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coconut taro mochi recipe

Coconut Taro Mochi Recipe

We recently bought some frozen poi from Waipio Valley on the Big Island. Never tried the brand before, and didn't know how to mix it once it came out of the microwave, so it turned into a lumpy mess. Nobody wanted to eat it, so we came up with this new mochi recipe, which is Oishii Kata! It's a variation of a Chi Chi Dango recipe my mom has been using for years. It's super easy to make and if you don't have poi, you can omit it and still make soft, pillowy mochi at home.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 1 - 9x13 pan


  • 1 (1 lb) box of Mochiko Flour
  • 2 cups white sugar (We use Maui Sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (12 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of day old poi


  1. Mix first three dry ingredients together. Then add the wet ingredients, including the poi. Mix well.
  2. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 60 minutes.
  3. Uncover, cool overnight. (We couldn't wait and ate ours right away. Don't do this if you make this recipe WITHOUT the poi. It will be the wrong texture. For some weird reason, WITH the poi the mochi was soft straight out of the oven. Usually it is quite hard and does not soften until the next day.)
  4. Cut and sprinkle with potato starch.
  5. ENJOY!

That's it. Seriously so easy to make, and so delicious. If you want an even earier option though, you can check out our Hawaii's Best Butter Mochi Mix!

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Bunny - May 7, 2019

What can I use instead of poi? I live in the south and I don’t think we have poi anywhere.

Josi - May 7, 2019

The secret to defrosting frozen poi is to microwave on high, one minute at a time.

Place frozen poi in a heat resistant bowl. (Like Pyrex). Add a little water. Cover n microwave on high for 2 minutes. Take out of microwave and STIR. Poi will be a bit lumpy, but don’t worry. Not done yet. Place back in microwave on high for another minute.. Continue _ until lumps are gone. (Each time you microwave poi will get hotter n lumps will disappear. ) Once lumps are gone, add a few ice cubes. Stir. Continue to add ice cubes until poi is the right consistency and to your liking. I like my poi thin. Goes further that way. A must when you live mainland!

Shanshan - November 28, 2017

Looks so good!!

Jo - November 13, 2016

This recipe sounds so ono. I’m gonna try it and see for myself. Just reading the ingredients makes me want to eat it. Mahalo for posting it.

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