Sunflower Seed Vanilla Milk Recipe

Sunflower Seed Vanilla Milk Recipe

This sunflower seed vanilla milk is a good everyday nut and dairy free milk. It’s the kind of milk that I would recommend for someone that wanted to replace traditional milk.

Sunflower seeds the world over are affordable so it’s also wallet friendly, unlike many nuts. The vanilla and sweetener are totally optional – some like these additions while others prefer a pure sunflower seed milk.

Sunflower Seed Vanilla Milk - nut and dairy free

This sunflower milk costs a fraction of any plant-based shop bought milk and is nutritionally superior to most. It may not work as a perfect substitute in all cases but it’s great on breakfast cereals, in recipes and just drinking.

Suitable for vegan, raw, dairy-free, nut-free, oil free and general healthy diets.

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This milk great base for a heart-healthy raw seed milkshake. However you will need to strain the milk, then rinse the blender and blend the whole fruit. I love this milk with a few fresh strawberries and banana. This sunflower seed milk has way more nutrients than any shop bought dairy-free milk. It will separate without any lecithin added if left a for a few hours, but a quick stir will get it all mixed up. You can buy either soy or sunflower lecithin but I’m fine leaving it out and giving it a shake or stir.

I soak the seeds with a pinch of sea salt but any natural salt with minerals is good but do avoid refined table salt. The salt is said to help activate enzymes that deactivate the enzyme inhibitors.

The enzyme inhibitors stop the nutrients from the seeds being absorbed by the body so sprouting them means more of the goodness in the seeds can be digested. Discard the water that the seeds were soaked in as it contains the enzyme inhibitors.

A glass of Sunflower Seed Milk

This milk is suitable for raw vegan diets, although you may want to add a different sweetener (if any) but most raw vegans are fine with a bit of maple syrup.

You can make a coconut sunflower seed milk by replacing half of the sunflower seeds with coconut shreds. This gives a slightly sweeter and less eathy milk. If making it with 50% coconut I still add the vanilla but don’t add any sweetener.

Soak the coconut for the same time as the sunflower seeds as it will help with blending.

Both fresh and dried coconut works well for a coconut sunflower milk blend. Apparently, the part of coconut that we eat is a seed so technically this would be a nut free milk, but botanists do like their classifications and some call it a fruit.

This sunflower seed milk is it good general placement for traditional milk it’s not too sweet with a very subtle creamy taste. Great on cereal in porridge and with granola. I particularly like it in caffeine free chicory coffee.

Sunflower Seed Vanilla Milk Recipe

  • Time: 10m
  • Yield: 2 pints
  • Calories: 190 cal


  • 1 cup / 140g Sunflower seeds
  • 3 cups / 700ml Water
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener, such as maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla (optional)
  • a pinch of Salt


  1. Soak the sunflower seeds in water with a pinch of salt.
  2. Leave for 8 hours or overnight then strain and rinse.
  3. Add the seeds and water to a blender and blend on high for 2-3 mins until all the seeds are finely ground.
  4. Pour into a nylon milk bag / cheesecloth with a large bowl underneath.
  5. Squeeze all of the moisture out and then stir in the sweetener or vanilla if desired.
  6. Enjoy the milk within 3 days. Keep in the fridge.
  7. Use the fibre you are left with in baked goodies and smoothies.

Easy to make Sunflower Seed Vanilla Milk

Sunflower seeds have so many health benefits. 1/4 of a cup contains between 50 and 30@% of an adults RDA for vitamin E, copper, vitamin B, selenium, phosphorus, manganese, vitamin B6.

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17 thoughts on “Sunflower Seed Vanilla Milk”

  1. A great idea to get nutrients into the body without all the added ingredients of shop bought milks. So everything natural.

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Hi Gabriel, to be honest it’s not the best in coffee as it can split and separate. Works better with a pinch of sunflower lecithin. Usually I just have it as is, in recipes or with oats 🙂

  2. I’ve been experimenting with lots of nuts and seeds for milk making as well . I’ve been doing the pumpkin seeds for awhile but finding them a bit too strong in taste ( for drinking straight ) so now am mixing them with sunflower seeds which seems to be better. I was doing the nuts for awhile but that got way too expensive quick ! Tried steel cut oats but the slime that is left on the bottom of the jug all the time is really annoying and hard to stir in .

    1. I know exactly what you mean about nuts being too expensive. That’s why I just love sunflower seeds and how inexpensive they are in a kilo sack for so much nutrition. I don’t love pumpkin seeds on their own either, have you seen my pumpkin seed milk with carrot? I’m a huge fan of how sweet and mild it is. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. What about just soaking and rinsing the seeds adding water and blending to use as a base for a smoothie, without straining.

    1. Bastian Durward

      Yep that would work really well, straining is only needed if you are wanting a smooth milk-type texture 🙂

  4. Hi,
    These milk recipes are so good and since I am intolerant to lactose, animal is out of my diet. I do make almond milk but the only challenge I often face is when I try to heat it as I like hot milk, it curdles sometimes. Will I have the same problem with seed milk?

    1. Hello, thanks glad you like the recipes. Afraid they can curdle if you add hot water. What I usually do is blend them in a small bullet blender for a few minutes to warm up then top up with hot water.

      Or you may like to try adding some sunflower or soy lecithin to the finished milk as this can help prevent it curdling, but I haven’t used it much.

    2. Many of your recipes I include lots of nuts and seeds. Where do you suggest we buy them?
      They are expensive in the supermarkets and even at Costco.

  5. Hello ,
    I want to raise my 1.8month old as a vegan . I’ve been trying to figure out which would be the best vegan milk for her . Something that can be heated , as she drinks hot milk now . Hoping you could throw some light on this one for me.

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, when it comes to nutrition and raising a baby vegan you really need to seek expert advise and afraid I’m not qualified to give that.

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