This Black Sesame Seed Oatmeal sweetened with maple syrup is a tasty and hearty breakfast idea for cold autumn mornings. And with the dramatic grey/black hues, this is also a great recipe for Halloween!Jump to Recipe
Hello folks – how are you doing? I am doing also fine, thanks for asking :) The last ten days or were quite hectic, so I have not been a really good blogger. But it is getting better now, hopefully I am back. Still, I am going to keep it short and sweet today.
But before we talk about this Black Sesame Seed Oatmeal, can you imagine that it is already the mid of October? And more specifically, Halloween just in two weeks? Crazy, isn’t it?! (Oh well, I can certainly keep going with the events in November – December, but let’s deal with Halloween first.)
When it comes to Halloween ideas, I tend to struggle a bit. I am not into decorating of food. It’s just not my kind of things (With these Halloween Shortbread Cat Cookies being the only one exception so far.) I think that if you decorate dishes for Halloween, they should be either really spooky or cute, and it’s hard to archive either of these. If you google “Halloween bake fails”, you will find many laughable examples.
So my approach is rather to focus on overall styling / ambience or ingredients or colours instead of trying to make creepy ghosts, monsters, etc. If you check the list below, you will find out that many Halloween recipes involve the use of black sesame seeds. This is a great ingredient to make the food atmospheric without investing too much of your time in food styling itself.
Black Sesame Seed Oatmeal
Same idea with this Black Sesame Seed Oatmeal. Simple oatmeal combined black sesame seeds would result in hearty and tasty bowl…yet not so appetizing, but that’s the goal, right? I know you can sometimes buy black sesame seeds tahini, so if you have it on your hand, you can use it. But I simply processed some seeds in a blender/grinder – just 30 seconds or so, and you will have paste-like consistency. If your blender is not too powerful, you may also add a spoon of water or so.
Result? Nutty, rich, and tasty oatmeal, with not the most appetizing colour :)
I hope you like this Black Sesame Seed Oatmeal, and you will give it a try soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.
Black Sesame Seed OatmealCourse: Breakfast
This Black Sesame Seed Oatmeal sweetened with maple syrup is a tasty and hearty breakfast idea for cold autumn mornings. And with the dramatic grey/black hues, this is also a great recipe for Halloween!
1 cup rolled oats (5-7-minute cooking time)
1 and 1/2 to 2 cups of water
2 tbsp. maple syrup
a pinch of salt
1-2 tsp. butter
~1/4 cup toasted black sesame seeds
- To make the paste, place the toasted black sesame seeds in a blender / grinder and pulse few times for about 20-40 seconds. If your blender is not too powerful, you can help it by adding a spoon or so of water. Depending on how powerful your blender is, you will get the mixture resembling paste or powder (either way will work.)
- In a small saucepan, bring the water with a pinch of salt to a slow boil.
- Add the oats, salt, maple syrup, and the black sesame mixture (start with 2-3 tbsp. adding more later if necessary) and cook, occasionally stirring, for about 5 minutes (depending on the package instruction; I also love to simmer it 30-60 seconds less than suggested) over medium heat. Try and adjust the taste by adding more of the sesame seed paste, salt, or maple syrup. Off heat and add 1-2 tsp. of butter. Cover and let it stand for a minute or two. Then fluff it up a bit and serve immediately sprinkled with some extra sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!
- The standard ratio is roughly 1:2 (oats to liquid), resulting in quite thin porridge. Personally, I love to use less water for an extra thick consistency. Also, I used water, but milk (or coconut milk) is an excellent option for more delicate flavour and richer consistency. When using milk, I like combining ½ a cup of water and ½ a cup of milk.
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