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Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread

Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread

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Soft and fluffy, this Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread is filled with a toasted black sesame paste enhanced by the subtle flavors of matcha. The black sesame paste taste is nutty in flavor and will make you feel like you are having peanut butter instead!

Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread

I could not tell if she was telling the truth or lying.

I first tried black sesame when I was elementary age. There is a dessert called Black Sesame Soup. It is a traditional Chinese sweet dessert made of grounded, toasted black sesame seeds, rice and sugar. My mom and sister were obsessed with them. My mom didn’t make it from scratch, but prepared packages of them. They always finish them quickly.

Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread
Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread

Whenever my mom makes the Black Sesame Soup, I can smell it all the way upstairs in our house. The first time I had it, I was lured by the sweet nutty smell of it, but after one sip of it, I quickly realized it was not my cup of tea at all. I didn’t like the taste of it at all, being too nutty.

I remember looking up to my mom who was enjoying the black sesame soup if I really did have to finish eating it. My mom looked at me and said you should, it will help you grow taller…My mind went blank not knowing if she was telling the truth. The Helen at that time really really did not want to grow a few inches taller. So in the end, I miserably finished it as quickly as I could telling myself that I would get super mad at my mom if she lied to me.

I don’t think it helped too much with my height, but after having it several times afterward, I came to love the taste of it and would always order any desserts that are black sesame flavored. It tastes very similar to nut butter so if you are a fan of nut butter this Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread is for you!

The bread itself is similar to milk bread but I filled it with a black sesame paste and added some matcha powder for some extra flavor. Let’s start baking!

Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread

Here is an overview of this Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread.


Flour: If you do not have all-purpose flour, you can also use bread flour. I have not tested the recipe with gluten-free flour, but if gluten-free is needed, you can make this black sesame matcha bread with Bob Red Mill’s 1:1 gluten-free flour, substituting it with the same weight. Note that the bread might not rise as much as regular dough.

Sugar: To make it refined sugar-free you can use coconut sugar. I would not recommend using maple syrup as this would change the over amount of weight ingredients to dry ingredients.

Milk: I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any other plant-based milk of choice!

Matcha Powder: Nowadays, there is a lot of matcha powder being sold everywhere. However, not all of them are of good quality. Matcha is a powder made from grounded green leaves and the color and intensity of the flavor vary depending on the season the green leaves are harvested.

There are 2 main types of matcha powder- culinary and ceremonial matcha. Culinary matcha is a lower variety of matcha and is a bit more affordable. It can also taste a little bitter sometimes. Ceremonial matcha is the highest grade of matcha and what I prefer to use the most as it is bolder in flavor and the powder is smoother in texture. They are also used primarily in tea ceremonies.

Vegan Butter: I like to use unsalted vegan butter to better control the salt amount, but you can also use salted vegan butter. Leave out the salt in the pie crust.

Black Sesame Seeds: If you don’t have toasted sesame seeds, you can lightly roast them using a frying pan on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes until it is fragrant. Be careful not to over roast them as it will leave a bitter taste to them.

Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread
Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread


What should I do if my batter is too wet or not baked through?
This might happen if you did not weigh the ingredients correctly. This happens to me sometimes too when I get lazy and do not use a scale. If this happens to you, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the batter is a little thicker.

If you measure the ingredients and find that the batter is taking longer to bake than the indicated timeframe, it might just be an oven temperature difference. Bake the bread for an additional 5 minutes or until the bread is baked, covering the top as needed with aluminum foil to preen the top from over-browning.

Can I make this black sesame matcha bread gluten-free?
Yes! Substitute the regular flour with an equal amount of gluten-free flour.

How do I store the black sesame matcha bread? Can I freeze it?
Store the bread in an airtight container to prevent the bread from drying out. To freeze it, slice the apple bread and wrap each slice individually before transferring it to the freezer. To make it soft and moist again after being in the freezer, place the sliced apple bread on a baking sheet and heat it at 350F for 5-8 minutes, depending on how frozen the bread is until the bread is warm and soft again on both sides. You can also microwave each slice for 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on how thick or thin each slice is.

Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread

If you like this Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread, you might also like to try:
Vegan Turtle-Shaped Matcha Melon Pan
Vegan Boba Tea Matcha Tarts
Vegan Matcha Bread Buns

I cannot wait for you to try this Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread! If you do, please tag me on Instagram @_withhelen or leave a comment below letting me know you like it! Happy Baking!


Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread

Soft and fluffy, this Vegan Black Sesame Matcha Bread is filled with a toasted black sesame paste enhanced by the subtle flavors of matcha. The black sesame paste taste is nutty in flavor and will make you feel like you are having peanut butter instead!

  • Author: Helen Au
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 slices
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Japanese-inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


Black Sesame Paste

71g (½ cup) toasted, black sesame seeds

115g (½ cup) unsalted, vegan butter

100g (½ cup) cane sugar



188g (¾ cup) unsweetened, plant-based milk, warmed

10g (2 tsp) active dry yeast

115g (½ cup) unsalted, vegan butter, room temperature

50g (¼ cup) cane sugar

6g (1 tbsp) matcha powder

¼ tsp fine sea salt

5g (1 tsp) pure vanilla extract

375g (3 cups) all-purpose flour



45g (3 tbsp) water

50g (¼ cup) cane sugar


  1. Make the dough. Combine the plant-based milk and yeast together in a bowl and set it aside for 5 minutes or until it is bubbly.

  2. Add the vegan butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Using a stand or hand mixer, whip them together until smooth. Add in the matcha powder, salt, and vanilla extract until well-combined. Slowly add in the flour until a dough forms. If you are using a hand mixer, once the dough comes together, lightly dust a clean surface with some flour.  Knead the dough until it is smooth. Transfer the dough to a lightly buttered bowl and cover it. Allow the dough to proof for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease a loaf pan with some vegan butter or coconut oil. You can also add in a piece of parchment to allow for an easier transfer of the bread when it is done baking.

  4. Once the dough doubles in size, roll the dough into a long rectangle. Spread a layer of the black sesame paste over the dough. Roll the dough from the long side similar to making cinnamon rolls. Using a knife, divide the dough in half long side wise. Braid the dough back and forth, pinching the end of the dough or folding it inside. Transfer the dough to your bread pan. 

  5. Cover the pan with a piece of aluminum foil to prevent it from burning. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

  6. 5 minutes before the bread is ready, make the syrup. Combine the water and sugar together in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Allow it to boil for about 30 seconds or until all the sugar has dissolved. Transfer the syrup to a bowl.

  7. Once the bread comes out from the oven, brush the dough with the syrup. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack to cool completely before slicing.

Keywords: black sesame, matcha, vegan bread, matcha bread

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