Sprouted Sunflower Cheese Recipe

vegan sunflower cheese recipe

Easy recipe for a raw vegan cheese made from sunflower seeds. Sunflower cheese slices, grates and melts so you can use it in place of regular cheese in most recipes. Heart-healthy cheese that tastes great, is cheap to make and doesn’t take long – what isn’t there to love about this recipe? This seed cheese is one of my staples that I often have a batch of in the fridge.

I use fresh garlic and onion as these are widely available and have the most nutrients. You can replace with garlic and onion powder if you prefer, about tsp of each gives the same flavour.

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Turmeric gives the sunflower cheddar a bright yellow colour and adds valuable nutrients. You really don’t taste the turmeric in this recipe so do add it even if you don’t like the taste. As it’s mainly sunflower seeds in this vegan cheese it is grey without at least a pinch of turmeric.

The natural and heart-healthy fats in the sunflower seeds are great for giving optimum absorbtion of the turmeric goodness.

This is a quick and easy vegan cheese recipe as it isn’t fermented so it can be made in a few minutes and sets quickly.

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In the sunflower cheese recipe I usually double the amount of cayenne pepper as I like a bit of a kick. Also you may want to add half a tsp of salt into the recipe, I tend to just have the saltiness from the miso but some might find it a bit bland without it.

The miso is just to give the salty and umami flavour to this vegan seed cheese. Miso paste is added after cooking so that none of the nutrients are distroyed. If you can use fresh unpasturised live miso as it’s the most nutritious.  It works great without miso if you don’t have any – just add some salt in it’s place.

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Sunflower vegan cheese is great on a cheeseboard along with smoked cashew cheese and pistachio cheese. If you are allergic to nuts or on a budget this seed cheese recipe is perfect!

This vegan cheese can be frozen if you like. I recommend to freeze in wedges and enjoy within 3 months. Just defrost at room temperature for a few hours or overnight in the fridge.

I often call this a vegan sunflower cheddar as it has a mild cheesy taste similar to the popular cheddar. Some may not like calling this vegan Cheddar but I actually live next to Cheddar in Somerset so this vegan cheese is way more cheddar than most cheddar cheese!

Vegan sunflower cheddar on a cheese board - nut free seed cheese recipe

This vegan “cheese” uses sunflower seeds as the base. This means that it is significantly cheaper than using nuts such as macadamia or cashew. It’s actually raw as most sunflower seeds will sprout whereas most nuts will not.

The agar agar is cooked in this recipe, but this is just the thickening agent and nutritionally void. The rest is raw and all the nutrients of the seeds and other ingredients are intact so I would still consider this a raw dish, but some purists raw foodists may disagree.

This is a sprouted sunflower seed cheese as the seeds are soaked in water to start to germinate and activate. It makes it much easier for the body to digest all of the goodness.

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Vegan Sunflower Cheese Recipe


  • 1 cup / 140 g Sunflower seeds
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 3 tbsp Nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 slice of Onion
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp Miso, white is best but don’t worry if you only have brown
  • 1 tbsp Agar agar powder, a veggie alternative to gelatin
  • 1½ cups / 360ml water

How to Make

  1. Soak the sunflower seeds in water for at least 10 mins, overnight is best if you have the time.
  2. In a pan mix together the agar agar with some water until dissolved. Then mix in 1 cup / 240 ml of water.
  3. Bring the agar agar mixture to a boil and simmer for 5 mins stirring constantly to prevent any sticking at the bottom.
  4. Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool for a few mins and continue with the recipe.
  5. Drain and rinse the sunflower seeds.
  6. Place everything in a blender, apart from the agar agar mixture, with half a cup / 120 ml of water and blend until smooth.
  7. Whisk together the sunflower seed cheese mixture and the agar agar until it’s all combined.
  8. Pour into a dish, about 6″ in diameter, and then place in the fridge for an hour to set.
  9. You may want to oil your dish, but I tend to use a shiny ceramic dish and the seed cheese comes out easy enough without any oil.
  10. Take the sunflower cheese out of the dish once set and enjoy this vegan cheese in place of normal cheese. It will last a few days in the fridge.

