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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Allergy-Friendly Dairy-Free Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese

 A creamy spread that looks and tastes like cream cheese but is safe for those who avoid dairy and nuts. This recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and perhaps even keto-friendly.

 Having a dairy-allergy can be difficult at times when it comes to eating and making recipes. When I discovered that a dairy-allergy was the cause of my severe asthma attacks, two years ago, I have been learning how to adjust. I have also been learning new ways to recreate my favorite foods and discovering many dairy-free recipes. I like when I discover dairy-free recipes that are also allergy-friendly to other common food allergies.

 My oldest daughter has many food allergies that are not in the top 8 common food allergies as well as being allergic to peanuts and all other nuts. My older daughter is married so she does not live with me but when we get together, it can be quite the chore to make food that we can both safely eat. I am so used to making my dairy-free recipes with plant-based nut milk while she is used to making her food without any nuts. So we have to always ask each other about the food we are sharing as one slip up in a food ingredient can land one of us in the hospital. I remember the time when I brought a slice of dairy-free King Cake over to her house for dessert and it totally slipped my mind that she can't consume almond milk. Thankfully, we did not eat it and when I got home, I called her to tell her my mistake. My daughter was about to call me to ask about my recipe. 

 It is things like this that make me not eat food that friends bring over at the holidays. People do not always know that things like butter is a dairy product or they add another ingredient to the recipe that has dairy in it. So I have learned to be a label reader and bring my own food when I visit people. 

Allergy-Friendly Dairy-Free Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese

 I have adjusted to buying dairy-free versions of my favorite milk-related products in the grocery store. Many of the substitutes for dairy products, like cream cheese and ice cream, are quite tasty and taste very similar. The problem with allergy-friendly foods in the store is the price as they are always more expensive than the non-mock food products. So I don't buy dairy-free food products that often and make them at home when I am able to. Although it can be hard to make dairy-free cheese slices like the ones at the store, I have been able to make delicious dairy-free caramels

So I was excited when I saw a recipe for dairy-free cream cheese as I enjoy vegan cream cheese on crackers. My local grocery stores sell allergy-friendly cream cheese and I can consume it in a couple of days. So to be able to make a dairy-less cream cheese spread at home is awesome. This dairy-free cream cheese recipe uses only a handful of ingredients and is so easy to make. The main ingredient in the recipe is raw sunflower seeds which is a seed that my daughter, who has a nut allergy, can eat.

Allergy-Friendly Dairy-Free Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese is:

+ Dairy-free      + Egg-free  + Plant-based

+ Gluten-free    + Nut-free

+ Peanut-free    + Soy-free

+ Vegan            + Vegetarian

+ Paleo             + Keto-friendly

Ingredients to make dairy-free cream cheese:

+ Raw sunflower seeds

+ Lemon juice

+ Salt

+ Apple cider vinegar

+ Garlic

Many uses for allergy-friendly cream cheese

This delicious dairy-free cream cheese spread is cream and has many uses. While this spread that is made with sunflower seeds tastes similar to cream cheese, it is not something that can be used in recipes like a dairy-free cheesecake. Instead, it is a savory dairy-free spread that can be enjoyed on crackers, sandwiches, vegetables, and more. I like to spread my sunflower seed spread on flatbread and crackers. Then I top the spread with a sprinkle of homemade everything spice and oven-roasted sun-dried tomatoes. I always have a stash of sun-dried oven roasted tomatoes in my freezer from my garden surplus.

 Last summer when I had an abundance of plum tomatoes from my church food pantry, I discovered a delicious recipe for roasted tomatoes made in the air fryer. So if you don't have all day to sun-dry tomato slices then roast the tomatoes in the air fryer for a delicious topping for the cream cheese spread. This delightful creamy dairy-free spread would be great in a wrapped sandwich that is made with Lavash Flatbread. Whatever you choose to spread this spread on is up to you. Just take a knife and spread away. I like to eat this dairy-free cream cheese spread by the spoonful. This spread is made from sunflower seeds so it is healthy and loaded with protein. 

Looking for other dairy-free, allergy-friendly recipes?

Natural Homemade Honey Sunflower Seed Butter  


Non Dairy Date Salted Caramels


Vegan Pea Pesto Sauce

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mocha Protein Brownies

Whipped Dalgona Coffee 

 So if you are looking for a plant-based spread to enjoy on crackers, then you have to make this delicious vegan recipe. This is a spread that is so easy to make and can be made ahead of time for a party. You do have to soak the sunflower seeds for 4-8 hours but then you simply blend all the ingredients in a blender until creamy. The spread can be enjoyed immediately after you make or you can store it in the fridge for a week. 

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Allergy-Friendly Dairy-Free Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese

Allergy-Friendly Dairy-Free Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese

Yield: 8
Author: Mom Knows Best
A creamy spread that looks and tastes like cream cheese but is safe for those who avoid dairy and nuts. This recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and perhaps even keto-friendly.


