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Perfectly Chewy Ube Mochi Waffles (Gluten Free)

If you love homemade waffles, then my perfectly chewy Ube Mochi Waffles are a must try!

Inspired by Trader Joe’s Ube Mochi Waffle mix and my OBSESSION with Ube, I had to recreate delicious chewy mochi waffles!

Other tasty breakfast recipes to try: Blueberry Buckwheat Muffins, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Pie Filling, and Southwest Tofu Scramble

ube mochi waffles
Perfectly Chewy Ube Mochi Waffles.

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Why you will love Ube Mochi Waffles

Chewy waffles are quite addicting. 

These are naturally gluten free.

Their beautiful purple color makes them even more appetizing.

These are definitely kid friendly. 

Ube Mochi Waffles are sweet enough that you don’t need to add syrup if you don’t want to!

What is Mochi?

Mochi is a Japanese Rice Cake. It is used in desserts such as donuts, waffles, ice cream and cakes. Many other cultures incorporate Mochi into their cuisine.The secret to homemade mochi waffles is sweet rice flour. Sweet Rice Flour, a type of glutinous rice flour can be found at Asian grocery stores or some major chain store likes Kroger or Safeway should carry it as well. I like to use Mochiko Flour when I have it availableBob’s Red Mill also makes it too.

Mochi waffles have a distinct crispy outside and a chewy texture in the inside. And what better way to enjoy ube in waffles made with sweet rice flour. 

picture of tapioca flour and sweet rice flour
Bob’s Red Mill makes both Tapioca Flour and Sweet Rice Flour.

Ingredients needed for delicious mochi waffles

This recipe calls for some simple ingredients:

  • sweet white rice flour
  • tapioca starch flour
  • baking powder
  • cane sugar
  • eggs
  • milk : whole milk, soy milk, oat milk, nut milks such as coconut milk also work in this recipe.
  • unsalted butter : ghee, extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil are good substitutes.
  • vanilla extract

How to make this Ube Mochi Waffles recipe

A waffle machine is needed for this recipe. A belgian waffle iron works or also a regular waffle maker. Cook time will vary depending on what size you are using. This recipe has been tested in a belgian waffle maker.

Start with preheating the waffle maker. In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and gently combine it. . In a medium bowl, add the eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients (except the ube extract). Whisk until combined then fold in the ube extract.

Spray the hot waffle iron with cooking spray and add about a 1/2 cup of batter. Let the waffles cook accordingly , about 2-3 minutes each side. Waffles should be a golden brown around the edges.

Place the waffles on a cooling rack. 

How to store leftover waffles

The best way to store leftover waffles is to lay them on a baking sheet or cooling rack. Avoid stacking the waffles, as that will mess with the texture and will make them soggy. Let them cool completely and store them in a freezer safe container. Reheat the frozen waffles by microwaving them for about 40 seconds or placing them in a toaster oven. 

What other substitutions can be used in this recipe?

Let’s start with flours. Since this is inspired by the Trader Joe’s Ube Mochi mix, I have only made mine with tapioca flour and also the sweet rice flour. But to replace the regular milk,  you can use coconut, soy or almond milk. If you have to substitute with anything- let me know in the comments how it turned it out! 

Where can I find Ube Extract? 

You can find Ube extract in Asian markets. I haven’t seen Ube extract at my local grocery store but that may differ depending on your location. After opening, store the Ube Extract in the fridge. Ube can come in a powder form. Also Ube halaya is also a popular jam. But I wouldn’t use that version to make this.

What kind of waffle maker do I need to make Ube Mochi Waffles

I use a belgian waffle maker. The mochi batter will make 4 belgian waffles. Any waffle iron will work though. The cooking time and serving size will differ. 

What else can I use ube extract in?

Add a drop to your pancake mix to make ube pancakes.  It would be perfect in cupcake batter, sweet bread dough or a great addition mixed into vanilla ice cream. You can also take this batter recipe and use it to make ube mochi pancakes instead of waffles.

What kind of toppings can I use on Ube Mochi Waffles

Fresh fruit always makes an exceptionally delicious waffle topping. Juicy red raspberries, plump strawberries, ripe bananas, mandarin oranges and pure maple syrup are my top choices. Coconut flakes are tasty as well and whipped cream.

Ube Mochi Waffles with berries, powdered sugar, coffee and milk

Why I created this chewy mochi waffle recipe

I have loved Ube since my childhood. If you don’t know what Ube is, you’re missing out! Ube is a purple sweet potato that originates from the Philippines. Ube is also known for it’s VIBRANT purple color!

Other amazing ways to enjoy Ube is in desserts, such as in a tart or as a filling in bread {pandesol}, ube ice cream or my most favorite way– Ube CAKE!!! 

Trader Joe’s came out with an Ube Mochi Waffle mix that is appetizing and delightful however it’s seasonal. That inspired me to create my own recipe since we love Ube so much in our house!

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perfectly chewy Ube Mochi Waffles

Perfectly Chewy Ube Mochi Waffles (Gluten Free)

Kristina Cadelina
These amazing perfectly chewy Ube Mochi Waffles are gonna be your new family favorite! This recipe includes Sweet Rice Flour and Tapioca Flour making it naturally gluten free and scrumptious!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Filipino, Hawaiian
Servings 4
Calories 484 kcal



  • 1 1/3 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar coconut sugar is a good substitute
  • 1 cup milk whole milk, 2% or plant based works
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp melted butter olive oil can be used as a substitute
  • 1/4 tsp ube extract can be found in Asian markets


  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk together.
  • In another bowl, (except for ube extract)-add all the wet ingredients. Gently whisk together.
  • Add the Ube Extract.
  • Preheat your waffle maker and spray with non stick spray. Pour the waffle batter in and cook accordingly. 
  • When done, remove the waffles with tongs and place onto a cooling rack. Do not stack the waffles, as the moisture will make them soggy.
  • Serve with fresh fruit and syrup. Enjoy!


Please Notes:
Ube Extract and Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour can be found in your local Asian Markets. Bob’s Red Mill also makes Sweet Rice Flour and Tapioca Flour.
Regular white sugar or coconut sugar works in this recipe.
Toppings for this waffle are endless, you can add fresh fruits, syrup, whip cream or enjoy this waffle by itself.
You can cut sugar to 1/4 cup if you don’t want it too sweet.


Calories: 484kcalCarbohydrates: 85gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 416mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 234IUCalcium: 212mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Breakfast, Gluten Free, Gluten Free Waffles, Mochi, Ube, Ube Mochi Waffles, Waffles
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