hot black sesame drink

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this is my favorite hot drink of all time.  so the funny thing is...when i first tried to make this it was disgusting.  like absolutely disgusting.  well, maybe i didn't toast the sesame seeds enough was my initial thought.  so i re-toasted all the seeds again.  nope, that didn't do it.  well, maybe i just need to add more sugar or a pinch of salt.  bleh.  still super disgusting.  i mean, the fact that the sesame seeds smelled like earthworms should have clued me in that there was something wrong here.  yet, i was determined.  in the end, i reluctantly admitted that the seeds i bought were as rancid as could be.  i also was endanger of turning myself off from black sesame seeds all together.

thankfully, the korean market down the street had good black sesame seeds.  i remade the recipe and it was delicious.  better than the store bought kind and it's instant too.

Hot Black Sesame Drink

makes ~1 cup dry powder = 4 cups hot drink

printable recipe

1 c black sesame seeds

1/4 c old-fashioned oats

5 T sugar

lightly sweetened vanilla soymilk


1. toast black sesame seeds and oats in a medium to large saute pan over high heat.  toast for ~3 mins or until seeds smell nutty.

2. transfer seeds and oat to a mixer or food processor and blend until mixture becomes a fine powder.

3. bring water to a boil.

4. measure 1/4 c. dry powder into a mug.  pour in ~3/4 c. boiling water.  stir.

5. place mug in microwave for 30 secs to thicken drink.  drink will thicken more as it cools.

6. add a splash of soymilk for added creaminess.

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