If you haven't tried black sesame milk yet, I highly recommend you to do so. Black sesame milk is very easy to make, the colour is amazing, it tastes really good and the nutritional content is vast. This is a quick and easy recipe to make at home requiring just 3 main ingredients.
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How to Make Black Sesame Milk
The first stage is to soak the black sesame seeds in a water overnight. This helps soften them, improve digestibility and boosts the nutrition.
The soaked seeds are then strained through a fine strainer and added to a high speed blender.
Water, sea salt, and a pitted date are added to the black sesame seeds and blended on high for about 1 minute until nice and smooth.
The salt adds flavour and trace minerals, while the date adds a slight sweetness.
Vanilla and maple syrup or cinnamon (optional) can also be added to further enhance the flavour.
The milk is then squeezed through a nut milk bag into a bowl. Pour the milk into glass bottles and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
The result: delicious nutrient-rich vibrant sesame milk!
Homemade plant milks
I love using plant milks in my recipes, they add so much flavour, colour and nutrition. Making your own plant milks at home is fun, easy and cost effective. Furthermore, they are far more nutritional. Homemade plant milks have a shelf life for no more than 3 days. This is a good thing though! Ingredients that do not turn sour after a few days means they have additives and come processed, void of much nutrition.
Store bought plant milks will have been pasteurised for extending shelf life which depletes much of the nutrition, they also have some sweeteners added to appeal to the mass public's palate.
Equipment you will need
The only equipment you need to make your own plant milks are:
- Good quality high-speed blender
- Nut milk bag
- Mixing bowl
- Storage bottles or containers
Recipe variations and ideas for black sesame milk
There are so many ways to incorporate black sesame milk into different recipes. You can try adding them to hot chocolate or cafe latte's. My favourite at the moment is banana and black sesame milk smoothie. So simple and so delicious.
- Porridge - add black sesame milk instead of your regular milk
- Chia seed puddings
- Black sesame ice-cream
Nutritional Content of Black Sesame Seeds
Black sesame is a nutrient-rich seed that has been cultivated from the Sesamum indicum plant for thousands of years.
Some of the trace minerals in black sesame seeds — in particular iron, copper, and manganese — are important for regulating your metabolism, cell functioning, and immune system, as well as the circulation of oxygen throughout your body, among other activities
Because more than half of a sesame seed is composed of oil, sesame seeds are also a good source of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats
Black sesame seeds are rich in a number of nutrients. Just 2 tablespoons (14 grams) of black sesame seeds contain (2Trusted Source):
- Calories: 100
- Protein: 3 grams
- Fat: 9 grams
- Carbs: 4 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Calcium: 18% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Magnesium: 16% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 11% of the DV
- Copper: 83% of the DV
- Manganese: 22% of the DV
- Iron: 15% of the DV
- Zinc: 9% of the DV
- Saturated Fat: 1 gram
- Monounsaturated Fat: 3 grams
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 grams
Health Benefits of black sesame seeds
- Rich in antioxidants that play an important role in preventing and slowing down cell damage in the body
- Balances blood pressure
- Anti-cancer properties due to the rich source of sesamin and sesamol
- Promotes healthy hair and skin with their rich mineral content.
Are you ready to give it a go?
Let's get going! Here is my recipe for black sesame seed milk. You can save it to a collection, print or download for later use. There are also a few optional ingredients you can add if your feeling adventurous!
Please leave a comment below if you have any feedback and tag #holisticchefacademy if you make the recipe. I love to see your creations!
Black Sesame Seed Milk
- Weighing scales
- Mixing bowl
- Nut milk bag
- Glass bottle
- 50 g Black sesame seeds
- 500 ml Water
- 10 g Dates
- 1 pinch Pink salt
- 10 g Maple optional
- 1 pinch Cinnamon optional
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract optional
- Assemble all ingredients
- Soak the black sesame seeds in filter water overnight or at least 6 hours
- Drain and wash the seeds
- Add the black sesame seeds, 500ml water, dates and pink salt to blender
- Blend on high speed for 1 minute until smooth
- Pass through a nut milk bag - reserve the pulp for another application
- Transfer the black sesame milk to glass bottle and refrigerate for up to 3 days
Chefs top tip
If you have a batch of black sesame milk, I suggest freezing some in ice cube trays. You can preserve the milk like this and drop an ice cube into your smoothies or iced coffee!
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Invest in yourself
Everything we choose to eat everyday is an investment in our health and wellbeing. Making our own food is one sure way to take more ownership of our 'health care'. Let's enjoy the process of learning about new ingredients and developing our skills in the kitchen.
What better gift to share with our friends, family and loved ones than good healthy, clean and delicious food? Happy cooking my friends.