Sunflower seed milk has struggled to take hold. A few brands have come and gone, but none have lasted more than a year or two. There are some other seed milks though. You might like Hemp Yeah Hemp Milk, Tempt Hemp Milk, Malibu Flax Mylk, or Good Karma Flax Milk.
Sunrich Naturals just popped onto my radar this past year, so imagine my surprise when I found out that they were not only producing a whole line of soymilks, but also soy-free sunflower non-dairy milk!
SOL Sunflower Milk Alternative, or “Beverage,” comes in three varieties: Original, Vanilla, and Unsweetened. I tested the middle ground, the Original.
Upon first taste, the sunflower milk was lightly sweet with a clean and refreshing taste that hinted at sunflower seeds. Because of the seed base, it had a bitter after-note. SOL could be a good option for those seeking a richer milk alternative for recipes, or simply for dousing over a big bowl of granola. The earthy taste pairs well with breakfast, but I would hesitate on using it in delicate items, due to the slight bitter taste.
The sunflower seeds also impart their own natural hue on SOL, so don’t be surprised by the off-white color …
With 4 grams of fat per serving, SOL Sunflower milk alternative still tastes light, but has a creamier texture than many non-dairy milks. Overall, I could see using SOL Original for breakfast or in baking. I’d be curious on the potential of the Unsweetened variety in savory dishes.
SOL contains a good bit of potassium on its own, 410mg, but it is also fortified to include calcium (30%), Vitamin D (25%), Folic Acid (20%), Phosphorous (60%), Vitamin A (10%), and Vitamin E (50%).
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, this milk alternative is Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, and Wheat-Free, but see the packaging and contact the company for allergen and manufacturing “may contain” labeling. I did not notice any “may contain” notes on the package, which is labeled as “Dairy Free and Gluten Free.” It is also certified kosher parve.
For More Product Information: Visit the Sunrich Naturals website at www.sunrich.com.