Black Sesame Paste | An Alternative To Tahini

Using my tahini recipe as a base, I made black sesame paste. The colour is certainly unique and may be off putting to some. But I loved the richness of this paste and found the colour appealing.

Black Sesame Paste
Head straight on to the Recipe For ♥ Black Sesame Paste ♥

I mentioned in a book review that I had found one particular quote quite inspiring. “Mountains exist for you to climb, not for you to carry.”  Straight away I had a post in mind. As you are aware, my blog is extremely anecdotal. I share things that happen in my daily life, and observations of my surroundings. A lot of what I write about are my own musings on life. And this quote seemed so apt for someone I once knew. She was married straight out of university to her highschool sweetheart. And not long after their marriage, things started to break down. They were heading in very different directions and eventually, they got divorced. She stayed in the marital home, and he moved on with his life. He got married and had children and built a new life for himself, following his passions. And she has remained stuck.

Today’s inspirational recipe from Lavender and Lime ♥ Black Sesame Paste ♥ #LavenderAndLime Click To Tweet

To this day, she has not moved on. She is still waiting for him to come home. And I wonder about the burden she is carrying, longing for something that will never be. No matter what people tell her, she just cannot accept this. And I wonder how this has affected her entire life since he left? I wish I could tell her that it is time to set down the mountain, and find a new one to climb. I know in my own life I have had bad things happen to me. But learning to let go has been so cathartic. And especially now, when depression is so easy to slide into. I have taught myself to start each day looking for the silver lining. And to be grateful for what is, rather than hold on to what was. Did this quote resonate with you?

Black Sesame Cookies

Click on the links for conversions and notes.
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Black Sesame Paste

This is a great base for cookies and ice cream
Recipe Category: Condiments
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 125 g black sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 30 mls olive oil
  • 10 mls sesame oil


  • Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth
  • Store in a sterilized glass jar and use as needed


See this post on how I sterilize my glass jars.
Apple Tarte Tatin With Black Sesame Ice Cream
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime December

My parents arrive from Johannesburg today. We will be relaxing as much as we can over the next 12 days. I will pop into my blog when I can during the time they are here.

Top of Page


I am passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when I cook. I live in Gordons Bay with my husband and dogs. Dave and I are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year we visit a new place overseas to experience the food of the area. Follow along on our adventures!

View Comments

  • Right now stuck in a place wanting something new to happen and it's a battle to just be at peace and totally grateful for what I have and not wanting more.. ;-)

  • it is a thoughtful quote, and the story about your friend illustrates the importance of always moving forward with our life...

  • Tandy this looks so interesting. My daughter just said to me yesterday that she wants to make some black sesame ice cream, which she really enjoyed at Byron Bay when she was on holiday recently. I will share this post with her. Great advice in your post about moving on. Some personalities find that easier than others. Have a wonderful festive season.

    • I made some black sesame ice cream with this, and will be sharing the recipe soon! Have a wonderful time as well :)

  • Using black sesame seeds that way looks very creative. I have only a tiny jar of them, so the recipe isn't a candidate for me to do. I'm surprised that there are no other ingredients.

    I hope you enjoy your parents' visit. You are lucky that your government has protected you so that you can visit.

    be safe... mae at

    • We are lucky and blessed indeed that our government has for the most part been on top of things regarding regulations.

  • I was a bit disappointed when I made my own tahini. I'd be willing to try it with the black sesame seeds though...

Recent Posts

Quick And Easy, Ella Mills | Vegan Recipe Book

Ella’s new collection, Quick And Easy, shows us that vegan cooking doesn’t have to be…

1 day ago

Pomegranate Jam | 4 Ingredient Recipe

I was really amazed how much the arils from one pomegranate weighed. That is all…

3 days ago

A Wedding In The Country, Katie Fforde

A Wedding In The Country opening line: 'Garlic should be the same size as an…

4 days ago

Five Spice Rub Made With Fresh Spices

Making a dry rub to keep is something we do quite often. This recipe for…

6 days ago

Oppie Dorp, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Situated in Dorp Street Stellenbosch is our latest find, Oppie Dorp. Expect generous portions, a…

1 week ago

Berry Crostata | Recipe For The Braai (BBQ)

According to Weber's Ultimate Braai Book, indirect heat is key to cooking the delicate, flaky crust…

1 week ago