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Black sesame ice cream bars

120 minutes - 4 large bars 1s1of

Black sesame ice cream bars, because it's starting to get warmer in Montreal! I want something sweet, nutty, refreshing and BLACK to eat! Need to goth-up my insides.

Ok, so it's not black. Grey is fine though, grey is gorgeous. There should be more, naturally grey, foods.

Making crusts is always an ordeal for me, most of the time i don't have the ingredients to make it. A lot of recipes call for graham crackers, or dates. While I often do have dates, i don't have an endless supply of it. Was wondering if there was something i could do with oats, i always have a TON of steel cut oats on hand.

I looked up recipes for oat-based crusts, and found this awesome one by Lauren Goslin from 'oatmeal with a fork'. Her recipe called for olive oil, but I swapped it for coconut oil. Coconut oil suits desserts perfectly, assuming you like the taste of coconut . The flavour can be pretty strong.

As for the black sesame ice cream, this is actually my 3rd attempt. First one was good, made it with silken tofu and coconut milk. Didn't have any silken tofu left for this batch, so gave bananas a go, and it worked out great too!

Being able to make black sesame ice cream at home makes me happy. Now that Japan is so far away, and that kombinis aren't 5 minutes away anymore. AH I miss the convenience of Kombinis.

Ingredients

Crust


Oats1 1/2 cups, groundSugar2 tbspCoconut oil1/4 cupWater4 tbsp, coldOats1 1/2 cups, groundSugar2 tbspCoconut oil1/4 cupWater4 tbsp, cold

Ice cream


Black sesame seeds2/3 cupCoconut milk1 canSugar4 tbspBanana1Black sesame seeds2/3 cupCoconut milk1 canSugar4 tbspBanana1

Instructions

Crust

Preheat oven to 375F.Put 1 1/2 cups of oat flour and 2 tbsp of sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Pour 1/4 cup of coconut oil and stir until the batter has a crumb-like texture. Stir in 4 tbsp of cold water to moisten it further. you can make your own oat flour using steel cut oats by grinding them in a food processor or using an immersion blender.Spoon mixture into 4 mini loaf pans, flatten well with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool. I used mini kitchenaid silicone bread pans

Ice cream

Heat 2/3 cups of black sesame seeds in a pan at medium heat, once they start to pop remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to a food processor and grind into a fine powder.Put in a blender with 1 can of coconut milk, 4 tbsp of sugar and 1 banana. Pulse until smooth.Put pans into a tray, separate batter evenly overtop of the oat crust into the 4 mini pans. The reason i placed them on a tray is so i dont have to handle the silicone bread pans individually, since the mold is soft it means it can 'twist' and cause the batter to spill on the sides of the oat crust. Isn't a big deal but the presentation isn't as pretty if you can't see the two layersPut in the freezer for 3 hours or so. Pop out of the molds and store in another container or eat and enjoy! After spending a long time in the fridge the ice cream part will get pretty hard, you should take it out of the freezer 10 minutes before eating it. It'll be softer and easier to eat that wayOne bar can serve 2 people! Just slice in two! Serve with fresh fruit.
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