Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl


Vegan Coconut Black Sesame-Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

Last night I did something dangerous. After I finished off the last of this vegan coconut black sesame ice cream with strawberry swirl as a night-cap. Long after we put Zoella down in her crib – where she instantly rolled onto her belly to drift off to sleep. After we too had snuggled in for the night with the cats.

Vegan Coconut Black Sesame-Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

I got up to go to the bathroom at 4am, leaving the baby in my place where she’d dozed off during a middle of the night feeding. I knew it was dangerous to leave a rolly-polly baby so close to the edge of a 3ft high bed over-looking hard wood floor, but my groggy mom brain reasoned that I could be quick about it. And anyway, she was asleep. I rushed. And when I darted back to bed, I found Lucas had rolled over onto my side and I couldn’t see Zoella.

Cue panic.

“WHERE IS THE BABY?! OMG, YOU CRUSHED HER! ROLL OVER!!! WAKE UP!!!” Like serious major heart-racing panic, as I shoved Lucas awake and flipped on all the lights. Which, of course, is a super rad way to be woken up.

Also in panic but not knowing why, Lucas responded, “What?! Sarah, she’s in her crib,” as he hands me the monitor. Sure enough, there she was, all cozy and asleep where I’d left her at bedtime. She hasn’t nursed in our bed in over a month.

I’m now having sleepwalking mom nightmares. So sleep’s been pretty awesome lately.

Vegan Coconut Black Sesame-Ice Cream with Strawberry SwirlVegan Coconut Black Sesame-Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

You know what the best cure for sleep deprivation is? Nightly scoops (plural) of this coconut black sesame ice cream with strawberry swirl. The black sesame / strawberry mash-up was inspired by the side-by-side scoops I ordered at Humphry Slocombe last month, when I was too indecisive to settle on one.

I could eat this every day forever. Deep smoky black sesame nuttiness blended with vanilla bean flecks in a subtle tropical coconut base with pops of fresh ripe strawberries swirled throughout. To keep things extra creamy, I added a splash of vodka to the base at the advice of my friend Amanda of Heartbeet Kitchen who suggested that tip when she adapted my vegan vanilla bean ice cream. It’s so creamy and rich no one will ever know it’s vegan.

Vegan Coconut Black Sesame-Ice Cream with Strawberry SwirlRodelle Black Sesame Seeds and Vanilla Bean

For my black sesame base, I used Rodelle’s toasted and black sesame seeds. Black sesame seeds are intensely rich and nutty with smoky slightly bitter coffee/chocolate-y notes, while toasted white sesame seeds are a tad sweeter, almost like roasted peanuts and vanilla. Rodelle combines them both into one jar that tosses your tastebuds around all of those flavors at once. If you can’t get your hands on this mixture, you could substitute in toasted sesame seeds for a sweeter tahini-like version or use all black sesame seeds (be sure to toast them before making the paste if they aren’t already!).

I wanted to use uncooked strawberries to infuse their fresh juicy flavor, but experience tells me if you just go throwing fresh fruit into ice cream, you end up with fruit rocks. Serious Eats suggests soaking the fruit in vodka and sugar to draw out excess water, then draining the fruit before adding it to your ice cream. Removing excess water and adding sugar & vodka all contribute to lowering the freezing temperature, thus softening up your berries! Don’t worry, the vodka gets drained out, so all you taste is candy-like sweet sweet strawberries.

Black sesame and strawberries are an unlikely pair that JUST WORK in magical ways.

Vegan Coconut Black Sesame-Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

If you’re a vanilla bean newbie, check out the video Alanna and I made for Rodelle last year.

Disclosure: Special thanks to Rodelle for sponsoring this post! Find more Rodelle inspiration on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. And thanks to you for supporting the brands that keep Snixy Kitchen cooking!

Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl
Yields: 1 generous quart
Strawberry Swirl
  • 2 cups minced strawberries
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup vodka
Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream Base
  • ¾ cup Rodelle Black & Toasted Sesame Seeds*
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut cream (Available at Trader Joe's or online)
  • 1 (13.66-ounce) can full fat coconut milk (Thai Kitchens brand available at most major grocery stores or online)
  • ¾ cup raw turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ a Rodelle vanilla bean split and seeds scraped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Strawberry Swirl
  1. Toss the strawberries, sugar, and vodka in a small bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Strain the liquid from the berries and transfer half of the berries to a food processor, whizzing until smooth. Add the remaining berries and pulse 3-4 times. Set aside.
Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream Base
  1. Whizz the sesame seeds in a food processor until they turn into a thick paste. At first it will seem as though they won't change, but after 6-8 minutes, their oils will seep out, helping transform them into a paste. Scrape down the sides every few minutes.
  2. In a medium pot, whisk the black sesame paste with 3 tablespoons of the coconut cream until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining coconut cream, coconut milk, sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla bean seeds and pod, and salt to the pot and warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the cream begins to simmer, remove the pot from heat. Cover and let the mixture steep for 20 minutes. Remove the bean pod, scraping out the insides of the pods for all that vanilla goodness.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice cubes and water.
  5. Pour the base into a large 1-gallon Ziploc bag. Seal it and submerge the mixture in the ice bath until cold, about 30 minutes. (You can also skip this step by refrigerating until the mixture is cold, about 4 hours).
  6. Pour the ice cream base into the bowl of your pre-frozen ice cream maker. Follow the directions on your ice cream maker to churn the base into ice cream, until it is the consistency of soft-serve, about 15-18 minutes.
  7. Spread ¼ of the ice cream mixture into a loaf pan. Dollop ¼ of the strawberry mixture in 4-5 places on top of the ice cream. Use the back of a spoon or a chopstick to gently swirl the strawberries into the ice cream. Repeat 3 times until you've used up all of the ice cream and strawberry mixture.
  8. Cover the ice cream and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
*If you can't get your hands on this mixture, you could substitute in toasted sesame seeds for a sweeter tahini-like version or use all black sesame seeds (be sure to toast them before making the paste if they aren't already!).

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  1. Matt says:

    I love reading your posts :) And this seriously looks like the best ice cream ever.

  2. Sheri says:

    Need some of this ice cream!!

  3. Veronica says:

    Wow! This looks so good! Today would have been perfect! It is so darn hot here that just going out to the mailbox to fetch the mail felt like an oven had been turned on and I was the one melting! Your ice cream looks so fancy and yummy!

  4. Gorgeous colors, and what a fun & exotic flavor combo!! Somehow I didn’t quite realize black sesame paste was easy to make at home. Now I can’t wait to try it!

  5. kristan says:

    This ice cream is BEAUTIFUL!! I love reading all the tips you included in this post, especially the one about using vodka and sugar to draw out extra water, genius!

    So glad your little nugget was tucked away safely in her bed. I had a similar scare when my brother was little, and boy did that freak me out.

  6. You totally had me there! Haha. Aww, I hope the nightmares cease soon – I can only imagine this ice cream should help! It is GORGEOUS and I love that vodka/sugar tip. xoxo

  7. Alanna says:

    I can report firsthand that this ice cream is as delicious as it is gorgeous. <3

  8. Awwww you poor thing!!!! I know I shouldn’t be laughing but it’s all in the name of “glad everything is okay and it wasn’t even real or else that’s just simply messed up of me and I need help”!

    Phew…can’t imagine what that panic would feel like, Sarah! The closest thing–errrr I should say, the worst thing that could have been detrimental actually and I can’t believe that it happened to us–was when Selah was barely able to stand up and being the super active baby that she was/is (and athletic might I add), she managed to get herself on the edge of a grocery cart while IN the deep end of the cart (not the toddler’s seating part) and yes….fell over as soon as I looked away for a mere 4-5 seconds!!!!! Just thinking about it gives me chills and indigestion. Don’t judge me, anybody out there! Haha. (She was completely okay and doctors cleared her right away) Just thought you might want to know about that for future reference. ;) And it’s so good that Zoella is being independent by sleeping in her crib~every mommy needs that in one way or another. :)

    Also, you know I love this kind of ice cream!!!! black sesame is so so good in desserts that I’m tempted to open up an all-black-sesame-type eatery sometimes. But the business part of it completely scares me.

