Raw Vegan Vanilla Sprouted Sunflower Seed Milk
WOW! All I can say is “Wow!” and “YUMMY!”
I wasn’t planning on posting today, but this little experiment turned out so good and scrumptious that I had to share with you all! It is SO easy to make and SO full of nutrition that there is no reason as to not make this milk. I’ve been making the cacao vanilla hemp seed milk for awhile now and on a whim today decided to make these little sprouted sunflower seeds into a milk. Glad that I did!
This is a serious beauty milk! The nutritional value of sprouted sunflower seeds is that they provide essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, amino acids and disease-fighting phytosterols. Sprouted sunflower seeds are even more beneficial. The nutritional value of sprouted sunflower seeds outshines that of regular sunflower seeds because the sprouted seeds are from a plant “in their prime,” says Steve Meyerowitz, known as “The Sproutsman,” (source).
One ounce of raw seeds contains 160 calories, 7 g protein, 4 g fiber and only 6 g carbohydrates. They’re a low-sodium food, with just 3 g sodium. Raw sunflower seeds also are a rich source of vitamin E, a valuable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and a source of vital minerals such as magnesium and selenium as well as linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid. The germination process can multiply the nutritional value of the nutrients in sunflower seeds by 300 to 1,200 percent. In additional to the previously mentioned nutritional benefits of sunflower seeds, sprouted seed contain lots of iron, which can combat anemia, and lots of chlorophyll, which helps detoxify the liver and the blood. The World’s Healthiest Foods website notes that sprouted and unsprouted sunflower seeds are an excellent source of phytosterols, which reduce cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease the risk of certain cancers. (source)
You will need to purchase RAW sunflower seeds (can buy in bulk at Whole Foods, Harry’s Market, 1 lb. bags at Trader Joes, etc. – just look for raw ones). I started with 2 cups of raw seeds and soaked them in water (completely covered) overnight. The next morning, I drained the water, rinsed them several times and left in a colander (with tiny holes) to drain better while I prepped some smoothies for the afternoon (@ 20 minutes). Then I transferred the soaked seeds into a glass container and covered with a lid.
These little guys had been sitting in my fridge for about 4 days (used some once for a salad topping) and honestly kind of forgot about them. This morning, I saw the jar and was determined to find a use for them ( I DISLIKE wasting food!) so “quick and easy” was on the menu for them and this is what I came up with.
I opened the jar and got so excited upon seeing the little tails sprouting here.
Into the Vitamix went 1 cup of the sprouted sunflower seeds, 3 cups of water, 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder, 1 dropperful of NuNaturals Stevia and tiny pinch of sea salt. Blend till smooth. IT IS SO THICK AND CREAMY!
Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate til ready to use.
|Healthy Vanilla Sprouted Sunflower Seed Milk Recipe||
- 1 cup of the sprouted sunflower seeds
- 3 cups of water
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
- 1 dropperful of NuNaturals Stevia or other sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, yacon syrup
- tiny pinch of sea salt.
- I started with 2 cups of raw seeds and soaked them in water (completely covered) overnight.
- The next morning, I drained the water, rinsed them several times and left in a colander (with tiny holes) to drain better while I prepped some smoothies for the afternoon (@ 20 minutes).
- Then I transferred the soaked seeds into a glass container and covered with a lid. Put in refrigerator.
- Several days later (@ 4 days) they will be sprouting.
- When ready to make milk – Into the Vitamix goes the sprouted sunflower seeds, water,vanilla bean powder, NuNaturals Stevia and tiny pinch of sea salt.
- Blend till smooth.
- IT IS SO THICK AND CREAMY!
- Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate til ready to use.
You can add cinnamon, cacao, mesquite, carob, pumpkin spice, etc. or combinations thereof for different flavors. Skies the limit!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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