Almond & Sunflower Seed Milk

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Here’s another dairy-free milk for you to try… I made this one up this morning when I needed milk but didn’t want to wake everyone up by grinding rice at 6am! (I pulverised it on speed 6 at the end instead of speed 8, to make it a bit quieter, too!) This is sweeter and creamier than rice milk, and froths up really well – perfect for hot chocolate or cafe latte! Let me know what you think…

Almond Sunflower Seed Milk
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  1. 50g raw almonds
  2. 50g sunflower seeds
  3. 1 litre water
  4. 1 Tblspn coconut oil (or grapeseed oil)
  5. pinch sea salt
  6. 20g raw honey (opt.)
  1. Mill almonds and sunflower seeds for 15 - 20 sec/speed 9.
  2. Add water, oil, salt and honey and cook for 4 min/60C/speed 4.
  3. Blend 30 sec/speed 8.
  4. Strain through a nut milk bag into bottle or jar.
  1. Milk may sometimes separate, so shake before use.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo, I’m new to cooking with spelt flour and have been wanting to try all your recipes. I don’t have a thermomix though so how would i make this recipe? Am very much looking forward to all these new wonderful tastes,thanks.

  2. Jo Whitton says:

    Hmmm, maybe if you use almond meal, and grind the seeds up in a coffee grinder or nut/seed/herb grinder; then cook it on a very low heat in a pan while whisking it for a few mins; then whiz it up in a blender until frothy…? Have a go and see if it works, I’m not sure. Hope you can find some recipes you love on my blog πŸ™‚

  3. Ruth says:

    Hi Jo
    Am making this it’s great. My kids will drink it, saves me money on bought oat milk and more nutritious. Just wondering why you heat your milks? I just always wondered as I am doing it!

  4. Jo Whitton says:

    Hi Ruth,
    You can actually make this one raw – I usually heat rice milk because it has to be slightly cooked for the rice to incorporate into the water and make it creamy. But with nut & seed milks you can either do it raw or cooked. It is a little creamier cooked, and foams up better. But either way it’s yummy!
    Jo πŸ™‚

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the recipe.. Why can’t I get a good froth? I followed recipe and even tried speed 10 for extra power.. Still little froth? Sophie

  6. I can’t get mine to froth either Jo! And also are you supposed to get it to 60 and cook for 4 mins or just select 4 mins at 60 and that’s it?
    Thanks for the rad recipes! πŸ™‚

  7. Jo Whitton says:

    Try cooking it for 5 mins at 60C, then whizzing it up on speed 8 or 9 for 30-40 seconds. I get about 2cms froth on top when I pour it into a litre jug.
    Jo πŸ™‚

  8. Anonymous says:

    This almond milk is devine in porridge. I leave out the honey, but add blueberries to the porridge so get some sweetness that way. Much nicer than water-based porridge and healthier than cow milk. Thans Jo. πŸ™‚

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love this milk! Been making it with 100g almonds. Used it in my Rooibos Chai. Jo, have you tasted Rooibos tea?

  10. Jo Whitton says:

    Glad to hear you guys are enjoying this milk! And yes, I love Rooibos tea, especially vanilla rooibos! πŸ˜€

  11. SweetMazz says:

    Making this now as per recipe. They wanted approx $4 for a litre of almind milk compare to $8 for 450g raw almonds….

  12. Anonymous says:

    How long will this milk last?

    Plus what sort of container do you keep it in?

  13. Symone says:

    Just made this with a double recipe… not a good idea, too much in the bowl to pulverise at the end but still got a good froth and was SOO yummy! Thanks Jo

  14. I want to get a nutmilk bag, anyone know what type is the best and if you can buy them online ? Thanks Marie

  15. Jo Whitton says:

    Oops, not keeping up with comments – sorry!
    @SweetMazz: I buy my almonds for about $10/kg for insecticide free (bulk) – and you only use 100g for a litre of milk, so very cheap!
    @Anon: will last about 5 days in the fridge. Make custard if you need to use it up! πŸ˜€ I store in a glass bottle with a screw top lid – can buy them at cheap, $2 shops.
    @Symone: If you double it, just don’t double the water until it’s all done and pulverised, then add remaining water and stir in. πŸ™‚
    @Marie: I use Living Synergy nut milk bags – they’re great! Order online at Organics on a Budget, or buy from a health food store.

