No time for breakfast? Need a bit more sustenance at the end of the day? Want a comforting afternoon beverage that also tides you over til dinner? Then this drink is for you.
Black beverages have been trending for a while now, but most are coloured by charcoal which, as it turns out, isn’t that healthy after all—at best it does nothing and at worst, it absorbs the good nutrients out of your food… Perhaps save it to eat alongside junk food for a bit of a detox. This drink, on the other hand, doesn’t contain a bit of charcoal.
Instead, it’s colored by black tahini, made from ground dark sesame seeds (and nothing else). Black sesame is full of protein, fibre, and good fats, and it provides the same satisfyingly dark hue as charcoal. It makes the perfect, silky base for a coffee-free latte.
A homemade oat milk stands in for store-bought non-dairy in this latte, but feel free to use whatever milk replacement you prefer. That being said, the original recipe is a budget-friendly alternative to commercial milk products and provides a bit more nutrition than off-the-shelf varieties, making it a great energy-booster and coffee substitute.
Black Sesame Latte With Oat Milk
- 1 tbs. black sesame
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- 2 tsp. brown rice syrup
- 2 tbs. rolled oats
- pinch cracked black pepper
1. Add black sesame, vanilla extract, ginger and brown rice syrup to mug and stir until it forms a smooth paste.
2. Place oats and 1 cup water in blender or food processor and pulse until water turns white.
3. Add oat milk to saucepan and bring to a boil, otherwise heat in microwave or using milk frother. 4. Once heated, strain milk if desired (this is optional).
5. Hold mug containing black sesame paste on a tilt, then pour oat milk overtop in circular motion to help combine the paste and liquid.
6. Top with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper and more sweetener to taste, if needed.
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