Creamy Sesame & Orange Smoothie

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Yesterday I cleared out my desk, closed the computer, said goodbye to my colleagues and walked away from my job as a magazine art director. I have worked with magazines for the past 11 years and always loved my job, so as I wrote earlier, this wasn’t exactly an easy decision. But I truly believe that it is good and challenging to step outside your comfort zone every now and then. Remind yourself that you can always learn new things, change your habits and walk in new directions.

On Monday we will start this new life. I have no idea where it leads us, but I can promise you one thing – this blog and our apps will get more attention and a lot more love in the future. We can’t hardly wait to let you in on all the exciting projects that we have planned. But let’s take one thing at the time, today we just want to start out smooooth-ie.

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If you have been following us for a while, you probably know that we keep a few different plant milks on rotation in our home. Almond milk, oat milk, rice milk and GMO-free soy milk are frequent visitors in our fridge. Today we wanted to introduce another one – open sesame!

Sesame milk is the winner in the strong-bone-milk debate. With eight times as much calcium than cow milk! Sesame seeds are unfortunately also quite high in phytic acid, which can lower the mineral absorption. But you solve that problem by soaking them. Unhulled sesame seeds contain the highest amount of calcium, but are a bit too bitter for a milk or cream recipe, so aim for a combination of hulled and unhulled sesame seeds to get the fully nutritional value.

Here we are blabbing on about sesame milk, when we are actually using sesame cream in this recipe. It’s the same thing but with less water. We have blended it with orange and vanilla into a thick and silky smoothie that we pour over some mashed raspberries. The berries are mainly there because they make the whole thing look much prettier, but they also add a fresh twist in flavor. Cheers!

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Creamy Sesame & Orange Smoothie
Serves 4

1 cup (240 ml) sesame seeds (3/4 hulled and 1/4 unhulled), soaked for 6-8 hours
2 cups (480 ml) water
1 steel sieve (mesh strainer) for straining
2 large oranges, peeled and cut into smaller pieces
1 tsp ground cinnamon + extra for serving
8 fresh soft dates, pitted (if using dried, soak first)
1 pinch of sea salt
1 cup (240 ml) raspberries (thawed frozen are fine)

In the evening (or in the morning), place the sesame seeds and water in a jar and let soak for 6-8 hours. Drain the excess water and place sesame seeds and the 2 cups fresh water in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the sesame mixture through a steel sieve (the cream is too thick to run through a nut milk bag). Rinse the blender. Place the strained cream back in the blender and add oranges, cinnamon, dates and sea salt. Blend until smooth and thick. Refrigerate until chilled (or add 2-3 ice cubes when you are blending it). Mash the raspberries and divide them equally between 4 glasses. Carefully pour the smoothie over the raspberries, dust with cinnamon and enjoy.

Keeps for 3 days in the refrigerator.

Tip: For a quick calcium boost, add a couple of spoonfuls tahini or pre-soaked unhulled sesame seeds to your regular smoothie recipe (and skip the straining).

Tip: If you just want to make sesame milk, just double the water, add a pinch of sea salt and vanilla and strain through a nut milk bag.

