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Creamy Sesame & Orange Smoothie

Yesterday I cleared out my desk, closed the computer, said goodbye to my colleagues and walked away from my job as a magazine art director. I have worked with magazines for the past 11 years and always loved my job, so as I wrote earlier, this wasn’t exactly an easy decision. But I truly believe that it is good and challenging to step outside your comfort zone every now and then. Remind yourself that you can always learn new things, change your habits and walk in new directions.

On Monday we will start this new life. I have no idea where it leads us, but I can promise you one thing – this blog and our apps will get more attention and a lot more love in the future. We can’t hardly wait to let you in on all the exciting projects that we have planned. But let’s take one thing at the time, today we just want to start out smooooth-ie.


If you have been following us for a while, you probably know that we keep a few different plant milks on rotation in our home. Almond milk, oat milk, rice milk and GMO-free soy milk are frequent visitors in our fridge. Today we wanted to introduce another one – open sesame!

Sesame milk is the winner in the strong-bone-milk debate. With eight times as much calcium than cow milk! Sesame seeds are unfortunately also quite high in phytic acid, which can lower the mineral absorption. But you solve that problem by soaking them. Unhulled sesame seeds contain the highest amount of calcium, but are a bit too bitter for a milk or cream recipe, so aim for a combination of hulled and unhulled sesame seeds to get the fully nutritional value.

Here we are blabbing on about sesame milk, when we are actually using sesame cream in this recipe. It’s the same thing but with less water. We have blended it with orange and vanilla into a thick and silky smoothie that we pour over some mashed raspberries. The berries are mainly there because they make the whole thing look much prettier, but they also add a fresh twist in flavor. Cheers!


Creamy Sesame & Orange Smoothie
Serves 4

1 cup (240 ml) sesame seeds (3/4 hulled and 1/4 unhulled), soaked for 6-8 hours
2 cups (480 ml) water
1 steel sieve (mesh strainer) for straining
2 large oranges, peeled and cut into smaller pieces
1 tsp ground cinnamon + extra for serving
8 fresh soft dates, pitted (if using dried, soak first)
1 pinch of sea salt
1 cup (240 ml) raspberries (thawed frozen are fine)

In the evening (or in the morning), place the sesame seeds and water in a jar and let soak for 6-8 hours. Drain the excess water and place sesame seeds and the 2 cups fresh water in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the sesame mixture through a steel sieve (the cream is too thick to run through a nut milk bag). Rinse the blender. Place the strained cream back in the blender and add oranges, cinnamon, dates and sea salt. Blend until smooth and thick. Refrigerate until chilled (or add 2-3 ice cubes when you are blending it). Mash the raspberries and divide them equally between 4 glasses. Carefully pour the smoothie over the raspberries, dust with cinnamon and enjoy.

Keeps for 3 days in the refrigerator.

Tip: For a quick calcium boost, add a couple of spoonfuls tahini or pre-soaked unhulled sesame seeds to your regular smoothie recipe (and skip the straining).

Tip: If you just want to make sesame milk, just double the water, add a pinch of sea salt and vanilla and strain through a nut milk bag.


  1. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 00:42 | #

    I love sesame milk and this looks like a great way to use it! Growing up the only smoothies my dad ever made were orange ones. Of course his weren’t quite as healthy or interesting as this recipe, but I’m sure this will bring back memories. I’ll be trying this one in the morning!
    Love and light,

  2. Monika
    Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 00:44 | #

    Read this as a goodnight article and now I can’t wait to wake up and try this fab recipe! good night

  3. emily
    Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 01:08 | #

    That is crazy beautiful! Good luck with your new life, can’t wait to hear about those new projects!

  4. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 01:27 | #

    Sound delicious and perfect as an after-workout-treat. And I have two questions for you guys; First, what lens do you usually use? Second, what strainer/milkbag would you recommend? I’m a bit of a beginner when it comes to nut and seed milks but oh so eager to learn. /S

  5. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 01:46 | #

    What a beautiful photo and a great idea. I wish you the best with your new adventure. How exciting…you will be wonderful.

  6. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 01:49 | #

    Sesame milk sounds fabulous! This is such an awesome idea!!

  7. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 02:31 | #

    Yum! I often add tahini to my smoothies but had never thought to actually make milk from sesame seeds. Beautiful. xx

  8. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 02:37 | #

    Congratulations! I know you have a large crowd rooting you on. Never made sesame milk before – must try.