    • Leigh says:

      Hi Jo. Do you buy your almonds for that price bulk online? I pay about $23 (on special) -$30/kg for insecticide free almonds in bulk at health food shop and almost $20/kg from wholefood collective online store.
      Can’t wait to make this!!
      Thanks Jo!

      • QuirkyJo says:

        I buy them in bulk from Trumps (Brisbane) through a co-op – works out about $14/kg in bulk for insecticide free almonds. πŸ™‚

  16. Julie from Brisbane says:

    Made this last night, as per recipe with minor mods as suggested by you on July 31st 2012. Expected it to last for days, but needed to make more today. Me and my husband drank the lot! Yet to trial on the kids. Thanks Jo for a great recipe!

  17. NicoleM says:

    Yum, thanks Jo for the recipe just made up a batch to drink in my rooibos tea (is there any other kind(-; ). Look forward to trying it as a hot choc. Thanks again!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo, just made this in my new thermomix. It tastes quite funny on my coffee….is it ok to drink with coffee? Is it just that my taste buds need to get used to the flavour?

  19. Jo Whitton says:

    Hi Anon, it does take getting used to, but I prefer it in hot chocolate and I prefer cashew milk or coconut milk in coffee. πŸ™‚

  20. ACG says:

    Thank you so so much for this recipe.
    I made this almond and sunflower seed milk this morning and my husband and I both love it!!

    I do have a cheese cloth but then I saw somewhere that you can also use a french press to strain it, and it worked out nicely!!!

    We drank it by itself first, then put it in our espresso, it’s delicious.
    I love how it is really creamy, and the sun flower seeds just uplift the taste of the almonds. So AWESOME!

    It is way beyond the store bought ones.
    I told my husband I will never buy it from the stores anymore.
    Really appreciate you not keeping the recipe to yourself!!

    I shared with my mom right away, however I had to translate it into Chinese (Hopefully that is okay that I didn’t send her the link since she doesn’t really read that much English.)

    Thank you!!!

  21. ACG says:

    This is actually my first time making almond milk
    Thanks to Jo Whitton for providing this recipe for us.

    Both my husband and I absolutely love this recipe.
    It is so creamy (which i love for my milk). The sun flower seeds just uplifts the flavour of the almond in this milk.

    We drank it by itself at first, then we put it in our coffee. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE IT.

    Thank you so so much for not keeping this recipe to yourself.

    This will definitely be my go to almond milk recipe.

    Another thing I forgot to mention: You don’t need to soak the almond!! Most of the recipes I found require this process to activate the almond. However this one tastes so good even without soaking it overnight. How awesome!!

    Thank you so much! =)

  22. Nic says:

    Hi Jo
    Can you tell me where do you buy your almonds from? I saw you get them for $10 per kilo bulk but I cant find anything near that price.

    • QuirkyJo says:

      I get them in bulk through a co-op, from Trumps in Brisbane. This is an old post, so prices would’ve gone up, but they’re still the cheapest I’ve found. πŸ™‚

  23. MattyM says:

    Am a diabetic and looking at low cholesterol and occasional non dairy options. Made this today for first time and WOW! Beautiful and creamy, and tastes wonderful (I did a half measure of maple syrup). Fantastic froth too, so look forward in trying on my laitte tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration to try some dairy free milk alternatives!

  24. Virginia says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I’ve tried a million times and this is the only one I’ve liked so far, although I used only almonds and erithritol instead of honey. I can finally ditch my regular milk in my cofee!!

  25. Siska says:

    Hey Jo does it increase health benefits digestibility much to soak nuts first rinse off water then start or not really

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