. Set aside to cool.
Someone mixing chocolate in a bowl over hot water
  1. Whisk the remaining wet ingredients + sugar. In a third mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, room temperature coffee, milk, and coconut milk until thoroughly mixed and the sugar has dissolved.
someone mixing coconut milk batter with a whisk
  1. Combine the mixtures. Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Then pour in the chocolate-butter mixture and mix until combined.
someone whisking mochi brownie batter
  1. Bake and cool. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake at 350°F in the center of the oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool the mochi brownies on a wire rack in the pan before unmolding.
Mochi brownies in a grid with one brownie flipped

Tips For The Best Mochi Brownies

  • Use a scale! For the best results, use a scale to measure the ingredients instead of relying on your measuring cups and spoons. This allows for more accuracy.
  • Use Koda Farms Mochiko. This is by far the best quality glutinous rice flour out there on the market. For the best chewy texture, go with Mochiko.
  • Prepare your pan with parchment paper and butter. This mochi brownie will come out pretty sticky and having a lined and greased cake pan will help you remove the brownie easily.
  • For that shiny crinkle top, whisk the sugar with the wet ingredients. Dissolving the sugar in the wet ingredients dissolves the sugar and that is key for the crinkle top.
  • Don’t be alarmed if the brownies puff up during baking. This is due to the baking powder in the recipe. The brownies will settle and fall once you pull them out of the oven.

Storage Instructions

You can keep these butter mochi brownies in an airtight container in a cool dry place at room temperature for up to 4 days.

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A closeup stack of mochi brownies

Mochi Brownies (Gluten-Free)

4.29 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
These chocolatey fudge butter mochi brownies will instantly satisfy your chocolate cravings. These mochi brownies are chocolatey, buttery and has the perfect amount of chewiness. BONUS: They are gluten free.
Servings: 8 brownies
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Ingredients

  • 230 g (1 1/2 cup) Mochiko Rice Flour
  • 23 g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 6 g (1/2 tablespoon) baking powder
  • 1 g (1/4 teaspoon) kosher salt
  • 142 g (3/4 cup) dark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 85 g (6 tablespoon) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 300 g (1 1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 5 g (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 60 g (1/4 cup) coffee room temperature
  • 117 g (1/2 cup) whole milk room temperature
  • 200 g (3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon) Coconut milk full fat

Instructions

  • Prepare the oven and the pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a square 8 by 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Generously butter the parchment paper.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sweet rice flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and kosher salt.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate chips. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water until smooth. Stir often to prevent burning. Alternatively, microwave the butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments and stir in between each increment to ensure even melting. Set aside to cool.
  • Whisk the remaining wet ingredients. In a third mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, room temperature coffee, milk, and coconut milk until thoroughly mixed and the sugar has dissolved.
  • Combine the mixtures. Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Then pour in the chocolate butter mixture and mix until combined.
  • Bake and cool. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake at 350°F in the center of the oven for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool the mochi brownies on a wire rack in the pan before unmolding.

Notes

  • Use a scale! For the best results, use a scale to measure out the ingredients instead of relying on your measuring cups and spoons. This allows for more accuracy.
  • Use Koda Farms Mochiko. This is by far the best quality glutinous rice flour out there on the market. For the best chewy texture, go with Mochiko.
  • Prepare your pan with parchment paper and butter. This mochi brownie will come out pretty sticky and having a lined and greased cake pan will help you remove the brownie easily.
  • For that shiny crinkle top, whisk the sugar with the wet ingredients. Dissolving the sugar in the wet ingredients dissolves the sugar and that is key for the crinkle top.
  • Don't be alarmed if the brownies puff up during baking. This is due to the baking powder in the recipe. The brownies will settle and fall once you pull it out of the oven.
  • Storage Instructions: You can keep these butter mochi brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Nutrition:

Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Came out so chewy, everyone loved them. I’d recommend using semisweet or milk chocolate chips because I used a mix of semisweet and dark and it came out with a little more dark chocolate bitterness than expected. Also the coffee didn’t make a huge differnce but I actually think I liked the batch I made without the coffee better, even though I love coffee 😛 Overall awesome recipe!