  9. Kaida
    Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 02:57 | #

    Congratulations on the change! I left my job (in advertising) after 21 years in 2010 to follow my creative heart. The first year was full of the unexpected, but now… I am so happy. I wish you a gentle year of transition and loads of support and love.

  10. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 03:54 | #

    Love your work, and I can’t wait to see where you take the blog! Good luck with it all – you made the right decision!

  11. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 05:02 | #

    Such a creative recipe!!

  12. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 05:32 | #

    I just discovered your blog and just wanted to say I’m in love with your writing, photography and recipes already……everything about it then! Good luck for your next chapter.

  13. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 05:32 | #

    Congratulations for starting your new adventure! And this smoothie looks divine – I love how rich and creamy it looks. Dates in smoothies are very very delicious, and I love the combination of orange, vanilla and berries.

  14. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 06:04 | #

    How inspiring when one decides to chase their dreams. I aspire to make this same decision one day. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see what unfolds for GKS.

  15. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 06:12 | #

    A beautiful smoothie to make soon! All the best David in your new journey. I am sure you will do wonderfully in the new journey because you keep on following your heart and passion, which comes through all your amazing recipes, pictures and posts!!!

  16. Claire
    Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 07:02 | #

    Hi David

    Good luck with the next chapter of your career. I’ve no doubt you’ve just scratched the surface of greatness with Green Kitchen Stories. Both you & Luise seem very passionate about your product & after all this is one of the keys to success.

    My partner & I are not vegetarians but your recipes are a regular feature on our table and have been for some time.

    Apart from writing to wish you all the best, I have a question –

    I live in Söder & I’m wondering if you can suggest where I might buy a nut milk bag. I have tried to find muslin bags but haven’t had any success.

    I hope you can please advise..

  17. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 07:56 | #

    I’m sure that whatever you decide to do and whichever direction you take, you’ll find nothing but success there! You were both so lovely when I met you at the London book signing. Your work is consistently great and I can’t wait to see what you guys are up to next.

  18. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 10:17 | #

    Hi David. Great pictures, especially the first one. I always have troubles shooting from that perspective. Do you have any tips for me?
    Wish you all the best for your future!

  19. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 10:48 | #

    I am in love with your photography!
    We often make sesame milk, is our favorite milk after the almond one, but I use only unhulled sesame, and with some honey, the milk is not bitter at all.
    Good luck for your next chapter.

  20. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 11:50 | #

    Great photos, you know what you doing.

  21. Jess
    Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 12:06 | #

    Yum! I am enjoying this for dinner right now!

  22. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 16:42 | #

    Good luck with everything! Just remember that no matter what, you’ll have this smoothie, this blog, and all your blog readers :)

  23. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 17:13 | #

    Reading this, I am thinking more and more about that it may time for some high speed blender in my kitchen. Love this recipe and wish you all the best for your future plans!!

  24. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 18:41 | #

    Best of luck on this new challenge – you certainly have lots of support and encouraging followers from the blogging world! I;ve been following gks for a long time and have to say every post makes me jealous of your amazing talent and beautiful family & life! such an inspiration for my own blog, photography & cooking.
    And what an original idea for a smoothie – definitely trying it soon! thanks for the recipe :)

  25. Julia
    Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 19:03 | #

    That sounds really good! I will give it a try as soon as i get my hands on some nice organic oranges.
    Concerning your apps: do you think one day they will be available for Android, too? Or do i have to change my phone to use them ^^?

  26. Posted 8 Sep ’13 at 19:54 | #

    Gosh this looks fantastic! I’ve only recently learnt of the calcium content in sesame and have been trying to add more into my diet.

  27. Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 00:52 | #

    Wow, what a great idea! can´t wait to try sesame cream when we are back in the world of appliances. All the best with your new ventures. It can feel scary at first but so worth it when you make the space for new and wonderful oppurtunities to arise.

  28. Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 02:07 | #

    Wow! What a refreshing recipe to accompany this exciting new chapter of your life and career… Congratulations! This one looks too good to resist!

  29. Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 03:40 | #

    Congratulations on the major jump outside your comfort zone1 wishin you the very best of luck while I continue to follow your blog and dig into your fabulous recipes.
    Anne Bursey
    Pontiac, Quebec

  30. Lucia
    Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 04:07 | #

    Any ideas for the pulp? Do I discard?

  31. Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 10:03 | #

    Beautiful photos… looks delicious ★

  32. Andrea
    Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 10:38 | #

    This looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try it! And good luck with your new life! :)

  33. Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 15:57 | #

    WOW. This looks soooo amazing. Love the pictures. Just gonna start follow your blog right now!