  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 to 8 hours
  • ¼ cup water, plus additional as needed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic


  1. Place the raw sunflower seeds in a bowl of water in such a manner that they are completely immersed in the water. Set aside at room temperature and let the sunflower seeds soak for 4-8 hours.
  2. After the sunflower seeds soak, drain them.
  3. Place the seeds in your blender or food processor with the water, lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic. Blend until smooth, adding more water to resemble a cream cheese texture. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. This may take up to three minutes to blend.
  4. Serve immediately on bagels, crackers, or bread. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


AiringMyLaundry said...

I would give this a try to see if I like it. I think I would! It does sound delish!

Lisa said...

This looks really delicious. I've never heard of it before but want to try it.

Ben said...

That looks really good. I'd definitely love to give this a try. I've never had anything like this before.

Brianne said...

I love this recipe! Everyone can eat it. With no allergies and no dairy, it's super safe for an appetizer in mixed company.

Kathy said...

These look great. I will have to try these. I'm always looking for new snacks to try out.

Amila said...

It is inteersting to know about such sunflower seed cream cheese.I know sunflower seeds are with full of helpful nutrients.I will look for such plant based cream cheese.
- Amila

Janeane M Davis said...

This sounds like an interesting vegan option. The sunflower seed addition is a nice treat.

Kita Bryant said...

I didn't realize there was such a tasty alternative to cream cheese! Well, the dream cheese I'm used to!

Cristina Petrini said...

I love when you can suggest such good but also healthy things that are good for everyone!

Gust si Aroma said...

This is a way to make our appetizers even more delicious! I think my whole family will love it!

Joanna said...

I would like to try this. I am not friends with lactose so I can't enjoy normal cream cheese.

Ryan Escat said...

I don't have such allergies but it great to know options like this. And this cream cheese sounds so awesome.

Alvern said...

This looks scrumptious and I love sun dried tomatoes. I would also add some olives and roasted mediterranean peppers. Yummy!

Nyxie said...

These look amazing! I'm so hungry and reading this hasn't helped!

Mom Knows Best said...

Yes to the olives and peppers. I will be adding those to snack

Mom Knows Best said...

I know what you mean. I get hungry looking at my own photos

Mom Knows Best said...

I like when people serve allergy-friendly food at events.

Wanda Lopez said...

I love this recipe and can't believe I had not tried it before. It's perfect for our family. My daughter is lactose intolerant and she'll love this cream cheese variation.

Monidipa said...

This is so wow, this looks so yummy. I will try it later. Bookmarking it!

Ivan Jose said...

Oh, wow. I love cream cheese but I’m open to trying this plant-based version. This looks good!

Organicisthebeauty@gmail.com said...

Wow looks amazing delicious Allergy-Friendly Dairy-Free Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese. I will try this and let you know. Thanks for the recipe.

Jenlooksandcooks.com said...

I'm lactose intolerant.
I will try!

Mamacita La Cuponera said...

I'm always looking for healthy snacks, I need to try these.

Kathy said...

Wow, that looks amazing. I'm going to have to give it a try real soon. Yum!

Kita Bryant said...

Now that looks like an awesome treat. I would love to make this for the family.

Monica Simpson said...

Such simple ingredients! I'd love to try this.

Tasheena said...

I love that this recipe is dairy-free. I can't wait to give it a try.

Terri Steffes said...

I just had this at a Jewish vegan bakery. It was so good!

Ivan Jose said...

It would also be a wise idea to serve this allergy-friendly option during family events since not all people can tolerate dairy.

Richelle Escat said...

Wow, I can't imagine that sunflower seeds could make cream cheese like this.

Gust si Aroma said...

This sounds like the perfect appetizer. My family will go crazy over it for sure!

Melanie Edjourian said...

This sounds so different but also really tasty too. I would definitely try that at home.

Authentic Food Quest said...

Love this delicious recipe. Even though I can eat dairy, this dairy-free alternative looks amazing. I look forward to trying it at home.

Lynndee said...

I don't think I've ever had Sunflower Seed Cream Cheese before. But I love a good dip and that looks delish! -LYNNDEE

Louisa said...

This sounds interesting. I will try it out and come back to tell you how I feel about it

Beth said...

This looks like the perfect recipe to make when my sisters visit. One is a vegan, the other has nut allergies.

Erin said...

This looks delicious! and I really LOVE cheese, I will have to try this.

Swathi said...

This Allergy friendly dairy free sunflower cream looks delicious I need to try it.

Marysa said...

What an interesting recipe! This sounds like a nice alternative to dairy and a fun recipe to try.

Anosa Malanga said...

Glad to learn different recipes and vegan too! I love that this is dairy allergy friendly too! Thank s for sharing such information and of course for the recipe.

Unknown said...

This looks so great and delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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