If you love halva you will love this sesame seed cinnamon milk recipe. It’s full of heart-healthy fats while also having a smooth creamy texture. I like it with a pinch of cinnamon on top but it works with many flavours such as cocoa, pistachio and almond.
Suitable for vegan, raw, dairy-free, nut-free, oil free and general healthy diets. If you want it a sweet dessert drink just add some liquid sweetener to it such as maple or coconut syrup.
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I tend to use unhulled sesame seeds as they are much higher in nutrients such as potassium and zinc. If you want a less earthy taste then use the hulled and whiter seeds. It’s always advisable to soak your seeds, overnight is best but if you don’t have the time just 15 mins is good enough. Just seeing the murky soaking water as you discard it will sway you to thinking how necessary it is to soak your seeds/nuts. The only nuts or seeds I don’t soak are cashew and macadamia.
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If you have a spring near you then I would recommend using this water to make milk. If not then use filtered water instead. I live in Somerset UK and am lucky enough that there are several springs nearby that I can gather water. This spring water has slowly bubbled to the surface over hundreds of years – it’s said to have come from the last ice age!
I do use a lot of nuts on the site and I try to have the same number of nuts as I do seeds. I could just live off cashews in every single recipe but I do limit them to have a balanced diet and for wallet reasons.
Don’t bin the fibre left after squeezing out the milk as it can all be used in baking and smoothies. I often added to the base of something like the quinoa pizza or the avocado on toast quinoa flatbread. But do bin the soaking water from the sesame seeds as contains then enzyme inhibitors that were the reason for soaking. As the seeds are soaked and start to sprout it means the nutrients are more bioavailable.
The Cinnamon floated to the top of the sesame seed milk as I didn’t blend it after straining. If this bothers you do blend after straining but honestly after rinsing the blender and squishing through a sieve cloth I felt life is too short to then use the blender again. It looks quite pretty floating on the top and trying to film 4 seed milk recipes in a day meant I really didn’t have the energy to re-film it.
Sesame Seed Milk
Sesame seeds make a great vegan milk that is high in calcium. This dairy free milk recipe goes so well with some cinnamon to bring out the earthy flavours of sesame.
- 1 cup / 130g Sesame seeds
- 3 cups / 700ml Water
- 3-6 Dates, pitted
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla (optional)
- a pinch of Salt
- Soak the sesame seeds in water with a pinch of salt.
- Leave for 8 hours or overnight then drain off the water and rinse under the tap
- Add the seeds, dates and water to a blender and blend on high for 2-3 mins until all the seeds are finely ground.
- Pour into a nylon milk bag / cheesecloth with a large bowl underneath.
- Squeeze all of the moisture out using your hands and then stir in the cinnamon or vanilla if desired.
- Enjoy the sesame seed milk within 3 days. Keep in the fridge.
- Use the fibre you are left with in baked goodies such as cookies and muffins.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 218Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 44mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 6gSugar 7gProtein 6g
22 thoughts on “Sesame Seed Cinnamon Milk”
Thanks so much for your seed milks post today. I balk at the cost of ready-made but hadn’t thought to make my own. Are you simply using store-bought dried seeds?
Thanks Stephanie, I also find store bought milks really expensive and they often only contain 1-2% nuts/seeds. I’m using store bought dried seeds – I buy in big sacks so the seed milks work out cheap 🙂
What can we do with pulp?
Hi Ann, check out my post @ https://www.nestandglow.com/healthy-food/seed-milk-4-ways-nut-free towards the bottom of the page, I wrote a paragraph on this 🙂
I live in Ireland, please tell me where can I buy seeds in big sacks?
Look for a wholesaler or your local food cooperative 🙂
Thanks Stephenie, some very useful information included. I’m preparing my first nut milk tonight. I will be using a cheese cloth.are these reusable? many thanks.Anna
Hi there, yes wash out your cheesecloth as soon as you’ve used it and it can be used thousands of times 🙂
for an easy shortcut – tahina + date syrup + all other ingredients, could be made in a protein shake shaker…
Thanks Scott, that sounds like a great idea 🙂 It wouldn’t quite be the same as it’s not soaked/activated and most tahini is not raw but it’s nice instant sesame milk
As a substitute for cheese cloth, I use a cheap flour sack towel. Sturdier and easier to wash, at least in my experience. Just thought I’d put that out there.
Great tip Hannah, thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks for sharing. It a added knowledge to me.
Can the milk gotten from seeds be add to tea and pap
Hi there, afraid for tea it doesn’t work well. Really needs something like soy or sunflower lethicin to bind together for that
Thanks for the tip. Pls how can sesame seed be make into pap.
Hi there ,
I follow all your posts and love them all.
Can this milk be heated and had as a hot chocolate or is it to consumed only cold .
Why is this milk not suitable for making tea ?
Thanks in advance .
Thanks glad you like them, yes it can be heated also. I love this as a hot chocolate!
I finally made the sesame milk today . I used the white sesame .
The milk has a bitter taste .
Should I heat the milk prior to drinking it to reduce the bitter raw taste ?
I also brewed a cup of tea using this milk . Brought the water , tea leaves and sugar to boil , then turned the heat off and added the milk in it. I let it steep like this for a couple of minutes before straining it into my cup .this too tasted bitter .
Please help me out with some suggestions
Hi there, it really shouldn’t have a strong bitter taste – especially with the hulled sesame seeds. Did you soak the seeds and rinse well? I think they maybe rancid – always keep seeds in an airtight container or the freezer if you have room to make them last
Thanks much for your suggestions. I guess the seeds must’ve gone bad .
today I made the milk with unhulled sesame seeds and 5 dry dates which I had soaked overnight , thought I’d heat it up prior to storing it in the fridge, as my almond milk went bad in just 2 days , so I thought if I’d heat it and then refrigerate, it will last longer . Once heated it ended up tasting pretty bitter.
Does the heat make the sesame milk bitter?
Should I avoid heating it ?
Any idea why my almond milk turned sour in just 2 days?
Should the almond milk be made fresh daily?
Can I make something out of the sour milk or does it need to be thrown out?
Thank you already !
Thanks for an awesome milk!
Could you tell me how to use the left- over fibre in the great looking muffin& cookie recepies? I couldn’t find that in those recipes. Should I replace something with it or just add it or how? Many thanks! 🙂
I went through above sesame milk recipe i combine it with figs black dates apricots and once with almonds, pistas bananas with saffron, cardamom, nutmeg one teaspoon jaggery and half teaspoon cow ghee its bit complex requires one hour preparation for my family of four result extremely energetic relives all body pain etc etc
Second time with figs black dates apricots,walnuts ,cashews chikoos coco powder very little one teaspoon jaggery and half teaspoon cow ghee both recipes are very very mouth watering