Recipe Directions

1. Pre-Prep: Wash/rinse the sunflower seeds very well and then soak in water for at least 4 hours (6 is better). Rinse and shake the seeds dry in your strainer or allow to air dry for a while.

2. In your food processor, process the dry-ish ingredients (sunflower seeds, salt, and pine nuts) into a fine meal.

3. Add the lemon juice and olive oil. Process again until smooth. Scrape off sides as needed. Get it so it is rolling as it moves around your processor.

4. Process until smooth yet very thick. Don't be scared to let it go for ages because the longer it goes the creamier it is. Then at the end, add the green onion and process slightly to break them into the cheese.

5. Allow to stand for 30 minutes. (If you taste it while it is being made or right after, expect the lemon to stand out. It dies down after it has sat for a while.)

6. Optionally, you can shape into cubes or balls and dehydrate for a while to get a firmer cheese for cheese salad, feta, etc.

Zoe's Thoughts

By Zoe

The easiest, creamiest, and tastiest cheese ever! This just takes a few minutes to make and is our second best seller.

For a nut-free option, use 3 cups of sunflower seeds and no pine nuts.

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Apparently I do need to grind the seeds first. I thought I'd try to power through throwing all the ingredients together and put my new vitamix to the test. It failed! But I did manage to make it eventually. Pretty good, kinda bland IMO, but a few herbs should spice that up enough for me. (My standard taste disclaimer is that I've only been at this for about 3 weeks now.)

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I make this every week now - I'm making it tonight & I'm planning to try it wrapped up in fresh grape leaves from the backyard :)

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oooh you added black truffle oil you decadent lady ;) mmmmmm!

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This is the best cheese ever, and incredibly easy to make! Thank you SO MUCH for putting this recipe out into the universe! I made a yummy variation - with garlic scapes instead of spring onions, pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower, and half pine, half macadamia nuts - that is out of this world amazing... come see a photo on my site: http://eat2evolve.blogspot.com xo diana

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Red pepper option sounds very good to me.

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Or maybe try dill, basil, red pepper(bell pepper) a few comments up above ChrisCarlton made some suggestions for alternative flavours that always taste great.

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OK. Thanks a lot, if I don't find like those i'll with leeks!

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I tried this new version today, and it's really good, but I did have to add a little water to get the mixture to turn. I tasted it first without the spring onions and I was a little discouraged about the taste. After I added the onions, the flavor really came alive. Amazing! They make all the difference in the world. Tastes great now. I'm taking it to a raw food get-together tomorrow.

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OOps I hadn't seen all these comments:

anngoingraw - Spring onions is what we in England call Green Onions. here is a photo of a bunch of spring onions http://3dsmodels.com/textures/Green/675035.JPG

angie - Yeah it is great with dill, my favourite flavour I think.

emmie21 - Breath smell? Never noticed anything nasty there!1

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?????

I have google "spring onions" and there are images of the thing i thought it was a spring onions... For example: http://labomba.co.uk/spring_onions.jpg

They are supposed to be smaller, or they are a different thing? And if they are a different thing, what are they??

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anngoingraw - those are not green (spring) onions - yes, that would be way too much!

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I used 3/4 cup hemp seeds in place of the pine nuts, & I used the full tablespoon of salt since people seemed to love it that way - Yummy! I made another batch the other day with 1/2 tablespoon of salt, & I put 1 Tablespoon of dried dill weed instead of te green onions. Different, but still alright - I rolled the dill one up in purple cabbage leaves - yummy. Both times I ate a bunch of it with a fork right out of the processor before putting it away & deciding what else to do with it :)

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I used 3/4 cup hemp seeds in place of the pine nuts, & I used the full tablespoon of salt since people seemed to love it that way - Yummy! I made another batch the other day with 1/2 tablespoon of salt, & I put 1 Tablespoon of dried dill weed instead of te green onions. Different, but still alright - I rolled the dill one up in purple cabbage leaves - yummy. Both times I ate a bunch of it with a fork right out of the processor before putting it away & deciding what else to do with it :)

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How much is a bunch of onions? In one bunch i get 3 or 4 like this one (3rd item):

http://www.internacionaldecomercio.com/extra/imagenes/img_6/hortalizas.jpg

isn't too much?

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this was delicious and a little bit was so filling - i scooped it up with lettuce leaves while i was at a parade - great travel food. perfect - thanks for posting!

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I just made this and the recipe worked out fine. I'm pretty new to all this and this was the first time I used my new Cuisinart. Worked like a dream! Just dehydrating some it now for use in salads and looking forward to spreading the rest on the flatbread I am making. Thanks for the recipe!

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this is kind of a weird question but would this make your breath smell?(because of the onions)

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i put this on onion bread, eat it on greek salad, wrapped in collard leaves with olives and tomatoes. i have tried many nut cheeses and this is the first one that made me think of something i would put on a bagel. amazing...it's only me eating raw so i make half a batch at a time, but i make it every 3 days or so. there are always sunflower seeds soaking now!

thanks for this recipe, added so much to my meals.

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Delicious! I split my batch and added dill to one half and garlic chives to the other. I haven't had much success with nut "cheeses" before, but this one was tasty!

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it's great on carrot onion bread, onion bread, any bread really. And especially if you put chriscarlton's grilled steak mushrooms on top ;))

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I made an earlier version of this which I loved. Thanks. I will try this one, too. I was wondering if anyone has tried this on bread. If so, what kind did you make?

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I made this cheese tonight, and it is VERY good! I made a half of a batch, and I'm wishing I made a bigger batch now. LOL It great. Now I need to make some bagel crisps.

THANK you for the fun and easy recipe!

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I took the water out of the recipe because I never actually put water in and looking at photos of people's creations which use this cheese the cheese looked a lot more liquidy than ours is. It really doesn't need any water, trust me!!

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Yumyumyumyumyumyum yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!

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Wow! I have just decided to try to find vegan replacements for raw goat cheese, and this sounds great! I also have a lot of sunflower seeds & have been wanting more ways to use them :) Thanks

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