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Pumpkin Mochi Waffles

These crispy, chewy, pumpkin mochi waffles without added sugar are a great way to start your morning! 🙂

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heart-shaped pumpkin mochiko waffles topped with maple syrup and blueberries

About these pumpkin mochi waffles

Like many other waffle + pancake recipes, these pumpkin waffles are made in one bowl with just a hand whisk! And what’s even better, is that from start to finish, this recipe will only take about 15 minutes to make.

If you’ve had mochi before, you may know that it’s super chewy, stretchy, and a fun texture to eat. So, recipes using mochiko (mochi flour) yield similar results, depending on how it is cooked. Since these waffles are made with mochiko, they are a bit chewy, yet crispy at the same time!

PLUS, they’re gluten-free waffles, since mochi is made up of ground short-grain rice. PLUS PLUS (lol), these waffles don’t have any added sugar! All of the sugar that is typically in waffle recipes is replaced by an overripe banana. I promise that you won’t even tell, especially if you add toppings like syrup, whipped cream, and fruit.

So, are you ready to make these pumpkin mochi waffles? Keep on reading to get to the mochi waffle recipe!

How to make mochi waffles

This pumpkin waffles recipe is straightforward: everything is mixed in one bowl, then cooked in a waffle maker.

In a large bowl, whisk the wet ingredients until combined. Then, stir in the dry ingredients until no dry spots remain.

Lightly spray the inside of your waffle maker with non-stick oil, then add your waffle batter. Cook until crisp on the outside, about 5 minutes. Serve with toppings of choice, then enjoy!!!

*My waffle maker fits about 3 tbsp of batter in each cavity. Make sure to read your waffle maker instructions to gauge how much batter to add to yours!

heart shaped mochiko waffles topped with maple syrup and blueberries

FAQ

What is mochi?

Mochi is a Japanese dessert made of mochiko: short-grain rice that is ground into a fine flour. It is gluten-free and gives foods a stretchy, chewy texture. Mochi typically has different fillings, like red bean paste, fruit, ice cream, etc.

Mochi is also sometimes used as an adjective to describe the texture of something, while also inferring that it’s made with mochiko. That is why “mochi” is in this title for “mochi waffles”, and why you see other desserts like “mochi donuts”, “mochi muffins”, or ” mochi brownies”!

Is mochiko gluten-free?

Yes, mochi is gluten-free! This is because it is made up of ground short-grain rice, AKA glutinous rice…which is different than “glutenous”.

What’s the difference between glutinous and glutenous?

Merriam-Webster states that glutinous means sticky, while glutenous means containing gluten.

How do I make vegan pumpkin waffles?

You can swap out the egg with an egg replacement, like a chia seed egg, flax egg, or JUSTEgg.

pumpkin waffles topped with maple syrup and blueberries

Storing the pumpkin waffles

You can place the gluten-free pumpkin waffles in a storage bag or airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Just make sure to separate each waffle with a parchment/wax paper square so they do not stick together.

Reheat by warming them in the oven or toaster!

Other mochi desserts

Check out these recipes for Oreo mochi donuts, cinnamon sugar mochi donuts, and bear chocolate mochi muffins!

gluten-free pumpkin waffles on a scallop plate, topped with blueberries and syrup

I really hope you enjoy this gluten-free waffle tutorial. If you make this one bowl pumpkin waffle recipe, I’d LOVE to see it. You can tag me at #bitesbybianca / @bitesbybianca on Instagram. Enjoy! 

heart shaped mochiko waffles topped with maple syrup and blueberries

Pumpkin Mochi Waffles

Bites by Bianca
These crispy, chewy, gluten-free pumpkin mochi waffles without any added sugar are a super yummy way to start your morning!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 8 3″ heart-shaped waffles
Calories 120 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mochiko
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin spice
  • ½ tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • ½ cup milk
  • cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 1 ripe large banana mashed

Optional toppings:

  • maple syrup, cinnamon, fruit, toasted nuts, etc.

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk all of the wet ingredients until combined.
  • Stir in all of the dry ingredients until no dry spots remain.
  • Spray light coating of oil onto waffle maker.
  • Add about 2-3 tbsp batter into waffle cavity. Cook waffles until golden and a bit crispy, about 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve with toppings of choice and dig in!

Notes

To store, you can place them in a storage bag or airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Just make sure to separate each waffle with a parchment/wax paper square so they do not stick together.
Reheat by warming them in the oven or toaster.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 waffleCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 224mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1696IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 0.3mg
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