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Home-made sunflower seeds milk! Yeah! :) Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free!!

on 17/02/2014

Today, I made this Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free Home-made sunflower seeds milk!  I never made plant-based seeds milk before,…This is great for people who are allergic to nut milks! 😉 Check it al out below:

A Tasty Food Gift! :)

A Tasty Food Gift! 🙂

What is sunflower seeds milk? Red on for recipe & the video too, of course! 🙂

This is a non-dairy, gluten-free & vegan milk, often raw, obtained from raw or soaked sunflower seeds, drained & well rinsed too, 3 to 4 cups of water are added. You can add whatever you want with it. You can add vanilla extract, cacao powder or another sweetener like pitted dates or maple syrup, if you prefer that. 

Mostly, people on the internet use 1 cup of seeds & 3 to 4 cups of filtered water. You can add more or less water if you like, but I love using 3 cups of water because you will end up with a lovely darker richer sunflower seed milk, creamy yet yummy!

Most of the time, they tell you to soak your seeds , just add water until the seeds are all completely covered by the water, soak them for at least at night or at least for 8 to 72 hours in water in the fridge. Why? The seeds become less raw & they are easily digested in the stomach. When these seeds are soaked, then well-drained & rinsed, they become more useful to use in raw vegan cheesecakes, in baked desserts, in muffins or in bread.

What do you need?

a good power blender, food processor or mixer

a large bowl to keep the strained milk in when you are using your nut milk bag

a fine nut milk bag or a cheesecloth

a clean bottle with a fitting lid

How to enjoy?

1. This is a fine drink on its own

2. Pour over cereals or muesli

3. Add a bit of it to your yoghurt : lovely!

4. Make a dessert with it.

5. Make smoothies with it

6. Use it in tea or coffee

7. This is also great used in cakes, muffins & in breads for a more added seeds flavour

8. You can use the sweetened or not-sweetened pulp in muffins, cakes, into breads like in banana breads / More recipes on this later/ I am testing recipes on the moment.

 Recipe: For about 750 ml = 3 cups of strained sunflower seed milk!

Ingredients:

3 cups of fresh water

How to soak your seeds?

1 cup of soaked raw sunflower seeds ( soaked in water for about 8 to 72 hours ) : When you soak your seeds, place them in a bowl & pour water all over it, until they are all covered up. Place a lid on & place into the fridge for at least 1 night or at least 8 hours. You will see that your seeds will get swollen & are puffed up.  ( I made sunflower seeds milk with seeds that were soaked for 2 nights & they tasted much better then soaking for 3 nights! ), this will look something like this:

1 cup of soaked, rinsed & drianed off sunflower seeds!

1 cup of soaked, rinsed & drained off sunflower seeds!

Method:

1. Put your 3 cups of water & soaked sunflower seeds in this order in your Vitamix. Blend on full power, using the tamper to push ingredients into the running blades. Blend on full power for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Scrape the sides of your blender if you need to & blend on full power again for max 1 minute. Now, you will end up with about 4.5 cups of fresh home-made sunflower seeds milk, but not strained. This means with the pulp still in it. You can drink it like this but this time, I strained it by using my clean nut milk bag. I did it like this:

2. I placed my nut bag into a larger bowl. Then, poured the liquid mix into the bag. Close the bag with the added string & squeeze & squeeze until all the juice is out of your nut milk bag & you end up with only the pulp in the bag & all the liquid into the pot. This will take only a few minutes. I had about 3 cups = 750 ml of milk. Pour milk in a clean bottle with fitting lid & enjoy instantly or place into the fridge. After being in the fridge, you will see separation of the liquid into the bottle. Just shake the bottle well, before using the milk. This tasty sunflower seed milk will keep in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days. Place the leftover nut pulp in a pot with fitting lid & place into the fridge for later use in cookies, smoothies, banana breads & muffins! Enjoy!

I prefer to keep my home-made nut & seeds milks plain & add vanilla, cinnamon, maca powder, cacao or carob later to it when I make smoothies or hot drinks with it. Recipes will be following shortly! 😉

Just before blending the soaked seeds & water!

1/ Just before blending the soaked seeds & water!

2/ The blended water + soaked sunflower seeds with pulp!

2/ The blended water + soaked sunflower seeds with pulp!

3/ Pouring the sunflower seed milk through the milk bag with the pulp in it!

3/ Pouring the sunflower seed milk through the milk bag with the pulp in it!

4/ Closing the nut milk bag with the attached string!

4/ Closing the nut milk bag with the attached string!

6/ Straining the milk, even more!

5/ Straining the milk, more & more!

6/ Straining the seed milk in the bag, more & more!

6/ Straining the seed milk in the bag, more & more!

7/ The strained sunflower seed milk!

7/ The strained sunflower seed milk!

8/ Pouring the strained sunflower seed milk in a lovely clean bottle!

