This is a popular dish in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and often served as a breakfast or a dessert. When I lived in China, my parents used to buy some during the winter. I like to enjoy a bowl full of black sesame hot cereal on a cold winter morning or afternoon. It’s easy to find it in the breakfast aisle of any Asian grocery store. However, I haven’t bought any for a long time because of the sugar content in the package.
Although winter is coming to an end, I decided to share with you my homemade, healthy black sesame walnut hot cereal recipe anyway. It is no-sugar-added, gluten-free, and vegan. It’s very easy and quick to make at home with only five simple ingredients. This recipe is guaranteed to be foolproof.
Black sesame seeds are nutritious. They are rich in iron, protein, water-soluble antioxidants, and fatty acids (mostly omega-6 fatty acids). They give a rich nutty flavor to this recipe. I also added some walnuts to enrich the nutty flavor and balance the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids (walnuts have a higher percentage of omega-3 fatty acids than black sesame seeds). I grind and blend together in a food processor all the roasted black sesame seeds, walnuts, glutinous rice flour (also known as sweet rice or sticky rice), and pure stevia extract powder and then store the resulting powder in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. When it comes to the time I want to enjoy some, I just need to boil some water and pour it over the cereal powder.
I hope, after reading this post, you will want to make and try this hot cereal at home. Pack some in your afternoon snack bag and it will nourish you. Or, if you don’t have time to make a fancy dessert for dinner, this warm and comforting hot cereal will be a quick and healthy dessert to serve.
- 5 oz black sesame seeds
- 5 oz walnuts
- 5 oz sweet rice flour
- 1/4 tsp pure stevia extract powder
- ½ cup water
- Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Roast sesame seeds and walnuts for approximately 4 minutes. Stir continuously to prevent burning. Adjust heat if necessary. Set the roasted sesame seeds and walnuts aside.
- In the same sauté pan, roast sweet rice flour until the rice flour turns slightly brown. Approximately 5 minutes.
- Let the roasted sesame seeds, walnuts, and sweet rice flour cool for 5 minutes. Transfer them into food processor and then add stevia. Blend until it’s a fine powder. Use a rubber spatula to fold down the mixture and pulse intermittently if necessary.
- Transfer the powder into an airtight container and store in refrigerator to keep it fresh.
- To make the hot cereal: In a saucepan, bring ½ cup water to boil. Add 2-1/2 tbs cereal powder into the hot water immediately. Stir continuously. Let the cereal stand for 2 minutes to thicken. Serve warm.
You can also replace half the amount of sweet rice flour with oat flour (gluten-free if desired) to increase the healthy benefits.