Monday, January 13, 2020

B L A C K  S E S A M E
I C E  C R E A M

Hello! Can you believe I'm writing this?! I literally have a sleeping 4 week old newborn stuck on my body & I'm dancing/ swaying as I type :) His name is Dean & I'm in love with him! Vera, who is a toddler now, is asleep in her crib & this is what I call my 1-2hrs of "me time". 

Ever since having babies & buying a house there is so little "me time". It's wildly hard to find the time to even drink coffee while it's hot! Or even use the bathroom. One thing I know is that despite the lack of time I must find it for myself. This is what keeps me "me" & what makes a good mama. That's why I made a point to write out this simple black sesame ice cream recipe.  

I have been trying to come up with shortcut/ easy peezy recipes for things I'm craving that won't take me a whole day. Black sesame ice cream can be found at asian markets (which I don't live too close to anymore) & it may sound a bit strange at first but there's definitely something addicting about it. This took me about 10 minutes to whip up. So. freaking. easy!

2 tbsp roasted black sesame seeds
4 big scoops vanilla bean ice cream (I love & use Häagen-Dazs)
1 tsp agave/ honey/ or maple syrup 
2 capsules of activated charcoal (for that extra black color)


1. If your black sesame seeds do not say "roasted" give them a little toasting on a hot pan on the stovetop to release the nutty flavor.

2. Take your ice cream & let it soften on the counter. 

3. Grind your seeds by hand or use a food processor- I use my little smoothie bullet thing which works great. 

4. In a freezer safe container (I used a 16oz soup container) add your vanilla bean ice cream, ground up sesame seeds, little bit of sweetener, & activated charcoal powder. This is not necessary but since I had some on hand I figured why not! Mix mix mix.

5. Throw a lid on it & stick it in the freezer. Done! Let it come back to a firmer consistency before scooping. I did this all the night before & was able to have it after lunch the next day.

I garnished with extra black sesame seeds & ate this so fast since I knew one of the two babies could wake up at any second. Definitely the easiest way to get what I wanted. This is totally a cheat way of cooking but I'm embracing it! Don't judge :)