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Green tea mochi with chocolate filling

close-up photo of green tea mochi with a chocolate center

I’ve enjoyed the combination of chocolate and green tea, so for a while now I’ve thought of making green tea mochi with chocolate. But I wasn’t really sure how to accomplish it.

This weekend, I tested it out. I made some chocolate ganache, which I then refrigerated so that it became pretty solid. After that, I rolled them into small balls, and set them aside for the chocolate filling.  Then I made the mochi dough, which I previously have made before, using the microwave.

close-up photo of a piece of green tea mochi

I had to let the mochi dough cool a little because it was melting the chocolate ganache. But I couldn’t let the dough completely cool because then I couldn’t work with it anymore. So the chocolate did melt. But I put in the fridge for a little bit and that firmed up the chocolate a bit.  I liked the end result. Chocolate and green tea mochi is a good combination. The chocolate is a bit liquidy, but I think it tastes good that way.

close-up photo of a piece of mochi in a cupcake liner

I didn’t have time to take too many photos because my hands were so sticky and I had to work fast before the mochi hardened.

photo of green tea mochi

These don’t keep well. Definitely make and serve within the same day if possible.

Green Tea Mochi with Chocolate Filling

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
Chocolate and green tea is a delicious combination and this mochi with a chocolate center are a sweet treat. Make sure you have chocolate ganache that has been thoroughly chilled and hardened in the fridge (a few hours or overnight). You can find my recipe for chocolate ganache here.


  • 1 cup Mochiko glutinous rice flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp green tea powder
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Cornstarch/potato starch/or tapioca starch – for dusting


  • Take chilled chocolate ganache and roll it into balls approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. Make 6 balls.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, mix together mochiko glutinous rice flour, sugar, green tea and water. Mix well.
  • Microwave the mixture on high for two minutes. Remove and stir quickly, until dough is evenly mixed. Return to the microwave and cook for another 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. I had to play around with the timing of this for a while. The first time I overcooked the mochi and it was too hard.
  • Scoop up a little more than one tablespoon of dough. Dust a plate or counter top with either cornstarch, tapioca starch or potato starch.
  • Let the dough cool enough so that it is still hot but you can work with it without burning yourself. Dust your fingers and palms with starch and flatten a piece of dough while it is still hot and put in the filling, then wrap dough around the filling and seal the opening with a tight pinch. Repeat until all dough is used up. Refrigerate the mochi for about 15- 30 minutes before serving. Don't refrigerate for an extended period of time or else the dough will harden. These are best the day they are made.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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12 comments on “Green tea mochi with chocolate filling”

  1. I am sorry for my previous comment. Upon further research the glutinous is just saying sticky as far as I can tell. I’m so sorry.

    • Thanks for coming back to apologize. I always wondered why they call it glutinous flour when it is gluten free because it does sound like it contains gluten. I can see why there would be confusion.

  2. GLUTINOUS rice flour is NOT gluten free. It’s riceflour that they pretty much just added straight gluten to. Please know what your marking as gluten free. I’d very much appreciate it if you removed the “gluten-free” tag on this recipe. It’s false.

  3. Lovely mochi.
    I had an idea to prevent melting. If you made little chocolate ganache balls and froze them beforehand, when you went to work with them with the warm mochi dough they might not melt so much.

  4. thanks for the tips kirbie!

  5. It tastes pretty yummy with the flowing chocolate. And since the ganache is a bit thicker than just regular melted chocolate, you can take a bite without it becoming messy and dripping.

  6. You could always make it without green tea powder. I think it’ll still taste good.
    I usually use corn starch. But you can also use tapioca or potato starch, which I usually get at Ranch 99. It’s in the flour section.

  7. Wooo wooo…the chocolate is flowing out! :p …if I pop the whole mochi into my mouth, I can imagine the chocolate explosion.

  8. hi kirbie
    great combo of flavors. i think i may even attempt making this. the only ingredient i would need to buy would be the green tea powder. i usually have mochi flour on hand when i want to make palitao. your recipe looks pretty easy to do.
    i have cornstarch, but where can you get tapioca or potato starch?

  9. I was surprised and happy with how tasty these came out. I hope you like them too.

  10. This looks. good. Love the combination. Definitley going to try this.