71 Comments

  • Hannah
    Hey, this sounds really good! I'm just trying out different smoothie recipes but unfortunately I'm allergic to citrus (oranges, limes, ...), what would be a good way to replace them? Thanks for this great blog! x
  • Natalie
    Hej you beautiful foodie couple ;) Just looked up your blog today and was really impressed. I'm a vegetarian and have got into a "recepy hunt" kind of phase. Your picture and style reminds me of someone else.....Yotam Ottolenghi! Because it is, like his food, both elegant and wild at the same time. Hope you don't mind the connection I make, but definitely we would need some more really good vegetarian restaurants, the ones in Stockholm are kind of old and rusty, according to me at least. Have you ever been to Ulriksdal Slott vegetarian restaurant? They pick the fresh organic produce from their amazing gardens and create totally fresh organic world cuisine meals, and its less costly than some of Stockholm sophisticated restaurants. Yeah, ok its a days trip out to Ulriksdal slot, but do come around sometime! (I live nearby so for me its easier). Ok best of luck whatever is your secret plan but sooo cool to have these kind of talented fresh people living in Stockholm! peace n love ;)
  • Firstly, huge congratulations on being bold (and talented)enough to follow your heart. My journey is changing too. I wish you lots of joy, I love this unusual recipe, I can't wait to try it. I'm sure the nuttiness is gorgeous! Is it quite a fatty recipe do you think? Not that it ever stops me...x
  • Gladys
    Thank you for all this information is very useful. When I prepare sesame milk I always ad a very little pinch of integral salt and it gets better taste. Usually I prepare it whith banana and blend until smooth.
  • The colors of this smoothie are absolutly gorgeous! Love the raspberries at the bottom too....looking forward to trying it soon. Thank you for sharing!
  • I've always been iffy with sesame seeds but this sounds really intriguing! I'll have to give it a try soon :)
  • Allie
    Hello, I have an allergy to sesame. Do you think another seed would work?
  • Looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I absolutely adore anything sesame-based and sesame milk is right up there. I love the creamy bitterness of the sesame with something sweet like the dates and oranges that you've included in your smoothie (or even bananas). <3
  • Congrats with this step, xan't wait to see where this journey takes you and your family. Wishing you all the best of luck!
  • Dea
    Hi guys! Awesome recipe! And all the best in your new life! Just one question about the sesame seeds. What improves the mineral absorption, the fact that they are unhulled, unhulled and soaked or just that they are soaked (or does soaking make them unhulled?)? So many questions! Thank you!
    • Hi Dea, sorry to poke my nose in but this might be useful for you! 1.Soaked unhulled sesame seeds will have the most nutrients (there are tons of nutrients like calcium in the hull of the seed) but unhulled seeds tend to be a bit bitter (but I love it!). Soaking unhulled seeds makes the nutrients more bio-available (enzyme inhibitors are removed). They do not become unhulled by soaking them. 2.Hulled seeds are not as bitter as they do not contain the hull (outside covering of the seeds). Adding in unhulled soaked seeds will make the flavor of the milk milder due to the lack of the bitter hull. I hope my answers helped :) ~Michelle
  • I've never had sesame milk before, but have always love nut milk. This looks so luscious and creamy!!
  • Original and inspiring recipe. Can't wait to try this unique smoothie :) Good luck on your new adventure in life too.
  • Caroline
    Good luck with your new life! I can't wait to see all the projects you have planned! Truly great. I made some sesame milk a few weeks ago and it was too bitter to stand! :) But I'll try your recipe! 8 dates will help for sure :)
  • Tina
    What a powerful step into the open - congratulations! I just came upon your blog and apps today, and look forward to enjoy it / use it...
  • Thank you for this recipe, it's so inspiring! I'll definitely try it out. Have a lovely day :) Lou
  • Wow. Learn something everyday I guess. This is very interesting. Will give this a try for sure so thanks!
  • was so looking forward to this, but bitter, bitter, bitter! I soaked the sesame seeds as well as the dates... couldnt drink it!
  • Mariam
    What a gorgeous and unusual smoothie combo! Do you think making the sesame cream will work in a stick blender? It works for me with cashew cream so not too sure!
    • I can't see why not, especially if you soak the sesame seeds first and blend for a longer time. Let us know how it worked out :-)
  • Congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone, I did the same earlier this year and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. Also, this smoothie looks absolutely yummy, can't wait to try it out. Good luck with the future :)
  • Yvonne
    Good luck with the new step in your life! Hope you are enjoying it already. Your blog is wonderful! Thanks for sharing all this with us.
  • Oooo! I've never tried sesame milk. Give me, give me, give me!
  • Congrats on this new adventure– I cannot wait to see how much more amazing this blog can get! Also love the idea for sesame milk :) aloha, a
  • Never heard of this! Looks like a keeper though. Good luck on your new direction of life, sounds like you'll be very happy with your decision.
  • Susie
    I love this idea, and I love your site! I've always wondered - what is a good substitute for dried fruit? I am not a fan of any dried fruit and there are so many recipes that call for it. Can I substitute fresh fruit or some honey instead?
    • Hi, it really depends on the recipe. In this recipe we use fresh dates. If you can't get hold on that, you can of course use honey or more orange. Good luck:-)
  • Julia
    Hi David, this sounds amazing! Do you think it will also work with black sesame? That's all I've got here at the moment.
    • Sure, why not ... I'm not sure about the color though. Good luck and let us know how it turned out.
  • Nair
    David and Louise, you are beautiful people and beautiful is also everything you do! I am a recent subscriber and wish you all the best for your new life! You are an inspiration to me.:) nair
  • WOW. This looks soooo amazing. Love the pictures. Just gonna start follow your blog right now!
  • Andrea
    This looks so delicious. Can't wait to try it! And good luck with your new life! :)
  • Beautiful photos... looks delicious ★

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