How to Make Sunflower Seed Yoghurt/Kefir (Without a Yoghurt Maker)

Most pre-made, supermarket yoghurts have additives like sugar, and the cultures used in them tend to deteriorate over time, meaning you often don’t receive the full benefits of the probiotics contained within these yoghurts due to processing and handling along the way. If you do opt for a pre-made yoghurt, look for one that only contains milk and probiotic cultures, nothing more, as this means it’s as natural as can be. Plus, you want to keep an eye out for the packaging labels that say “active” AND “live cultures”, not just “live” as this may mean they may not be able to provide all the benefits to your gut that healthy cultures can bring.

A couple years ago, I started experimenting with how to make vegan yoghurt using coconut milk. It took me a few trials to get right (it kept coming out like kefir), but eventually I got there.

The coconut yoghurt I made was an actual probiotic one, making it just as nutritious as its’ dairy counterpart, and great for those of us who are dairy intolerant/vegan! Now, when I say “actual”, it’s because the yoghurts I share actually have beneficial AND active probiotic cultures in them, helping with the fermentation process, turning it from milk to delicious creamy yoghurt.

Now, I understand that for some, the coconutty taste is something they can’t get past. So, I thought I’d share another plant-based yoghurt that delivers a healthy dose of probiotic goodness and a little extra protein.

Before we get started in learning how to make this creamy sunflower yoghurt – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

Before and after the sunflower seeds had been turned into yoghurt!

If you make this yoghurt, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

DIY Sunflower Seed Yoghurt

You can use live kefir grains or a probiotic capsule to add a hit of beneficial bacteria to the yoghurt, plus help it to thicken and become more like yoghurt. Just add 1-2 tbsp of kefir grains or 2 capsules of probiotics (containing 50 billion live cultures), and stir through after having added the sunflower milk to the jar to ferment.

Straining the milk is also optional. If you want a thicker consistency, pour the blended sunflower seed milk straight from the blender into the jar without straining.


To make:

  1. Place soaked sunflower seeds into a high-speed blender and add water. Blend until creamy.
  2. Strain out the milk using a nut milk bag, pour into a glass jar, then cover with a clean towel or cheesecloth. Let the milk sit in a warm – not hot – place for 24 hours, or until it becomes thick and creamy.
  3. Once finished, stir in the rest of the ingredients and enjoy! You can have it as a gut-loving drink, in a smoothie, incorporated into a creamy salad dressing, made into a little parfait topped with fruit, or frozen into popsicles!
  4. Keep the yoghurt in an airtight glass jar in the fridge.
DIY sunflower seed yoghurt.

DIY sunflower seed yoghurt tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you made vegan yoghurt before? How did it go? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa