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Black Sesame Walnut Mix for Hot Cereal {Zhi Ma Hu}

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Black Sesame Walnut Mix {for Hot Cereal Zhi Ma Hu 芝麻糊}

Black Sesame Walnut Mix features roasted and then powdered black sesame seeds and walnut blend. Just add boiling water and honey for an extremely yummy hot cereal, we call Zhi Ma Hu {芝麻糊} in Chinese. Literally translated as sesame mush, Zhi Ma Hu {芝麻糊} is a traditional and old-fashioned food in China. It also boasts as one of the most nutritious and delicious breakfast items.

Zhi Ma Hu {芝麻糊} Fun Facts

Zhi Ma Hu {芝麻糊} was one of my favorite breakfast/snack items as I grew up in China in the ’70s. Sesame and walnut are both incredibly tasty food with a pleasant, appetizing aroma. The two nutritional seeds/nuts work so well together to present you with this amazing, satisfying flavor and taste, along with the impressive health benefit.

Black Sesame Walnut Hot Cereal {Zhi Ma Hu}
Zhi Ma Hu made of Black Sesame Walnut Mix

Sesame Seeds is an ancient superfood

Traditional Chinese Medicine {TCM} believes sesame seeds, especially the black sesame seeds, possess incredibly powerful health and nutritional benefits. Improve kidney and liver meridians, help detox the body, and improve digestive functions, just to name a few.

Rosted Black Sesame Seeds
Rosted Black Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are rich in protein and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron, and magnesium. TCM also promotes sesame seeds as a superfood that improves hair health. Make the hair look shiny, full and restore the natural original dark color.

The best way for the body to absorb the sesame seeds nutrients is by enjoying them in a powered toasted sesame seeds fashion.

Read here to learn all the tips and tricks to roast organic raw sesame seeds over the stovetop using a wok healthy, easy, and quick.

Walnut is an amazing superfood, especially benefiting brain health

Walnut is another superfood favored by Chinese culture and culinary arts since ancient times. People believe walnuts provide healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Experts also believe walnuts are rich in antioxidants, a super plant source of omega-3s, may decrease inflammation, promote a healthy gut, may reduce the risk of some cancers, so on and forth.

Roasted Walnuts {Quick Easy Stovetop via Wok}
Roasted Walnuts {Quick Easy Stovetop via Wok}

TCM {Traditional Chinese Medicine} also strongly believes walnuts boost brain health.

Roasted walnuts via stovetop in a wok with a pinch of salt and black pepper probably is probably the easiest way and healthiest way to enjoy this superfood as a snack. Read here for a guided step-by-step tutorial.

Quick Easy Walnut Smoothie is another way to enjoy walnuts

Quick Easy Walnut Smoothie made of California walnuts are naturally delicious and super healthy. You can serve them either hot or cold, based on your preferences and/or weather condition. Truly perfect for an on-the-go nutritious snack.

Quick Easy Walnut Smoothie {Serve Cold or Hot}
Quick Easy Walnut Smoothie {Serve Cold or Hot}

Read here for a detailed guided recipe.

How to make Black Sesame Walnut Mix for Hot Cereal Zhi Ma Hu {芝麻糊} at home from scratch?

The first is to roast black sesame seeds and walnut

Read here for a detailed guided recipe on how to roast sesame seeds quick, easy and healthy via stovetop in a wok.

Roast Sesame Seeds {Easy Stovetop using a Wok}
Roast Sesame Seeds {Easy Stovetop using a Wok}

Read here for a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to roast walnut using a similar method.

Roasted Walnuts {quick, easy way using wok over stovetop}
Roasted Walnuts {quick, easy way using wok over stovetop}

The second is to grind roasted sesame seeds and walnut into powder

A quality Spice Grinder will get this job done effectively and efficiently.

Grind Roasted Sesame Seeds into Powder
Grind Roasted Sesame Seeds into Powder

A few tips:

  • Fill the grinder’s chamber way below to the “Max” line marked inside the chamber. Grind a small batch at a time.
  • Use the finest mode setting and repeat the grinding process once or twice.
  • Chop the walnuts into small pieces before putting them into the grinder to make the grinding process easier.
Grind Roasted Walnuts into Powder
Grind Roasted Walnuts into Powder

Store sesame seeds and walnut grounds in an airtight glass jar separately and use within 4 weeks

Place sesame and walnut powder in an airtight glass jar separately. Store them in the shade and use them within 4 weeks.

Roasted sesame seeds and walnuts are good in an airtight glass jar in the shade for at least 6 months. However, the grounded ones, especially the walnuts, are much more susceptible to spoilage. Therefore, I recommend making small-batch, or 4 weeks of usage, of black sesame walnut mix at a time.

For the same reason, I suggest store them in a separate glass container.

Besides making Zhi Ma Hu, you can also add either or both to yogurt, smoothie, oatmeal, etc.

Black Sesame Walnut Mix {for Hot Cereal Zhi Ma Hu 芝麻糊}

Black Sesame Walnut Mix for Hot Cereal {Zhi Ma Hu} Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Black Sesame Walnut Mix features roasted and then powdered black sesame seeds and walnut blend. Just add boiling water and honey for an extremely yummy hot cereal.

Ingredients

  • 500 g black sesame seeds, see notes, raw, organic,
  • 250 g walnuts, see notes, whole raw walnut, organic
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2.5 Qt. water, fro blanching walnuts
  • 1 cup of Goji berries, optional

Instructions

  1. Roast black sesame seeds in a wok via stovetop. See here for a detailed guided tutorial.
    Rosted Black Sesame Seeds
  2. Roast walnuts in a wok via stovetop. See here for a detailed step-by-step guided recipe.
    Roasted Walnuts {Quick Easy Way}
  3. Wait for both to cool to room temperature before grinding them. You can also complete the roasting process in advance.
  4. Add about 2-3 tbsp roasted sesame seeds into the spice grinder chamber at a time. They should be well below the "max" line marked inside of the chamber. Set the grinder to the "fine" mode and run. Shake to loose and mix well using a small spatula and then set the grinder to run again.
    grind roasted sesame seeds
  5. Scoop out the sesame seeds powder into an airtight container. Repeat this until you are done with all roasted sesame seeds. A mini silicone spatula helps to scrape and scoop.
  6. Wipe the grinder chamber clean using a clean paper towel.
  7. Chop roasted walnuts into small pieces and then add them to the grinder chamber. Well below the "max" line at a time. Set the grinder to the "fine" mode and run. Shake to loose and mix well using a small spatula and then set the grinder to run again.
  8. Scoop out the walnut powder into an airtight container. Repeat this until you are done with all roasted walnuts.
  9. All done. Simply add 1/2 cup sesame powder, 1/4 cup walnut powder, and 1/2 tbsp Goji berries into a bowl for an instant black sesame walnut mix for hot cereal. Black Sesame Walnut Mix for Hot Cereal {Zhi Ma Hu}

Notes

Walnuts are a little tricky to grind into powder. Make sure you chop them into as small pieces as possible before adding them to a grinder to grind.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 7gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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