This is the black sesame version of our homemade soy milk. It’s fresh and flavorful with the warm, nutty flavors of roasted black sesame seeds and lightly sweet thanks to a bit of honey. Drink hot or cold, both ways are onolicious!
Why This Recipe Works
If you love soy milk, you will really love black sesame soy milk!
This is a super flavorful and lightly sweet drink that just makes you feel so good after drinking it. I like to drink black sesame soy milk hot from the stove, just a few minutes after stirring in the honey and black sesame paste.
Just a tablespoon or two of black sesame paste goes a long way. It will turn the soy milk from this soft creamy color to a deep charcoal looking drink. So intense, so lovely!
You can go as light or as heavy on the black sesame flavor as you want, just use more or less of the black sesame paste.
You can also save half the batch of soy milk and keep it as “plain” soy milk (also very delicious, just make sure to sweeten with a little honey). And then add black sesame to the other half batch to turn it into black sesame soy milk. The possibilities are endless!
Black sesame one of my favorite ingredients in the world! We have so many recipes that use black sesame seeds and black sesame paste. Here are a few to explore:
- Black Sesame Toast – Instead of peanut butter and jelly on toast, consider black sesame paste and honey on toast!
- Black Sesame Dessert Soup – This is a classic Chinese sweet soup and dessert that we often ate at restaurants. Who knew it was so easy to make at home.
- Black Sesame Sauce on Tofu – You can replace the tofu with any other vegetable (we also like it with sugar snap peas and green beans).
- Black Sesame Pudding – Velvety but light! So rich in black sesame. Super onolicious.
- Black Sesame Paste – Black sesame paste is a common ingredient in many recipes. Instead of buying it from the store, you can make your own at home.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Dried soybeans
- Honey (or sugar) – I prefer honey because it gives the drink more of rounded sweetness. But white sugar and rock sugar also work!
- Black sesame paste – Store bought black sesame paste is great (and what we use most of the time). You can also make your own black sesame paste at home if you have extra time.
Gather all the ingredients together and let’s start cooking!
Step by Step Directions
This is a pretty straightforward recipe:
Soak soybeans overnight.
Soak the soybeans in water overnight (at least 12 hours). Rinse and drain the water.
Blend soybeans and water.
Put the soybeans and a fresh water in a blender. Blend on ‘high’ until the beans are completely blended (the liquid should look white).
Use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the soy milk into a pot.
Tip: The leftover soybean pulp is called okara. You can make many good dishes with okara! We will post recipes on this soon.
Bring to an almost boil.
Bring the strained soy milk to an almost boil.
Tip: Please be very careful with this step as soy milk goes from not boiling to overflowing the pot very quickly! I’ve been making soy milk for years and I still make this mistake. Turn around for literally two seconds and the pot can overflow…leaving you with a big mess on the stove heheh.
Turn down to a simmer. Skim off the foam. Simmer for another 15 minutes.
Add honey and black sesame paste.
Add the honey and black sesame paste. Feel free to add more/less of both the honey and black sesame paste – adjust the sweetness and flavor intensity to taste.
Stir to dissolve. Now it’s ready to drink!
FAQs and Tips
We usually drink it all the day we make it! But it’ll keep 2-3 days in the fridge. I like it hot, so I rewarm it in the microwave.
Honey is the most ideal sweetener for this drink but you can use plain white sugar or rock sugar.
If you want a thicker (so people might say “richer texture”) soy milk, just use more soybeans and less water.
If you want a thinner soy milk, decrease the amount of soybeans and use more water.
Feel free to play around with the soybean to water ratio. There’s no right or wrong, just a matter of personal preference.
Black Sesame Soy Milk Recipe
See below and enjoy ^_^
- Soak the soybeans in water overnight (at least 12 hours). Rinse and drain the water.
- Put the soybeans and a fresh water in a blender. Blend on 'high' until the beans are completely blended (the liquid should look white).
- Use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to strain the soy milk into a pot.
- Bring the strained soy milk to an almost boil (be careful with this step as soy milk goes from not boiling to overflowing the pot very quickly!)
- Turn down to a simmer. Skim off the foam. Simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Add the honey and black sesame paste. Stir to dissolve. Now it's ready to drink!