We’re on the way back from the beach this morning so I’m car bloggin’. It’s always a bummer when vacation time is over but it’s nice to know that once I get home I’ll still be on vacation from work. Staycations are awesome, although I will miss the heated pools and hot tubs…
While at the beach, we had a kitchen in our room so we ate quite a few meals and snacks there. Isaac’s mom brought a lot of food with her. She’s very much into healthy eating and she always introduces me to fun healthy food items (banana ice cream, goji berries, cacao powder, brown rice krispie treats, etc) and this week was no different. Only, this time it was Mochi!
Mochi is a bake-and-serve rice snack made from whole grain brown rice. It comes in a square package (similar to packaged cookie dough). You simply cut it into 1-1/2 inch squares and bake in a pre-heated 450° F oven for 8-10 minutes. The rice puffs up, the outside becomes crispy and the inside still has a bit of doughy, chewiness to it.
The flavor is similar to that of brown rice (no surprise there) and once it’s been baked you can eat it plain, dip it in a sauce of your choice or fill with something delicious like NUT BUTTERS. 🙂 I like it plain but it’s even better when stuffed with a blob of almond butter!
It’s definitely a fun, healthy snack especially for those with allergies because it’s gluten, wheat and dairy free. The ingredient list for the original flavor is short ( brown rice and water) and it has only 110 calories per serving, 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat. The brand we had does offer other flavors including chocolate brownie, raisin-cinnamon, sesame garlic, super seed, pizza, and cashew date. I’d personally love to try the raisin-cinnamon.
This was my first time having mochi so I’ve only had it baked, but it can be pan-fried or added to soups just before serving. They even make mochi ice cream!! That, I actually tried a few months ago at a Whole Foods cooking demo and liked it. I know they sell the Grainaissance brand of mochi at Whole Foods and other health food stores and I’d imagine they might have it at some Asian grocery stores as well.
Alright friends, the countdown is officially on – we only have 2 days left until Christmas AND word on the street is that Richmond is suppose to get a big snow storm on Saturday. I have most of my shopping done but I still need to pick up some stocking stuffers and groceries so I’m off to Target and Trader Joe’s with all the other last minute shoppers. Wish me luck!
Riddle me this- have you ever tried mochi or mochi ice cream? What did you think?