I was first introduced to sesame milk a year ago and we hit it off instantaneously. I then moved away and, as neither of us were in a position to commit to a long distance relationship, I slumped back into sesame-milk-less mundane existence.
That was until last week.
After having a mammoth black-sesame-appreciation Skype session with a friend, I decided it was time to attempt to rekindle things with my estranged love. The recipe I am sharing below is the product of this love-loaded experiment. I’m pretty obsessed with it. Not only is it delicious (if I may say so myself), but it is very very good for you, for the following reasons:
SESAME – These little seeds are considered sattvic (associated with serenity, balance, harmony, and goodness) in āyurveda. They decrease vāta and build ojas. In English, this means that they support the immune system and promote a sense of groundedness, calm, and clarity. The high oil content of the seeds provides rich nourishment for the skin, as well as lubrication and protection for the body tissues. They are heating in nature, aiding circulation and invigorating the eyes and liver. Sesame is also used traditional to treat anxiety and insomnia.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL – this little secret ingredient is optional in the recipe so don’t get flustered if you can’t find it. An up-and-coming name in the superfood community, charcoal can be traced back to medicinal use in Ancient Egypt and Greece (Hippocrates was a fan). It was also used by Native American’s for treating skin infections, gas pains, inflammation and bruises. Activated charcoal has the ability to absorb more poisons, heavy metals, gases and toxins than any other substance, making it an incredibly powerful detoxifier. For this reason, only a very small amount should be used, especially if used on a frequent basis.
Ingredients ~ serves 2 ~
- 1/2 cup Cashews
- 3 tbsp Black Sesame Seeds
- 1 tbsp Flaxseeds
- 500ml Water
- 5 crushed Cardamom Pods
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 2 tbsp (or to your own taste) Maple Syrup
- (Optional Secret Ingredient) 1/2 tsp Activated Charcoal Powder
- Blend together the cashews, sesame seeds, flaxseeds and water together on high speed until combined into a grey milk (there will still be a little consistency here).
- Pour the mixture into a pan, add the cardamom pods and gently heat over a low flame.
- Once hot, strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the cardamom pods.
- Once the milk has cooled slightly, add the maple syrup and activated charcoal power (if you are using it) and blend once more.
- Serve up and enjoy!
If the health benefits weren’t enough to convince you, the taste surely will be! A perfect support for the immune system during the seasonal changes – I hope you and your sesame milk are very happy together.