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Jun 14th, 2011, 10:24 AM
From godairyfree.org:

Sunsational Sunflower “Milk” Hits the Dairy-Free and Vegan Market


Alisa Fleming (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979128625?ie=UTF8&tag=godairyfree-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0979128625) ~ Last month, I discussed a growing phenomenon (http://www.alisacooks.com/2011/05/31/dairy-free-milkshake/) that I observe at nearly every trip to the grocery store. While there are millions of us who live strictly dairy-free, many more people consume some dairy (primarily that addictive cheese!), but are choosing milk alternatives over cow’s milk for health reasons, taste, or both. This has created insane demand for non-dairy beverages, and in return, an incredible supply. Within one year of coconut milk beverage’s debut, four brands arrived on the scene. Every market I shop at now has their own generic brand of almond milk, and now “milk” manufacturers are moving beyond nuts, giving seeds time in the spotlight.

Just a couple of months ago, I was approached about the new Sunsational Non-Dairy Sunflower Beverage (http://www.sunsationalnondairy.com/). Unable to resist trialing the latest and greatest in the dairy-free world, I gladly accepted a package of each flavor, Original and Vanilla, to put to the test.

Sunsational (http://www.sunsationalnondairy.com/) has a relatively rich texture, with an earthy flavor that gives way to a light and fairly clean finish. As you might expect, it has a definite sunflower seed taste, which I rather enjoyed. Hemp is often too strong for my taste buds, while almond has such a distinctive flavor, that it tends to take charge of the flavor in many dishes. However, Sunsational’s flavor is one that I feel can be quite versatile, particularly if they come out with an unsweetened version. The Original (which is lightly sweetened) works wonderfully in baked goods and smoothies, but I could see an unsweetened flavor adding both body and an appropriate flavor to light sauces and “cheesy” blends...

Sunsational (http://www.sunsationalnondairy.com/) is not fortified, which makes it even more impressive that a single serving naturally contains 80mg of calcium, 20% of the RDA for vitamin A, 15% of the RDA for folate, and a good dose of fiber. Because it offers 3.5 grams of fat, Sunsational adds a full-bodied consistency to recipes (more like 2% milk) that is lacking in some types of milk alternatives. This product is free of gluten, soy, dairy, nuts, and all of the “big 8” allergens, but check with the company on processes should a severe allergy or intolerance be of concern for you.

Jun 14th, 2011, 12:24 PM
I like the fact it isn't fortified, I hope it won't be too long until we can get it over here! :)

Jun 14th, 2011, 06:41 PM
I love sunflower milk, I make it a lot at home! It is a fairly neutral flavor which is nice. The only downside (of homemade, anyway) is that it's a grey-ish color. Ah well, at least it tastes good :)