    • Hahaha – nono, you can absolutely laugh. I’m laughing. Lucas is laughing. Oh geez – I’d probably FREAK OUT if that happened. I’m still wearing her at the supermarket…maybe I’ll just keep doing that haha. I would totally come visit your all black sesame eatery. I might live in it. <3

  9. That’s just your protective mom brain jumping into action :) The color of this ice cream is insanely beautiful!!

  10. Oh man, that’s a hell of a way to wake up! Fingers crossed for no more sleepwalking mama nightmares – just eat like 50 gallons of this yummy ice cream, I’m sure that’ll fix it!

  11. Aysegul says:

    WOW! That is a true nightmare. I am so happy that she was in her crib.
    This ice cream is everything. I loved the idea of soaking fruit in vodka. I am going to use this trick next time I make a fruity ice cream.

  12. janet says:

    one thing that actually happened once to someone I may know well is that she couldn’t find the baby anywhere in the room and then her other two children, who seemed alarmed but not not as worried as a missing baby warranted, said, um, mama, HE’S ON YOUR BACK IN THE BACKPACK.

    Thanks to this sesame situation and that roasted cherry business I recently was exposed to, I now have to go buy an ice cream maker. THANKS A LOT.

    : )

  13. I remember having black sesame ice cream when we were in Tokyo! Can’t wait to make this version at home!!

  14. bahahahaa!!!! Sorry I’m laughing at you but that’s pretty funny. Reminds me of the time Truman was still not crawling and I set him down somewhere but couldn’t remember where. He’s so dang quiet. I searched the whole house for my baby before remembering that he was napping in his crib. PARENTING. It makes you lose your mind!! Let’s all have this ice cream to comfort ourselves.

  15. Absolutely love these flavors and colors!

  16. Oh nights with baby can be so stressful, even when baby is sleeping soundly! Black sesame ice cream is definitely well deserved. I can’t get over how delicious black sesame ice cream is – and that strawberry swirl is just gorgeous!

    • I remember when we first brought her home, I could barely sleep – I just wanted to watch her all night IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENED. Fortunately we learn to let go of some of that fear as they get older or we’d all be zombies;)

  17. Oh that would be so scary! The only similar thing I have done is waking up in the middle of the night convinced I had heard my alarm and it was 630 and time to head to uni – I got dressed and got breakfast ready and everything before realising it was still 1am haha!! Oops. One of those things that you hardly remember happening in the morning too – like, did I dream that whole entire thing?
    This ice cream looks incredible – I’ve been wanting to incorporate sesame into more of my sweet baking (lots of Ottolenghi inspiration!) and I especially love how you added the strawberry swirl! x

    • Haha that’s too funny! Last night I apparently had a conversation with my friend Alanna while we were bunking together that I do not remember. Though, according to her, I said, “I really appreciate how much you care about the baby.” Hahaha. Black sesame desserts are my favorite – I can’t wait to see what combos you come up with!!

  18. Signe says:

    I have to try this one!
    Looks amazing <3

  19. WHAT AM I LOOKING AT?! This seriously looks like the most interesting ice cream int he world! I want to eat it solely because it looks so cool!

    • This comment makes my night:) It’s definitely my newest favorite ice cream in the world. I don’t often make the same ice cream twice (because: SO MANY ICE CREAMS TO MAKE!) but this one is going to be on constant repeat all summer.

  20. Vitaliya says:

    Glorious! I wish I could try cooking this ice-cream, but I don’t have an ice-cream maker. Sooooo I’ll obviously end up with licking the display of all my devices ahah

  21. Anne says:

    Ommgggg I need this!

  22. Carla says:

    Oh, YESSSSS. This seems to be decent consolation for the fact that you had such an intense middle of the night panic! (At least you aren’t having dreams about dating Kardashians.) (Guess who is!)

  23. Mom nightmares are real! This used to happen to me allllll the time! Long after I stopped nursing her in bed, I would wake up in a panic, thinking the pillow I was laying on was her. I’d wake up and grab my husband and grab all around the bed reaching for her. It’s real.
    It just means you love her so much, you’d do anything to protect her. <3

    • And the more comfortable I get, the easier it is to just pass out while nursing! In the beginning: no way! Now I’m asleep almost as quick as she is. Glad I’m not alone!!

  24. Kirk Bogacki says:

    Love how healthy and delicious this ice cream is. Black sesame is something that I don t use in sweets very often but definitely am inspired to get my hands on some now so I can make this!

  25. Niels says:

    That strawberry ice cream looks DELICIOUS! I will definitely give it a try. Thanks!

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