Cut the mochi in half and place on a baking sheet in a 400° oven or toaster oven. Bake about 7 to 10 minutes or until the mochi puffs.
While the mochi is cooking, heat the syrup in a small saucepan until boiling. Reduce the heat, simmer 5 to 7 minutes on low. Remove and place in a small bowl.
Place the almonds in a food processor or blender and grind until slightly coarse, but not flour. Place in a small bowl.
Remove the mochi, dip each piece in the hot syrup and then roll in ground almonds. Serve immediately.
Yield: 4 pieces; 2 per person
Variation: Substitute Eden Pistachios or Eden Pumpkin Seeds for almonds and grind per directions
Per serving - 293 calories, 7 g fat (19% calories from fat), 6 g protein, 55 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 36 mg sodium