Sunflower seeds have always been one of my favorite foods to snack on. When roasted, they are a great alternative to chips because opening the shells not only keeps you occupied, but it also helps to prevent you from overeating. In addition, they are highly nutritious and very good for the digestive system.
Another way that I like to enjoy these seeds is to make a nut milk. Although almond milk is my favorite, sunflower seed milk goes great in a chocolate smoothie and is much more economical than almond milk. The only drink wherein sunflower seed milk does taste right is in a matcha latte. For some reason, the two flavors just don’t mix – at least not to my liking.
After the milk is made, I use the pulp to make some delicious sunflower cheese balls. They are not the same as dairy cheese balls, but regardless, they have a cheesy flavor and taste great.
My favorite way to enjoy these is straight out of the oven while they are still warm, but you could also try chilling them before serving. I’m not big on freezing, but if you wanted to, you might even be able to freeze them for a couple days.
Makes 8 – 1″ balls
1 cup Sunflower Seeds, hulled
1/2 large Lemon, Juiced
1 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 dash of Black Pepper
Enough Water to reach a desired consistency (You might only need a tbsp or two.)
Soak the sunflower seeds for at least 3-4 hours before making a milk out of them. (Click here on how to make the milk) Use the milk for making chocolate or fruit smoothies.
In a small bowl, combine the pulp with the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Roll the mixture into 1″ balls and place on a baking/dehydrator sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the sheet into a dehydrator or into an oven and dehydrate at 150 degrees F. for about 2 hours. Turn the balls over and return to the oven for another 1 to 2 hours. You can reduce the temperature at this point if you like in order to prolong the dehydrating time. The only thing to remember is that you want to dehydrate them just long enough to create a nice crust on the outside, while the inside remains soft and moist.
Enjoy as they are or serve them with pickles, crackers or any other food.