Vegan Mexican Seed Cheese with Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds


Janet L. Doane was nice enough to share some wonderful vegan seed cheese recipes from her cookbook Almond Essence. This Mexican seed cheese uses both sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds along with a hint of warm spices. Janet uses homemade dairy-free almond milk or almond kefir, but you can keep the recipe nut-free with your choice of dairy-free and nut-free beverage.

If you do consume nuts, and prefer a creamier spread, you can substitute cashews or almonds for one of the seeds. The seeds tend to have a more pronounced flavor, and take a mighty machine to get a very smooth consistency.

Vegan Mexican Seed Cheese Recipe with Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds - healthy, dairy-free, nut-free and paleo-friendly

Special Diet Notes: Mexican Seed Cheese

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo. It might also be keto-friendly.

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Vegan Mexican Seed Cheese
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This seedy recipe is from Almond Essence. Please note that the Prep time is hands on time only. Allow several hours for soaking.
Serves: 8 servings
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, soaked for 4 to 6 hours
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 to 6 hours
  • ¼ cup dairy-free milk beverage, water, or dairy-free kefir, plus additional as needed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Before draining the water from the seeds, rub most of the skins off the sunflower seeds.
  2. Put the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in your blender or food processor, and add the milk beverage, water, or kefir. Add the juice, garlic, chipotle, cumin, and salt, and blend until it is as smooth as possible. Add more liquid as needed if it doesn't fully blend, and stop to scrape down the sides when needed.
  3. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Luisa Moore on

    It’s not grainy if you use a food processer or NutriBullet etc, a regular blender won’t do. Seeds always require a vigorous blender

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