11 August, 2016
Vegan Black Sesame Ice Cream
My new ice cream recipe is completely vegan, raw and with Asian twang. Today we are making delicious black sesame ice cream!
Black sesame seed, which is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc, is very healthy and beneficial for your heart, skin and bones. Its healthy unsaturated fats help reduce blood sugar and blood cholesterol. It’s also a powerful anti-aging weapon and is even believed to turn grey hair back to normal. According to traditional Chinese medicine, black sesame is good for your liver and eye health, while in Ayurveda black sesame oil is used for oral health.
My ice cream base is the well-known cashew cream but I also added some banana to make the mixture lighter and sweeter, and some coconut cream for smoothness. (By the way, you can use this base to make any type of ice cream using cocoa or cacao powder, coffee, berries or whatever you want. Also, you don’t have to use all 3, cashew cream and coconut cream or cashew cream and banana are enough.)
I grinded a few tablespoons of black sesame seed and a tablespoon of regular sesame seed. The sweetness comes from a few dates soaked in water as well as from the banana.
Ingredients for 2-3 servings
- 2/3 cup of cashew nuts
- ½ ripe banana
- 3-4 dates
- ¼ cup of black sesame seeds
- 1-2 table spoons of coconut cream (Check out how to make it here.)
- About 2 cups of drinking water
- Vanilla extract – optional
- Sweetener of your choice – optional
Soak the cashew nuts in drinking water for 8 hours or overnight. In another cup, soak your dates in ½ cup of water for a few hours or overnight.
Then, throw out the water of the cashew nuts, but keep the water with the dates.
Grind the sesame seed in a food processor or a blender. They don’t have to be perfectly blended at first.
Then, add the cashew nuts, the dates with the date water, the banana and the coconut cream. Blend until everything is well mixed. If the consistency is not creamy enough, you can add some more water.
Put the mixture in a container and keep it in the freezer for 3-6 hours. Sprinkle some black sesame seeds on top.
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