If you have never tried black sesame milk before, you should definitely give it a try! It is not only easy to prepare, but also healthy, naturally sweetened, and so delicious!
This homemade black sesame milk has a toasty and nutty flavor with the creamiest texture!
WHAT IS BLACK SESAME MILK
Black sesame milk is a plant-based milk prepared from black sesame seeds that are toasted to develop a nutty flavor. This drink is very popular in Asian countries like China, Viet Nam, and Japan.
This drink is very aromatic with deep roasted notes, it can be consumed chilled or warm, depending on the season.
Black sesame seeds contain a lot of antioxidants and nutrients like iron and vitamin D. It is said to reduce ageing and may help in decreasing risks of cancer as well.
HOW TO MAKE CREAMY BLACK SESAME MILK
If you have already made your own almond milk, the process will be very familiar.
First, we start by toasting the black sesame seeds in a skillet. To make sure we are not burning them, we also add a pinch of white sesame seeds, these will be our indicator to know when the seeds are perfectly toasted.
Once the white sesame seeds have turned golden brown, remove from the heat and let them cool for at least 10 minutes. At this point, it will already smell fantastic!
Next, transfer the toasted sesame seeds to a blender. Add the soaked cashews, water, and blend for a couple of minutes.
To give the milk a richer and thicker consistency, we are blending the toasted sesame seeds with soaked cashews, for a silky smooth texture!
Once this is done, strain the milk through a nut milk bag. Do not omit this step otherwise your milk will be quite grainy, not something we want.
Finally, let the milk simmer for a few minutes to allow flavors to merge and give the milk a darker color.
If the Dark Knight had a favorite drink, it would probably be this one. It’s delicious chilled with some ice on hot days, or piping hot on cold and rainy days!
Black Sesame Cashew Milk
- Add half of the black sesame seeds and half of the white sesame seeds to a non-stick skillet and spread them into an even layer. Toast the seeds over medium heat, stirring regularly, until the white sesame seeds are golden brown, 5-8 minutes. Transfer the toasted sesame seeds to a blender and toast the other half of the seeds.
- Let the seeds cool down for about 15 minutes. Next, add the drained soaked cashews and water to the blender. Blend on high-speed for about 1 minute.
- Using a nut milk bag, strain the cashew sesame milk. You can keep the pulp to add to baked goods, oatmeal, etc.
- Transfer the cashew sesame milk to a medium saucepan. Add the maple syrup (or white sugar) and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, whisking regularly. The milk should turn from a light grey color to a deep dark.
- Enjoy warm during the colder months, or chilled with ice in the summer! Black sesame cashew milk will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. It will separate, this is normal, just give it a good stir or shake before using.