Steamed Vegan Rice Cakes (Banh Bo Hap)

Steamed Vegan Rice Cakes (Banh Bo Hap)

World Cuisine Asian Vietnamese

Easy recipe for steamed rice cake, banh bo hap, a spongy, sweet, and gorgeous-looking vegan dessert. It costs next to nothing to make and fun for the kids.

Servings per recipe: 12
Calories per serving: 334
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 2h 25m


  • 4 cups rice flour
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons oil, or as needed


  • 1   Whisk rice flour, water, coconut milk, sugar, tapioca starch, yeast, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until smooth. Cover with a lid. Let batter rest until air bubbles rise to the surface, about 2 hours. Stir well.
  • 2   Grease cake molds with oil. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Place cake molds on top and pour batter into each, leaving 1 3/4 inches of space at the top for rising. Bring water to a boil. Cover and steam until a toothpick inserted into a cake comes out clean, about 10 minutes.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 8.5g 13%
    Saturated Fat 7.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg  
Sodium 54mg 2%
Potassium 123mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 60.8g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Protein 4g 8%
Sugars 17g  
Vitamin A 0IU  
Vitamin C 0mg  
Calcium 13mg  
Iron 1mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 3mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 34mg  
Folate 18mcg