So.. black sesame paste eh? A classic Chinese dessert and one of the most mouth watering dessert I’ve ever tasted. Fragrant, rich and full of flavour. My whole family and I are huge fans of black sesame paste. I mean, how can you not?! However, I have friends (ahem :P) too who get dizzy or feel nauseous upon the sight of sesame seeds, and that never fails to amaze me.
However nice it is, keep in mind always that moderation is key as this smooth dessert not only is packed with flavours, to my great dismay, it’s packed with calories too *dread face*. As usual, I looked around for alternatives I could have which is significantly lower in calories and offer a better range of nutrition to temporarily “replace” it.
And there we have, black sesame smoothie!
|Topped with chia seeds and.. sorry about the one-piece mint leaf! 😛|
And this jar of goodness turned out to be quite photogenic! 🙂
1 apple (I used Fuji)
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup water
4-5 ice cubes
1 tbs agave nectar (or any other sweetener)
3 tbs black sesame powder
chia seeds (to top)
Give these ingredients a good blend!
May I say, I was utterly surprised at the outcome in terms of the taste, texture and richness of this smoothie. There was a brief moment when I was contemplating whether to use my last Fuji apple in this smoothie or not, fearing it’ll turn out too crunchy or chunky.
But my jar of black sesame smoothie showed me risks are definitely worth taking 😉 It didn’t only surprise me, I most definitely licked my jar clean for this one, hehe (ok, not literally). The resulting smoothie was light, smooth and rich. Fuji apple gave a hint of sweetness and provided a nice smooth texture, banana with its creaminess and sweetness, mixed with nice fragrant black sesame powder.
Opt for other sweeteners such as honey or stevia if you’re not keen on using agave nectar. Or you can omit them.
If you want a thicker texture, stir in a tablespoon or two of chia seeds and let it soak up for 5-10 minutes. In my opinion, this does not need any further thickening as it’s already nice on its own. Thumbs up for the banana for doing its job well!
Happy trying! 🙂