Microwave Matcha Mochi Cups

I’m excited to share this new recipe. Not only does it involve one of my favorite foods (mochi), but it’s also gluten free and pretty healthy for a dessert.

I’ve been wanting to try to make a mochi mug cake for a while now because I’m obsessed with mochi. Of course, the first one I wanted to try was matcha mochi cake.


Because mochi is so dense, it’s not meant to be eaten in large quantities like normal cake. Even when I make a mochi cake, I cut them into small squares, and one or two squares is enough for me. So I didn’t really want to make it in a giant mug because it would be too much. Also mochi is hard to eat with a spoon. It’s better to be picked up and bitten into because of the chewy texture.

So rather than making it in a giant mug, I decided to cook them in these small tea cups. They came out the perfect serving size and you can eat it with a spoon or just pop it out and bite into it.

These came out perfectly. I love how quick they are to make and the pretty green color. As a bonus, the recipe is gluten free and doesn’t use any oil. One serving is only 215 calories and you get all the health benefits of green tea too.

I guess this technically isn’t a mug cake, but it’s the same idea so I’m including it in my mug cake series. You can view my other mug cakes here.

Matcha Mochi Cups


4 tbsp mochiko or glutinous rice flour
4 tbsp sugar
1 tsp high quality matcha green tea powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
5 tbsp milk
1 egg


1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and matcha powder in a small bowl. Make sure to thoroughly mix before adding in liquids or else the matcha powder will separate and you'll end up with many chunks of matcha powder that won't smooth out.
2. Add in the egg and milk and stir until smooth. There may be a few bits of matcha powder that don't completely mix, but that's okay. You'll just have a few dark green specks in your mochi.
3. Take 2 teacups, pour half of mixture into one and half into the second tea cup. Cook 1 teacup in microwave for 1 min 30 seconds. Repeat with second tea cup. Serve after mochi has cooled

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