What's so special about black sesame? That is a question I had for myself as I browsed the dessert list at a sushi restaurant a few months ago. One of the desserts was black sesame ice cream, which was highly recommended. So I thought I would give it a whirl. Why not, right? I'm so glad I did because it knocked my socks off!
If you have never tried a black sesame flavored dessert, or anything sweet for that matter, you are missing out. The first thing I picked up on was that it had almost a peanut butter taste to it. If you are not a peanut butter fan, don't let that discourage you. They really aren't that similar. It is just that slight nutty taste that the black sesame contains that brought me to that initial thought. The ice cream itself was fresh tasting and creamy. I knew right away that I would work on a recipe to make my own. You will be happy to know, I did just that! The recipe is dairy-free and is quite simple to make, using only a few ingredients. I hate to keep you in suspense about it, but I will be sharing it with you after I first introduce you to my black sesame smoothie bowl recipe. It has many of the same qualities as the ice cream, only it's for breakfast! Lunch, dinner, or dessert will work too :) I mean seriously, is there ever a bad time to have a smoothie bowl? Nope!
In my post about black sesame ice cream, you will read about several interesting health properties that black sesame offers. So be sure to check it out. If you have never used black sesame paste, you can either buy it or make it on your own. I have linked the brands I use below in the ingredients list. To make your own paste, you will just place some toasted black sesame seeds into your food processor and process until a paste forms. You will be amazed at how this paste can transform many treats into something unique and delicious!
1/2 cup milk of choice (I prefer full fat coconut milk for extra creamy)
2 Tbs black sesame paste (brand I use)
or 2 Tbs toasted black sesame seeds (brand I use)
1 frozen banana
1 cup of ice (adjust to thickness preference)
toasted black sesame seeds
toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
bliss balls (see recipe below for ideas if needed)
edible rose petals
1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts)
1/4 cup dates, pitted
2 Tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbs black sesame seeds
2 Tbs cacao powder
pinch sea salt
1 Tbs cacao nibs
1 tsp maple syrup
1. Blend all ingredients in your high speed blender until thick and smooth. Adjust milk or ice as necessary. Use your tamper to get things moving in the blender as the mixture will be very thick.
2. Pour the mixture into your bowl and use desired toppings. Makes 1 big bowl.
3. Make the bliss balls (if using) beforehand by placing all of the ingredients into a food processor. Combine will. Form into desired size balls and store in your refrigerator. This is a small recipe, perfect for a couple of smoothie bowls.