These Vegan Black Sesame Totoro Tarts are absolutely a joy to make. It is nutty and makes you feel like you are eating peanut butter instead!
“How can I grow taller?”
Who else wishes they are a few inches taller?
I was almost always the shortest one in my classes growing up and always wished I was a few inches taller so I wouldn’t have to use a chair or stool for everything. Occasionally, my mom would make this Chinese Black Sesame Soup that is more of a sweet dessert than the regular savory soups we are used to.
I really did not like the taste of it back then, it being a bit too strong for me. Once, my mom made a big batch of it and everyone was eating it except for me. At one point at that time, I asked my mom how I can grow a little bit taller. My mom laughed and in a serious tone told me that eating black sesame soup would help me grow taller. I don’t know why, but I believed her. Every time she told me eating this or that would help me grow taller, I would eat it. So even though I didn’t like it, I had a small bowl every time she made some.
I didn’t grow taller one bit from it, but having it all those times, made me appreciate the taste even more especially since it has a nutty taste almost like peanut butter (which I also didn’t like way back then but came to love it too).
If you like nut butter and/or black sesame, you’ll love these Vegan Black Sesame Totoro Tarts too!
Here is an overview of how to make these black sesame tarts.
Flour: I used all-purpose flour but you can make these tarts gluten-free by subbing the regular flour with 1:1 gluten-free flour. I like to use and highly recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour.
Powdered sugar: You can make these tarts refined sugar-free by using coconut sugar if you have them on hand.
Vegan butter: In baking, I prefer to use unsalted vegan butter as it is easier to manage the salt level. However, if you only have salted vegan butter, omit the salt from the crust ingredients.
Black Sesame Seeds: The black sesame seeds I bought were raw so I toasted them in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until they were fragrant. Be careful in toasting them for too long because this can cause bitterness to them.
Tips for Making Vegan Black Sesame Seed Tarts
Can you make them gluten-free?
Yes, you can make these tarts gluten-free by subbing the regular flour with 1:1 gluten-free flour!
Why are my black sesame seeds bitter?
If you toast them for too long, there will be bitterness to them. Be sure to remove the black sesame seeds from the oven once they are fragrant!
How do I store these black sesame seed tarts?
You can store these tarts in an airtight container for 3-4 days!
I cannot wait for you to make these Vegan Black Sesame Seed Totoro Tarts! If you do, please tag me on Instagram @astepfullofyou or leave a comment below letting me know how you like them! Enjoy!