This is one of Nomz’s favorite snacks. It’s all natural, healthy, rich in protein, and has no added sugar. Mochi can be a choking hazard for small children, so this recipe is not real mochi in that it uses regular rice instead of mochi rice. But by mashing the rice it creates a mochi or dango like snack that is sure to please little ones!
It’s my adaptation of this recipe found on Cookpad, my absolute favoritest Japanese recipe sharing site (recipes are in Japanese).
3 Ingredients only:
Rice (I use brown for more nutrients)
Kinako (finely ground roasted soybean)
Cook rice and raisins in a rice cooker using usual amount of water plus a bit extra. I used 1/2 cup raisins with 3 cups uncooked rice, which comes out subtly sweet and yields A LOT of little balls. They freeze well.
Blend with a hand blender until most of the raisins are incorporated into the rice (doesn’t have to be totally smooth).
Shape into bite sized balls and roll in the kinako.
Have your toddler taste test!