  34. Nair
    Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 16:15 | #

    David and Louise,

    you are beautiful people and beautiful is also everything you do! I am a recent subscriber and wish you all the best for your new life! You are an inspiration to me.:) nair

  35. Julia
    Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 18:20 | #

    Hi David,

    this sounds amazing!

    Do you think it will also work with black sesame?
    That’s all I’ve got here at the moment.

    • Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 20:24 | #

      Sure, why not … I’m not sure about the color though. Good luck and let us know how it turned out.

  36. Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 19:00 | #

    Pinned! Can’t wait to try this.

  37. Susie
    Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 21:55 | #

    I love this idea, and I love your site! I’ve always wondered – what is a good substitute for dried fruit? I am not a fan of any dried fruit and there are so many recipes that call for it. Can I substitute fresh fruit or some honey instead?

    • Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 22:11 | #

      Hi, it really depends on the recipe. In this recipe we use fresh dates. If you can’t get hold on that, you can of course use honey or more orange.

      Good luck:-)

  38. Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 23:25 | #

    Never heard of this! Looks like a keeper though. Good luck on your new direction of life, sounds like you’ll be very happy with your decision.

  39. Posted 10 Sep ’13 at 02:30 | #

    Congrats on this new adventure– I cannot wait to see how much more amazing this blog can get! Also love the idea for sesame milk :) aloha, a

  40. Posted 10 Sep ’13 at 19:17 | #

    Oooo! I’ve never tried sesame milk. Give me, give me, give me!

  41. Yvonne
    Posted 10 Sep ’13 at 19:28 | #

    Good luck with the new step in your life! Hope you are enjoying it already. Your blog is wonderful! Thanks for sharing all this with us.

  42. Posted 11 Sep ’13 at 12:32 | #

    Congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone, I did the same earlier this year and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

    Also, this smoothie looks absolutely yummy, can’t wait to try it out.

    Good luck with the future :)

  43. Mariam
    Posted 11 Sep ’13 at 12:33 | #

    What a gorgeous and unusual smoothie combo! Do you think making the sesame cream will work in a stick blender? It works for me with cashew cream so not too sure!

    • Posted 11 Sep ’13 at 16:25 | #

      I can’t see why not, especially if you soak the sesame seeds first and blend for a longer time. Let us know how it worked out :-)

  44. Posted 11 Sep ’13 at 21:02 | #

    was so looking forward to this, but bitter, bitter, bitter! I soaked the sesame seeds as well as the dates… couldnt drink it!

  45. Posted 12 Sep ’13 at 02:44 | #

    Wow. Learn something everyday I guess. This is very interesting. Will give this a try for sure so thanks!

  46. Posted 12 Sep ’13 at 13:10 | #

    Thank you for this recipe, it’s so inspiring!
    I’ll definitely try it out.
    Have a lovely day :)

  47. Tina
    Posted 12 Sep ’13 at 17:18 | #

    What a powerful step into the open – congratulations! I just came upon your blog and apps today, and look forward to enjoy it / use it…

  48. Caroline
    Posted 13 Sep ’13 at 12:15 | #

    Good luck with your new life! I can’t wait to see all the projects you have planned! Truly great. I made some sesame milk a few weeks ago and it was too bitter to stand! :) But I’ll try your recipe! 8 dates will help for sure :)

  49. Posted 13 Sep ’13 at 15:12 | #

    Original and inspiring recipe. Can’t wait to try this unique smoothie :) Good luck on your new adventure in life too.

  50. Posted 13 Sep ’13 at 20:56 | #

    I’ve never had sesame milk before, but have always love nut milk. This looks so luscious and creamy!!

  51. Dea
    Posted 14 Sep ’13 at 15:23 | #

    Hi guys!

    Awesome recipe! And all the best in your new life!

    Just one question about the sesame seeds. What improves the mineral absorption, the fact that they are unhulled, unhulled and soaked or
    just that they are soaked (or does soaking make them unhulled?)?

    So many questions!

    Thank you!

    • Posted 15 Sep ’13 at 20:55 | #

      Hi Dea, sorry to poke my nose in but this might be useful for you!

      1.Soaked unhulled sesame seeds will have the most nutrients (there are tons of nutrients like calcium in the hull of the seed) but unhulled seeds tend to be a bit bitter (but I love it!). Soaking unhulled seeds makes the nutrients more bio-available (enzyme inhibitors are removed). They do not become unhulled by soaking them.

