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1. Gather the ingredients

  • 1 cup of (organic unroasted) sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 tsp of local honey

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2. Wash the seeds

Wash the sunflower seeds using a colander under running water to get rid of any dust or dirt.

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3. Activate the seeds

Put the seeds in a bowl and leave them to soak overnight or a few hours, to activate them and get more out of them.

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4. Drain the seeds

Drain the seeds with a colander and notice how some seeds opened in the middle.

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5. Process the seeds

Place the seeds and two cups of filtered water in a plastic jug, smashing the mix with a food processor or use a blender.

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6. Drain the mix

Use a colander to drain the mix and collect the sunflower milk with a bowl or glass underneath. The nutty paste which remains is great for making sauces, vegan cheese or soups, so don’t toss it!

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7. Make it tastier

You can make the milk sweeter and tastier by adding a small tablespoon of organic honey (although most vegans do not eat honey), so other sweetener alternatives include brown sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla or some cinnamon.

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8. Enjoy

Perfect for your morning Fair Trade coffee, this raw vegan sunflower milk will help you start your day in a yummy, homemade, healthy and cruelty-free fashion!

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