My Latest Concoction – Organic Black Sesame Seed Milk

Earlier this year, I wrote a post talking about the tremendous health benefits of black sesame seeds.

I love putting them on quinoa, millet, and on my salads, and they add a whole new dimension to whatever food that I am eating.

Since Brazil nut milk and cashew milk are two drinks that I make quite often, I started asking myself “What if I made a milk out of organic black sesame seeds?”

My immediate thought was that the taste would be too harsh or too strong, and that I would need to use a lot of honey or organic palm sugar to even it out.

Over the past week or so, I have been experimenting with black sesame seed milk and much to my surprise, I have been thrilled with the results.

A few things:

– The taste is not as bad as I thought it would be.

– The texture is lighter than a Brazil nut or a cashew milk.

– I use a different ratio of water to seeds than water to nuts. With nuts, it is generally 5:1 (5 servings of water to one serving of nuts). With the black sesame seeds, I use a ratio of probably 10:1.

You vary the ratio depending upon how thick or thin you want your milk to be. But for the black sesame seed milk, I felt that for some inexplicable reason the ratio needed to be expanded.

If you have no idea what I am talking about here, please watch the video at the bottom of this post and that should explain everything.

– The sesame seed milk was not as black as I thought it would be. This is probably because 5-10% of the seeds were not actually black but white.

– When I made a smoothie (picture in the right) using organic black sesame seed milk as the base, I used two bananas, one tablespoon of raw cacao powder, one teaspoon of organic palm sugar, and one scoop of protein powder.

And how did it taste?

Definitely good enough to earn a spot in the rotation with Brazil nut milk and cashew milk.

– Not sure how to make nut milk? Take a look at video below.

If you want to make organic black sesame seed milk, it is the exact same process except that you alter the ratio of water/seeds.

If you’re looking for organic black sesame seeds, they can be purchased online.

The mesh strainer that I use in the video above, can be purchased by clicking HERE.


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  • Marge says:

    Max, do you ever use the mash? I’ve put it in popsicles and oatmeal and also smoothies. Seems a shame to waste all that nutrition. I have a bag of black sesame seeds, probably because of you and I’m soon to make a batch of popsicles. I’ll let you know how it turns out with black sesame milk!

  • Chris says:

    Thank you! I shared your video to a little facebook group I have with my friends related to health. I’ve been making my own almond milk for awhile but I’m going to try modifying the ratio of nuts to water and maybe try straining a different way (I use a big strainer lined with cheesecloth over a big bowl). I was just on the verge of thinking I should try a nut / juicing bag, but I love this fine-mesh strainer idea way better.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks so much! Yes, I am not huge fan of these nut/cheese cloths. Maybe I am a little paranoid (probably so) but I want to make sure that the strainer and potential bacteria gets sterilized, and I know that happens in boiling water.

      Thanks again.

      Live well,

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