Black Sesame Seed Milk

Are you tired of your routine almond, soy, oat, and other milks? Well then we have just the recipe for you! Black sesame seeds, combined with a hint of dates and maple, make this drink a treat! You will love the creamy, nutty, slightly sweet beverage. Grab your ingredients, and we will SEED you in the kitchen!

Sesame seeds are small, flat, oily seeds that grow in the fruit pods of the Sesamum indicum plant, and have been cultivated for thousands of years. They come in all different colors including black, brown, grey, gold, white. Most sesame seeds are produced in asia, but they are becoming more and more popular these days.

They truly are a very versatile ingredient. Not only are they great to turn into milk, but they are great in any dish. We use them on top of our vegan tofu nori rolls, as well as our vegan tofu katsu recipes.

Sesame Seeds Benefits

Sesame is an extremely nutritious seed. They are an excellent source of plant powered protein. Three tablespoons of sesame seeds supply five grams of protein. Protein, as we all know, is essential for proper function for hormones to muscles.

Key health benefits include:

  • Loaded with healthy fat
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • May lower blood pressure
  • May have anticancer properties
  • May promote healthy hair and skin

Sesame seeds in raw or cooked form are rich in calcium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. These nutrients are great for bone health, though a higher percentage of these nutrients are found in the hull. As stated earlier, sesame seeds contain antinutrients that hinder the effectiveness of the absorption of nutrients.

Hulled or roasted sesame seeds are best to maximize protein availability. The process of hulling and roasting seeds reduces the amount of oxalates and phytates. These are antinutrients, compounds that can block or interfere with how nutrients are absorbed.

A study of the processing effects on sesame’s nutrients by Makinda and Akinoso was published in The International Food Research Journal of 2013. The study found that sprouting sesame seeds reduce antinutrients concentration in both unhulled and hulled seeds by 50%. To limit the effect of these antinutrients it’s best to roast, soak, or even sprout the seeds.

Black Sesame Seed Milk Benefits

Black sesame seeds have many health benefits. You will be surprised just how beneficial these tiny little seeds can be for your body. It may not look like much, but we can assure you, black sesame seeds are more than just bird food!

Learn more about the nutrition facts and health benefits of black sesame seeds.

USDA Nutrition Data

Sesame seeds are a good source of thiamine, niacin and B6. These are important vitamins for metabolism and cell function. According to the USDA, one tablespoon of sesame seeds contains the following nutrients:

  • Fat: 14 g
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Calcium: 276 mg
  • Iron: 4 mg
  • Potassium: 133 mg
  • Magnesium: 100 mg
  • Manganese: 0.7 mg
  • Zinc: 2 mg

Medicinal Uses

Sesame oil is said to be very effective in alleviating dry skinsss, wrinkles, joint pain and even psoriasis. The black variety in ayurveda are used to help UTIs and even strengthen the gums and teeth due to their high calcium content.

In the Ayurvedic medicine, a healing methodology originating in India, the oil extracted from the sesame seeds is used with other herbs to help balance out bodily systems. Sesame oil can be ingested or applied topically.

Fun Fact

A 2750 year old Egyptian scroll mentions a sesame seed crop grown for medicinal purposes in Turkey per archeological reports.

Naturopathic Medicine

Seeds cycling is a common naturopathic remedy that claims to regulate estrogen in the first half of the menstrual cycle and progesterone in the second half of the cycle. Although there is a lack of scientific evidence regarding boosting fertility and help with menopausal symptoms.

That said, there is plenty of anecdotal claims for usefulness in balancing women’s hormones. Homeopathic use of sesame seeds include:

  1. During the first 14 days of the cycle, 1 tablespoon of grounded flax and pumpkin are consumed.
  2. During the luteal phase, the second half of the cycle, 1 tablespoon of ground sunflower and sesame seeds are consumed daily till the start their period and then after bleeding the cycle starts again.

How to Make Black Sesame Seed Milk

Black sesame seed milk in a glass bottle

For this recipe you will need either a strainer or cheesecloth/nut bag. If you can get your hands on a cheese cloth/nut bag, it will make the process quicker than using a fine strainer.

Regardless of which method used, be sure to place a large bowl under the cheese cloth/nut bag/strainer to catch all of the milk.

If using a cheesecloth/nut bag, pour the contents of the blender into the bag. The liquid will automatically begin to strain. Using your hand to grip the bottom of the bag, and squeeze the contents. This will allow the liquid to strain faster.

If using a strainer, once the liquid has been blended, pour directly into the strainer. Then using a spoon or spatula, mix the liquid around in the strainer. This helps move the more solid remains from the mesh, and allows the liquid to pass through.

Once all of the liquid has emptied the strainer, it’s best to remove, or dump out the solid remains before the next pour. The more solid remains, the more build-up, and the longer it will take to strain the liquid.

Our favorite way to complement these flavors is by adding sweetener. We really enjoy the sweetness of dates and maple together and used both for this recipe. This is a forgiving recipe, so feel free to use only maple, or only dates if you don’t have one or the other.

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Black Sesame Seed Milk Recipe

Recipe by Cooking Up Vegan Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Blending Time

5

minutes
Soaking time

20

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Plant milk that has a rich nutty flavor made with black sesame seeds and slightly sweetened.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Black Sesame Seeds

  • 3 Cups Warm Water

  • 2 Each Dates (optional)

  • 4 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 3 Tbsp Maple syrup

Directions

  • Begin by soaking sesame seeds in warm water for about 20 minutes.
  • Strain the water, then place the sesame seeds into the blender.
  • Add, dates, maple, vanilla and 3 cups of water to the blender.
  • Blend at high speed until all the ingredients have blended completely.
  • Pour the grey liquid into a cheesecloth or strainer.
  • Allow all the liquid to gather in the bowl and throw out the remains.
  • Serve right away or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories258
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 17.9g 28%
    • Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
  • Sodium 11mg 1%
  • Potassium 207mg 6%
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
    • Dietary Fiber 4.3g 18%
    • Sugars 9.6g
  • Protein 6.4g 13%

  • Calcium 28%
  • Iron 30%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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