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Black Sesame Latte (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

This black sesame latte is paleo, vegan, and Whole30-compliant, and it is so delicious and perfect for Halloween! It has the most addicting flavor.

Black Sesame Latte

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a HUGE latte lover. I have several latte recipes on my blog, and a few of my favorites are:

Black Sesame Latte Recipe

There’s something so dang delicious about that creaminess of milk with a yummy flavor, and this black sesame latte is a brand new recent discovery that I just can’t get enough of!

Black sesame seeds have been my favorite since very young growing up in a Korean household. My mom would use them in both sweet and savory recipes. There’s something so amazing about sesame seeds’ nutty and addicting flavor, especially when they are toasted, and I love black sesame seeds more because of their color.

Black Sesame Latte

Black Sesame Latte

Blacks Sesame Paste

To make this black sesame latte, you first have to make black sesame paste which is actually really simple and easy. It’s a similar process to making tahini, but it’s slightly sweetened and thick in texture. It’s usually sweetened with honey, but I decided to use medjool dates instead to make it Whole30-friendly.

Because of the medjool dates, the black sesame latte is slightly sweetened, which I think is the perfect amount. However, if you prefer it to be a bit sweeter, just add your preferred sweetener at the end.

Black Sesame Latte

Perfect for Halloween

Because this black sesame latte is such a fun dark color AND it’s caffeine free, it’s perfect to enjoy with kids and on Halloween. You can even call it witch’s brew or monster’s blood drink and have fun with it!

If you aren’t a fan of hot drinks or if you are reading this in the summer, you can even serve it over ice to enjoy it cold. And if you are totally weirded out by this black sesame latte, just try it out! It’s seriously so so creamy and delicious. I promise you won’t regret it!

Black Sesame Latte Black Sesame Latte

Black Sesame Latte (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 233 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This black sesame latte is paleo, vegan, and Whole30-compliant, and it is so delicious and perfect for Halloween! It has the most addicting flavor.

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Ingredients

Black Sesame Paste

Black Sesame Latte

  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk or any dairy-free milk or your choice
  • 2 tbsp black sesame paste
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 scoop grass-fed collagen Use code GREATGRANDMA10 for 10% off
  • Optional: Additional sweetener of your choice Omit for Whole30

Instructions

  1. In a large dry pan over medium heat.

  2. Add black sesame seeds and toast stirring for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.

  3. Remove from the pan and let them cool completely.

  4. In a high powered blender, combine sesame seeds and medjool dates.

  5. Blend until ground up and gritty.

  6. Add sesame oil, then blend until the mixture becomes a smooth paste.

  7. Heat almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat.

  8. Combine all ingredients for the latte in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. You can also use an immersion blender.

  9. Taste, and if you want it sweeter, add a sweetener of your choice then blend again.

  10. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

  11. Store unused black sesame paste in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

  12. For iced black sesame latte, pour in a glass over ice.

Nutrition Facts
Black Sesame Latte (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 498mg 21%
Potassium 137mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 49.2%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with Dipping Sauce

These paleo pan-seared ahi tuna steaks take less than 10 minutes to make, but look and taste so fancy and buttery. Don’t forget the dipping sauce!

ahi tuna steaksI believe this is the first time I ever cooked seared tuna steak (not to be confused with canned tuna) at home.  I’ve only eaten it at restaurants and it’s always been a treat for me. The delicious nutty crust with the buttery, raw inside felt like a fancy delicacy only to be enjoyed on occasion. When I saw tuna steaks being sold by my favorite seafood vendor at the farmers market a week ago, I decided to go for it. I figured, if I mess up, I can always make tuna salad.

What I didn’t realize was how quick and easy it is to make a sesame-seed crusted seared tuna from scratch. As long as you have high quality tuna (wild-caught and fresh), it’s really hard to mess up because the flavor is already there, and all you need remember is to not cook it for too long.

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

I’m not sure if I’ll make this all the time because good quality seafood can be expensive, but it’s great knowing that I can whip up dinner in less than 10 minutes if I had to with this recipe. I really love stupid easy and quick meals!

The added bonus is that tuna has great nutritional benefits. It has a high amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, as well as healthy nutrients like selenium, potassium, iodine, phosphorus, magnesium, and B vitamins to nourish our brains and hearts! Supplementing with omega-3 capsules and vitamins may be beneficial, but I’d rather eat them in their most absorbable and delicious forms rather than swallowing pills all the time. Wouldn’t you?  

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

ahi tuna steaks

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 2 steaks
Author: Jean Choi

These paleo pan-seared ahi tuna steaks take less than 10 minutes to make, but look and taste so fancy and buttery. Don't forget the dipping sauce!

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Ingredients

Seared ahi tuna:

  • 2 ahi tuna steaks about 5 oz each
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup white or black raw sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp raw sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp maple syrup Omit for Whole30 or RESTART
  • 1/4 tsp Korean red chili powder optional

Instructions

  1. Pour sesame seeds on a shallow plate.
  2. Pat the tuna steaks dry with a paper towel.
  3. Use a teaspoon of dijon mustard for each steak to coat on both sides.
  4. Press both sides of each tuna steak in sesame seeds, making sure they are coated evenly.
  5. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
  6. Lay one steak in the pan and fry for 1 minute. Flip the steak and cook for additional 1 minute on the other side. Transfer to a cutting board, then repeat the process with the other steak. They should be cooked just on the outside. Make sure you don't overcook them!
  7. Cut the tuna steaks in to 1/4-inch slices.
  8. Whisk together all ingredients for the dipping sauce and place in a small bowl.
  9. Serve tuna with the dipping sauce.

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