8/ Pouring the strained sunflower seed milk in a lovely clean bottle!

So, you see, it is so easy to make home-made sunflower seed milk! Go on, go & soak those seeds & make this beautiful creamy sunflower seed milk tomorrow! If I can do it, you surely can! 😉 Enjoy, my lovely one’s! xxx

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62 responses to “Home-made sunflower seeds milk! Yeah! :) Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free!!

  1. Awesome Sophie :). I admire you for your achievements and patience! Another brilliant achievement! I can so easily call you The Milk woman from Backyard and not from the farm :)). Almond milk and now this:)).

  2. Oh yes! The cashew milk, hazelnut and brazilnut milk. Which one did you like the best in taste ?
    I am getting inspired by this to make my own home made nuts butter. Need to invest in a vitamix now

  3. I was always wondering how sunflower seed milk would taste like…so thanks for a beautiful introduction. I make my own almond milk…very regularly. 🙂 ela

    • Sophie says:

      I make all of my nut or seeds milk myself! so I can add pitted dates, vanilla, cacao or other stuff to it, etc to my liking because the store bought plant-bases milks are way too sweet & full of base stuff etc. ☺️

  4. Looks great, Sophie, maybe that’s my next thing to try :)) x

  5. Thanks for sharing- the recipe looks fab!

  6. Charlotte says:

    Nice! I had no idea sunflower seed milk even existed! I am glad I have learned something today!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Neither did I, I thought, I like sunflower seeds & wanted to make a seeds milk out of it, so I did! 😉

  7. I would never learn this stuff if it weren’t for you 🙂

  8. Norma Chang says:

    After reading your many milk posts, I am guessing one can make milk from any kind of seeds and nuts.

  9. I love homemade nut milks, make almond all the time. I never in a million years would have thought to use sunflower seeds, I love to eat them but never would have thought to make into milk. I bet it’s really delicious.

    • Sophie33 says:

      It is, I like hem made pain & then when I do sommthies or so, I add vanilla, carob or cinnamon or pitted dates to it! Enjoy, Suzanne! x

  10. Liz says:

    so intrigued, Sophie. It looks amazing 🙂

  11. Katarina says:

    Yum, this sounds so good!

  12. good timing- i’m just about to embark on my first sesame seed milk, with gojis. sunflower milk is just great and makes a nice change to nuts. also, i’m intrigued to try quinoa and buckwheat milk?? xxxxx

  13. hotlyspiced says:

    I’ve always enjoyed the flavour of sunflower seeds but I didn’t know you could make milk from them. I love this! I’m sure the milk would have amazing flavour xx

    • Sophie says:

      Yes, yes, Charlie. You can made any nut or seeds milk that you please. The sunflower seed milk is creamy & Yummy, I think. X

  14. Annie says:

    You are the nut milk queen, Sophie!

  15. Dina ♥ says:

    Great post, sophie. Mmmmmhhh… Looks like hard work to get to your favouirte drink.? 🙂
    Love, Dina

  16. Sunny says:

    Mmmm, going to definitely try this one! I usually make almond or hazelnut milk but I love sunflowers too… bet it is delicious! 🙂

  17. afracooking says:

    You always amaze me with your original concoctions!!

  18. Fig & Quince says:

    What? This is sooo coool!

  19. Wonderful! I love sunflower seeds, especially because they’re such an economical choice compared to the nuts typically called for in homemade non-dairy milks. This is perfect for my limited budget here in Hawaii!

  20. Your vitamix is a handy kitchen gadget 🙂

    • Sophie says:

      Yes, Tandy. I can’t live without it anymore. I use it daily, nearly 2 to 3 times per day 😉

  21. Sounds delicious!
    btw, how about the pulp Sofie???
    any recipe to follow???

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks, Dedy! I wrote that I will use the pulp in my next recipe! I didn’t have thta many pulp left though!

  22. I find that mixing up pumpkin and sunflower seeds makes for a thicker plant milk, which is really important in a lot of the recipes I make!

  23. It looks so good Sophie – I must get myself a nut milk bag 🙂 But the vitamix is so good you hardly need it? I made a sauce from cashew nuts, in my Blendtec and it came out smooth as silk 🙂

    • Sophie33 says:

      That is true about the Vitamix but I wanted a cleanseeds mlilk with no pulp here so I used my nut milk bag!

  24. Bernice says:

    Looks wonderful!!

  25. Tammy says:

    I haven’t heard of this before now. Thanks!

  26. rika@vm says:

    I’ve never made plant-based seeded milk before either – but yes, def perfect for ones who are allergic to nuts! I want to give this a try and I need a Vitamix soon! 😦

  27. Koko says:

    I have never made a seed milk! Only nut milk! Good idea- this is a really great alternative, or just something different to try!

  28. Wow seed milk that is something I haven’t come across before. Great.

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