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Some milk foam and black sesame seeds adds a touch of pizzazz to the top of this black sesame latte, but it's tasty even without the extra adornments! #sesameseeds #latte #decaf #drinks

Sesame Latte

This black sesame latte is a nutty, creamy non-caffeinated drink perfect for cozying up to on a cool night!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Fusion, Japanese
Keyword black sesame, black tea, decaf, drinks, egg-free, milk, non-alcoholic, nut-free, sesame oil, sesame seeds, tahini, tea, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 447 kcal


  • 2 T black sesame powder
  • 1 cup reduced fat 2% milk
  • ¼ cup strong decaf black tea
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 T half and half
  • pinch of salt


  1. Toast the ground sesame seeds for 5-10 minutes, or until fragrant. You can do this on the stovetop in a skillet over medium-low heat or in the oven/toaster oven at 200F.
  2. Warm the milk slightly (30 seconds in a microwave is fine).
  3. In a blender, place the milk, tea, tahini, sesame oil, honey, half and half and salt. Blend for 15-30 seconds, or until combined. Pour into a glass, microwave for 1 minute, give it a stir and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

To make the black sesame seed powder: grind ¼ cup sesame seeds in a high speed blender (think a Vitamix). A 5-speed blender or Magic Bullet isn't powerful enough to grind the seeds fine enough, so I'd recommend trying to look for ground sesame seeds at an Asian market if you don't have a strong blender.

Feel free to use a dollop of ice cream or sub in heavy cream if you don’t have half and half!

You can skip blending the drink and mix everything together by hand - it won’t be as homeogenous but it will still taste great (and less dishes!).

The sesame seeds will separate from the rest of the drink pretty quickly, but don’t worry. Stir/swirl it back together before you take a sip.

Feel free to sub in soy milk, light coconut milk, oat milk, etc for the cows milk if you want to keep this vegan. You can also sub in some other kind of tea for the black tea- you're looking for something a little bitter to cut through the rest of the drink.