      2.Hulled seeds are not as bitter as they do not contain the hull (outside covering of the seeds). Adding in unhulled soaked seeds will make the flavor of the milk milder due to the lack of the bitter hull.

      I hope my answers helped :)


  52. Posted 15 Sep ’13 at 17:19 | #

    Congrats with this step, xan’t wait to see where this journey takes you and your family. Wishing you all the best of luck!

  53. Posted 15 Sep ’13 at 20:45 | #

    Looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I absolutely adore anything sesame-based and sesame milk is right up there. I love the creamy bitterness of the sesame with something sweet like the dates and oranges that you’ve included in your smoothie (or even bananas). <3

  54. Allie
    Posted 25 Sep ’13 at 00:12 | #

    Hello, I have an allergy to sesame. Do you think another seed would work?

  55. Posted 25 Sep ’13 at 17:49 | #

    I’ve always been iffy with sesame seeds but this sounds really intriguing! I’ll have to give it a try soon :)

  56. Posted 25 Sep ’13 at 19:46 | #

    The colors of this smoothie are absolutly gorgeous! Love the raspberries at the bottom too….looking forward to trying it soon. Thank you for sharing!

  57. Gladys
    Posted 29 Sep ’13 at 18:31 | #

    Thank you for all this information is very useful. When I prepare sesame milk I always ad a very little pinch of integral salt and it gets better taste. Usually I prepare it whith banana and blend until smooth.

  58. Posted 30 Sep ’13 at 11:00 | #

    Firstly, huge congratulations on being bold (and talented)enough to follow your heart. My journey is changing too. I wish you lots of joy,

    I love this unusual recipe, I can’t wait to try it. I’m sure the nuttiness is gorgeous! Is it quite a fatty recipe do you think? Not that it ever stops me…x

  59. Natalie
    Posted 24 Oct ’13 at 15:48 | #

    Hej you beautiful foodie couple ;)
    Just looked up your blog today and was really impressed. I’m a vegetarian and have got into a “recepy hunt” kind of phase. Your picture and style reminds me of someone else…..Yotam Ottolenghi! Because it is, like his food, both elegant and wild at the same time. Hope you don’t mind the connection I make, but definitely we would need some more really good vegetarian restaurants, the ones in Stockholm are kind of old and rusty, according to me at least. Have you ever been to Ulriksdal Slott vegetarian restaurant? They pick the fresh organic produce from their amazing gardens and create totally fresh organic world cuisine meals, and its less costly than some of Stockholm sophisticated restaurants. Yeah, ok its a days trip out to Ulriksdal slot, but do come around sometime! (I live nearby so for me its easier). Ok best of luck whatever is your secret plan but sooo cool to have these kind of talented fresh people living in Stockholm! peace n love ;)

  60. Hannah
    Posted 4 Nov ’13 at 18:18 | #

    Hey, this sounds really good! I’m just trying out different smoothie recipes but unfortunately I’m allergic to citrus (oranges, limes, …), what would be a good way to replace them?
    Thanks for this great blog!

  61. Posted 17 Nov ’13 at 20:25 | #

    Wow, very clean, well designed website..Amazing

  62. Posted 20 Nov ’13 at 04:53 | #

    Thank you so much for this amazing looking recipe! I love healthy recipes and I will look forward to trying it out and sharing it with my followers at TianaGustafson.com. As Arnold says “I’ll be back” :) Thanks again!

  63. Posted 21 Nov ’13 at 15:15 | #


    thank you so much for this brillant recipy!!! I did not have any berries at home so I replaced it with something like a compote, stewed fruit with a fun composition of indian spices. So yummy!
    I adore your webside.

    Thank you

  64. Olga Herschel
    Posted 8 Dec ’14 at 09:43 | #

    Hi David & Louise,

    I just made this amazing smoothie and was wondering, if there were some good recipes to use the remaining sesame seeds in the strainer. My blender is not a very strong one so when producing nut milks I have quite an amount of nut puree left over. It’s such a pity to throw it- maybe you guys can develop some ways to eat that, too? E.g. some power müsli bars, cookies… Wish you all the best and love and admire your work!

    • yrf
      Posted 18 May ’17 at 21:35 | #

      For the leftovers when I make nut milk I freeze it and throw it in baking.
      Or you can throw it in a porridge.

      I used tahini as I wanted to use it now, think I might have used too much and I used a cashew/coco milk.
      Will try to do just the milk next time

  65. Rieke
    Posted 12 Mar ’17 at 09:47 | #

    I made the smoothie for breakfast this morning and it is delicious!!!

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