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29 thoughts on “Sprouted Sunflower Cheese”

  1. I loved this cheese. and very easy to make, BUT, please read through the recipe before you start this. The reason I say this, no water is mentioned in the Ingredient’s list at all, e.g. how much water for Agar Mix, and how much water for the Cheese mixture itself. I’m someone who likes to have every ingredient listed and ready on my bench to start the recipe, not find out halfway through blending that I needed extra water, sometimes simplicity helps…

    It’s lovely and the delicate Lime flavour shines through…

    1. Hi Nancye, not yet but it’s something I’m working on this year – hopefully to have half a dozen vegan dairy free cheeses 🙂

    1. I haven’t tried, but I don’t think it would work – the freezing would probably ruin the texture. I’ve never had any of this vegan cheese go bad, it rarely lasts a day and I live on my own 🙂 It’s quite an easy recipe so maybe just make a smaller batch?

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Thanks Lizi, I haven’t used kuzu but it sounds like it will be similar to corn starch so might not work for this. You can try it and the worst case scenario is getting a sunflower seed cheese spread rather than a solid block. It will still taste as good 🙂

  2. What am I doing wrong. The first time I made it perfect, the second and third the agar agar is chunky in the mix. Cooking to long? So frustrating because Agar isn’t cheap. Thanks in advance.

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Hi Cami, sounds like you could be heating too quickly/high and not stirring enough so the agar forms chunks. What I do is start on a low heat and constantly stir for 5 mins with a wooden spoon to stop and lumps of agar forming. I’ve had the same problems as you before – it has always set but sometimes with gelatinous chunks of agar when I didn’t stir enough or tried to heat too high. 🙂

  3. So I just tried this recipie (somewhat modified b/c I’m too lazy to go to the store), and while it smells fantastic it was not a mixture I could pour out of anything. I guess I misjudged the amount of water, metric vs. imperial measurements you know ^^
    Do you think it will have an effect on the finished cheese?

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Hi Eira, was it too thick after blending? It may need some more water. Or it can get set and get thick very quickly after mixing with the agar agar. It will still taste good either way 🙂

  4. hello, could you tell us what are the biscuits or the bread you have with this cheese? it looks yummy and healthy. thanks.

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Hi Gabriela, they are some oat cakes with chia seeds. I’ll hopefully make my own recipe soon as lots have been asking for it 🙂

  5. Is there a substitute for yeast as I am allergic. I do see this a lot in vegan recipes for cheese. Can have real cheese either as I am allergic to mold too.

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Hello, if you are allergic to yeast I would add more garlic and lemon juice. Coconut aminos would also work well, but these can be difficult and expensive to get hold of 🙂

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Hi Susan, sorry that won’t work as the aquafaba won’t set it. What some people do without agar agar is to use corn or tapocia starch and cook it all for 5 mins then bake in an oven to help it set. It doesn’t quite work out the same but its a way to get a reasonable set cheese without agar agar.

    1. Hello Niecy, yes it is miso paste – sorry I could have made that a bit clearer! But it’s not vital for the recipe I just like to use it to add a salty flavour and some nutrition 🙂

  6. I have just made your smoked cashew cheese recipes it was lovely but I will put less cayenne pepper next time. My husband dorset normally like this like this but he sure liked this one. My girlfriend loved it to and was going home to make. Should the agar agar be really thick before you added the other ingredients. I am making the pistachio cheese tomorrow and would like to make the. Oat cakes recipe as well thank you so much for the tasty cheeses.I am trying to get off dairy although I don’t use very much.

    1. Hi Margaret, Thanks for letting me know that’s always so lovely to hear when someone likes a recipe. Sorry if the cayenne was a bit too much – I probably add it to everything savoury so I’ve got a high threshold. The agar agar mixture shouldn’t be very thick, it’s still quite watery even after simmering to activate. Just make sure none sticks to the bottom of the pan as that’s where people can go wrong. That’s great to hear – nest and glow isn’t about telling people to never have dairy its just trying to encourage people to have more plants through recipes. Vegans and non vegans are very much welcome here. If everyone did have less it would add up to a big change. Hope you like the other recipes, have a great day!

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