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Sunflower Seed Milk

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Plant-based Milks

Description

This homemade sunflower seed milk is a wonderful plant-based, milk alternative for anyone wishing to avoid dairy or nut-based milks.

Sunflower seeds are inexpensive and loaded with nutrients, and making the milk at home avoids any commercial additives, such as emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners, and thickeners.

Soaking the seeds before making the milk is essential.

The milk will separate in the fridge but a quick shake will get see it looking like milk again.

Store the milk in a sealed glass bottle in the fridge and consume it within 3-4 days.

 

Happy Juicing!

Taste

I like the sweet nutty taste of this milk.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soaked sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Juicing Time: 2 mins + 8 hours
Juice Qty: 550 ml
Serves: 2

Sweet n Spicy ingredients

Preparation

Sunflower Seeds

  • Place sunflower seeds in a small bowl and cover with water
  • Allow to soak for 8 hrs or overnight
  • If you forgot to soak the nuts overnight, you can use hot water and soak them for 1 hour
  • The nuts will plump as they absorb water and should feel a little squishy if you pinch them.

Note: You can leave seeds soaking for up to 24 hours.

Method

1st discard the water used to soak the sunflower seeds over night. We want to use fresh filtered water when making the sunflower seed milk.

Start with the cap on the juicer closed.

Add 1/4 of the soaked seeds to the wide juicer chute using a big spoon or ladle.

Next add half the filtered water.

Repeat adding 1/4 seeds and half water until done. Allow the juicer to run until the pulp stops coming out of the juicer.

Release the sunflower milk into the juice jug and add the maple syrup and sea salt. Give it a good stir before drinking or storing in the fridge for later.

 

Tip: I like using the Kuivngs pulp strainer over the juice jug to catch the milk as it is released. It has a super fine mesh to remove any fine pulp from the milk. If you don’t have a Kuivngs strainer for your juicer you can use a nut bag with a very tight weave.

 

Health Benefits

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds have the power to nourish the entire body. They are a rich source of easily digestible and assimilable protein which is essential for the repair of tissues, nerves, and cells.

Sunflower seeds are also high in selenium, magnesium, zinc, and iron which helps to strengthen the blood and immune system.

They contain lignans, phenolic acids, and tryptophan making them an ideal food to eat for those who are seeking better sleep and weight loss.

They also contain no cholesterol and are very low in saturated fats making them highly beneficial for the cardiovascular system.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup contains various antioxidants, 24 to be precise, that can help to protect you from many health conditions. Antioxidants are important for the body as they neutralize free radicals, which may cause various diseases.

The darker versions of maple syrup can be higher in antioxidant content in comparison to lighter ones.

Gary Dowse

Gary Dowse

Master Juice Chef, Kuvings Australia

 

Gary is a powerhouse in the world of juicing and plant-based nutrition, driven by an unwavering passion for health and wellness. With certifications in natural juice therapy and whole food plant-based nutrition, Gary is a dedicated educator, empowering individuals to harness the transformative benefits of juicing and plant-based eating.

Through his enlightening books and dynamic online courses, Gary champions the preventative and restorative healing powers of embracing a lifestyle rich in vibrant juices and whole, plant-based foods.

His mission is to inspire and guide others on their journey to optimal health and vitality.

Disclaimer: information contained in this post is for educational purposes only, sourced from various books and websites. If you do anything recommended without the supervision of a licensed medical doctor, you do so at your own risk. The author, Gary Dowse, does not dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of any technique as a form of treatment for physical, emotional or medical problems without the advice of a physician, either directly or indirectly.

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