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Vanilla infused sesame seed milk. Homemade, with love.


Every single thing happens for a reason; there is a blessing in every challenge; always see the positive in the negative….I could go on all morning! The point here is that my Vanilla infused sesame seed milk is indeed a blessing from a challenge…that being I purchased the hugest bag of sesame seeds recently (self service, got a bit carried away), got home and wondered on earth I was going to do with all of these little seeds. I’m not talking 1/2 cup here, I had about 6 cups – now that’s a challenge! So, I put my thinking cap and Hey Presto! We have this lovely creamy, vanilla infused, dairy and nut-free milk.

Firstly though, let’s not ignore the humble sesame seed and it’s nutritional value. It may be tiny but my goodness it packs a punch (it also turns into tahini…..and oh my goodness me, my teaspoon LOVES a bit of tahini).

Health benefits of the humble sesame seed.
Sesame seeds are a great source of manganese, copper (which provides relief from rheumatoid arthritis), calcium (helps prevent PMS, colon cancer, osteoporosis),  magnesium (supports vascular and respiratory health), iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, zinc (supports bone health) and dietary fibre. Significantly they also contain two unique substances called sesamin and sesamolin which have been shown to have a cholesterol lowering effect in humans. Sesamin is also said to help protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Vanilla infused sesame seed milk
Makes about 3 cups of milk and a large cup of sesame pulp. 

1 cup sesame seeds, soaked overnight in water
4 cups filtered water
Seeds of one vanilla pod
Sweetener of choice, to taste (I used 2 heaped teaspoons maple syrup)
Pinch of sea salt

Throw all of the above ingredients in your high powered blender and blend for 1-2 minutes, depending on the quality of your blender. You want it to be really smooth. Pour the mixture through a nut bag or strainer into a bowl, straining really well until you get all the liquid out of the pulp. Store in the fridge in an air tight bottle or jug for 3-5 days. The pulp can be dehydrated and used as meal (as you would almond meal…I’ll post a recipe for this next week). You could also add it to porridges, soups etc.

Tip 1: if you would prefer your pulp not to have a vanilla flavour, don’t hesitate to make the milk without the vanilla and sweetener, strain it and then pop the milk back into your blender with those ingredients. Tip 2: If you choose to heat this for a hot drink I discovered yesterday that it doesn’t curdle (like my almond milk does). Perfect!

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nicki Molloy #

    Great idea, I’m going to try also. I went to my nut shop the other day and the smallest bag they had was 1kg! Thanks Amy!

    June 21, 2013
    • Oh good! It is sooo easy. I actually prefer it to almond milk, I like the texture better AND it doesn’t curdle! Hooray!

      June 21, 2013
  2. jacqueline malcolm #

    thank you soooo much, starting a batch now! blessings Jacqui

    June 21, 2013
  3. Jami @World of a Fat Girl #

    yum! that sounds incredible.

    June 21, 2013
  4. Furwa #

    Hey, what if I used a tsp of pure vanilla extract instead of the vanilla pod?

    June 22, 2013
  5. This made me laugh because every time I end up bringing home a little more than I intended from the bulk bins I have that scene from Anne of Green Gables flash through my mind and I think “20 pounds of brown sugar..”. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean!

    You made this look so easy! I also love that there are uses for the pulp. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    June 22, 2013
    • I can’t remember that scene! I didn’t make this look easy, it IS easy! You just blend seeds and water, that’s it! I posted a photo of some sesame seed and orange hot cakes on my FB and instagram feeds on Friday, if you are following either of those?

      June 23, 2013
      • I don’t know why I didn’t look for you on Instagram sooner! I’m now another happy follower of The Holistic Ingredient.

        June 24, 2013
      • Oh fabulous! Thank you for following!

        June 24, 2013
  6. This milk looks wonderful! I am so excited about it making it, as we are HUGE tahini and sesame seed fans! I love that your choice of sweetener is maple syrup. 😉

    June 24, 2013
    • Oh good! It is surprisingly good, I actually prefer it to almond milk, it’s creamier. Hope you love it!

      June 25, 2013
  7. thehealthyvegie #

    Hi Amy,

    Do you think it’ll work with black sesame seeds? 🙂

    July 20, 2013
  8. Hannah :) #

    Is it possible to link your sesame pulp recipe uses?

    September 3, 2013
  9. princess #

    Do you use the water you used to soak the seeds with overnight or do you use new water in blender?

    November 2, 2013

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