Hey friends, I’m back in SoCal but still on island time this week. I hate going through the vacation withdrawal period… It’s going to take me at least a week, maybe two, to get myself back to real life and stop my mind from wandering. And then maybe a month to finally get all the vacation photos uploaded and organized. Luckily, I’ve made these Guava Coconut Mochi before vacation. So now we can just pretend we’re on a beach somewhere eating guava coconut mochi and sipping on fresh coconut water. Yes?
I was born and lived half my life in the tropics so it makes perfect sense that I’m acutely obsessed with guava and all things tropical. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to eat really good fresh guava in Maui. The ones I did get were so sour. ☹ But guava tea, guava jam, guava butter, guava cookies, guava in everything were all good substitution. I brought them back home with me and we will have a very strict ration of these things around here. 😃
For a long time, I have been trying to make guava dessert without success, until I discovered guava paste! I found them in a little Peruvian/Argentinian/Italian restaurant with a tiny grocery stand attached, not too far from my house. I never knew such thing existed, and it has opened so many possibilities. 🙂 And this guava coconut mochi is only the beginning! These cute little mochi are chewy and bursting with guava flavor. As a bonus, these treats are gluten free since they are made with sweet rice flour. So indulge and enjoy my friends. Happy Tuesday!
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 5 oz. guava paste
- 1 oz. unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup Mochiko (sweet rice flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- small pinch of salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Extra butter or nonstick spray for pan
- Chop up the guava paste and add to a small nonstick sauce pan with the coconut milk. Melt over medium heat, stirring constantly and breaking up the paste with a spatula until smooth.
- Take sauce pan off the heat and stir in the butter. Set aside to cool to room temperature, 10 – 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Spray a mini cupcake pan with nonstick cooking spray or brush with some melted butter. Mop up excess and set aside.
- In a small bowl, add mochiko, salt and baking powder, whisk to combine thoroughly.
- In a medium bowl, add the cooled guava paste mixture, egg and vanilla, beat with a whisk to combine.
- Add the mochiko mixture to the liquid mixture and whisk until combined, but don’t overmix.
- Spoon about 1 tablespoon into each cupcake cavity of the prepared pan, the batter will be enough to fill 24.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 13 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack before removing the coconut mochi from the pan.
- Use a butter knife to loosen the coconut mochi from the side of the cupcake cavity and lift it out.
2. Store in an air tight container, and consume within two days.
This is the exact brand of guava paste I used for this recipe: Predilecta Guava Paste