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Pumpkin Mochi {vegan, gluten free}

October 4, 2015 | 14 comments

This weekend shall be remembered with a sarcastic laugh as I try to balance this blog and 5 projects/labs all due next week. I’m not even exaggerating -not a bit. A few girls on the bus said sophomore year should be the easiest year in high school. I guess I took the wrong classes?

And also, dear flash drives, corrupting all my files does not make me any happier.

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Sooo that happened. 3 hours of work just disappeared under a cold, invisible wall. Now I’m back to google drive who thinks that formatting is a joke. Can I just tell you that formatting is not a joke?

As of right now, my life is miserable like a sinking stone {don’t ask how I know what a sinking rock feels like -I don’t, but use your imagination} and I spend more time with my eyes glued to a word document or a powerpoint presentation than conversing with actual people right now. My face has become a book, a computer, a paper or whatever else I need to get done. and wordreference have become my new best friends, and realization that I’m a sophomore is hitting, strong and fast.

I really shouldn’t complain so much -my classes are all wonderful and my teachers are all so supportive. But this is sophomore year, I’m not taking any AP classes (don’t even ask how many I’m planning on taking next year), SAT’s aren’t happening yet, I’m not working on college aps, I’m just a high school sophmore.


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Oh what will it be like next year? I’m scared goes and hides under a blanket

But anyhow, you want to know what this has to do with pumpkin mochi right? Um, you could say I first saw them last year when I was a freshman, when my life was easy, and when my soul hadn’t been taken away by multiple papers. That would be theoretically correct (although, theoretically, can souls be taken away?). I dunnoooooo but what I do know is that you should make these adorable little pumpkins.

Anyhowwww, these little pumpkin mochi (shaped like adorable pumpkins!) have been in my dreams for a while now. I guess you could say they still are because I we ate them in about 5 minutes. Oh and it was last weekend when I wasn’t buried under an avalanche of projects.

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These little pumpkin mochi are adorabley tiny, chewy, pumpkiny, and sticky. Oh and there’s a little top stem made from matcha (or you can use green food coloring if you prefer), and a surprise inside of red bean paste. It’s so perfect for fall!


// Some of mine are speckled with green because I wanted to try them savory-sweet with green onions. They were okay… I wouldn’t make them again though.
// Pumpkin pie spice can be made at home by combining a number of spices, but it’s easier just to buy the premixed stuff from the store. You can however, make it at home by searching up a recipe / proportions.
// I steamed mine on bamboo leaves because we had two left at my house and I wanted to use them up. They do impart a certain flavor + aroma on the mochi which makes it all the better, but do feel free not to use it.


Pumpkin Mochi


  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2/3 - 1 cup glutenous rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp matcha
  • 1 tsp water
  • red bean paste


  1. Stir pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and glutenous rice flour until a dough forms. Add more glutenous rice flour if dough is too wet and add in more pumpkin if dough is too dry
  2. Prepare another dough by mixing the matcha with water and adding enough glutenous rice flour until a dough is formed.
  3. Take about 1 tbsp of the pumpkin dough and squish it flat into a circle. Place about 1/2 tsp red bean paste onto the dough and pinch the edges closed. Roll into a ball and score about 7-9 marks straight down with the back of a knife. Roll a little piece of the matcha dough and place it on top where the marks intercept.
  4. Prepare a steamer (I put a little tray thingy on top of some boiling water) and place the mochi on top. Steam for 10 - 15 minutes or until cooked through.


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  1. Courtney | Fork to Belly on

    October 4, 2015 at 11:47 pm says

    These are so phenomenal, Anne! Keep pulling through girl, high school is tough but the harder you work the easier it’ll be when college comes around 🙂 I am so amazed that you have the time and work ethic to run this amazing blog and go to school!!!

    • Anne on

      October 30, 2015 at 9:43 am says

      Aww thanks so much Courtney! This blog is definitely a stress reliever so I usually find time to do it 😉

  2. Josefine on

    October 5, 2015 at 2:24 am says

    These look amazing Anne! So cute 🙂
    I hope you’ll survive the homework load – keep up the good work

    • Anne on

      October 30, 2015 at 9:43 am says

      Thanks Josefine!

  3. Adina on

    October 5, 2015 at 8:57 am says

    These pumpkins are so cute, never seen anything like it. Keep your head up with school, there will come a time when you will look back and wish you were still where you are now…. I know I do sometimes, although I do not miss doing exams…

    • Anne on

      October 30, 2015 at 9:56 am says

      Hahaaaaa yeah I know I will but for now… 😛
      Thank you!

  4. Sprinkles of Sweetness on

    October 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm says

    Hang in there, Anne! I feel the same way. All these crazy classes + crazy extracurricular activites has turned my word upside down, haha. But we will survive. 🙂

    • Anne on

      October 30, 2015 at 9:56 am says

      Yes we will! 😉

  5. Sabrina on

    October 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm says

    I can’t get over how adorable these are!!

    • Anne on

      October 30, 2015 at 9:59 am says

      I know right? Me either!

  6. Cakespy on

    October 26, 2015 at 9:13 am says

    Pumpkin mochi, I am in love with you. So cute! So sweet!

    • Anne on

      October 30, 2015 at 10:01 am says

      Yess aren’t they soooo adorable??

  7. Lorelei on

    November 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm says

    These look awesome (and so cute!) and I look forward to trying them.

    Just one question: you say to add more flour if the dough is too dry and more pumpkin if it’s too wet. Should that be the other way around?

    • Anne on

      November 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm says

      Yes, thanks so much for catching that! It has been fixed 😉


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