Simply Vegan Sunflower Seed Cheese


Interestingly enough, this vegan sunflower seed cheese recipe is a sample recipe from Almond Essence by Janet L. Doane. Janet uses almond milk in the original recipe, but gives water as an option to keep it completely nut-free. And here are her notes on this recipe:

We use sunflower seed cheese in any recipe that normally would call for sour cream, cheese, or yoghurt. It has found its way to roasted veggies, salads, soups, crackers, fruits, green chilies, and much more. Sprouted seed cheese is an enzyme-rich food that will last 2 – 3 days, covered, in the refrigerator.  Sometimes the cheese becomes a bit grey from oxidation, but this doesn’t seem to affect the taste. The lemon juice usually keeps the cheese white and bright. Leaving the skins on the sunflower seeds makes the seed cheese greyer. Taking them off makes the cheese whiter and smoother.

Vegan Simply Sunflower Seed Cheese Recipe - healthy, dairy-free, nut-free and paleo-friendly

Special Diet Notes: Sprouted Sunflower Almond Cheese

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and perhaps even keto-friendly.

Simply Vegan Sunflower Seed Cheese
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Please note that the Prep time is hands on time only. Allow a few hours for the seeds to soak.
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 to 8 hours
  • ¼ cup plain unsweetened almond milk beverage or water, plus additional as needed
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ume plum vinegar (or 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar + ¼ teaspoon sea salt)
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  1. Before draining the sunflower seeds, rub them between your fingers to help release most of the skins. They affect the color, and the texture just a little, but not the taste. So it's okay if you don't get them all. Drain off the skins and water.
  2. Place the seeds in your blender or food processor with the almond milk or water, lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic. Blend, adding more liquid if it is too thick, until the mixture is as smooth as possible. Stop and scrape down the sides as needed.
  3. Serve immediately, and store leftovers 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. Can one leave out the garlic ? Or is there a substitute ?
    Also can soymilk be suvstituted as well for almond milk ?
    Thank you.

    • You can definitely substitute soy milk. You can omit the garlic, but keep in mind that sunflower seeds have a rather pronounced flavor. The garlic helps to balance that out. You might opt to add another ingredient or two for flavor balance. You can taste test as you. Even adding some salt might achieve that for you.

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