Review: Sunflower Hack – Vegan, Gluten and Soya Free Mince

We are not vegan but are trying to eat less meat for ethical reasons.  I have been looking for a mince alternative that is suitable for all our allergies and intolerances – which means it needs to be soya and wheat free (among others).  Could Sunflower Hack be the solution?

New sunflower mince made from 100% organic sunflower seeds. Vegan, gluten-free and soya-free.

Sunflower Hack is a new vegan mince alternative with just one ingredient.  It is made from 100% organic sunflower seeds so it doesn’t contain any additives or anything nasty.  It’s brand new to the UK, and has just won the World Food Innovation Award for best Free From food.  It can be used for anything you would use meat mince for – bolognese, chili, pizza topping, shepherd’s pie, and even burgers.

It contains 50g protein and 20g fibre per 100g, and is suitable for a low-carb diet too.  Sunflower seeds are low-FODMAP so they should be suitable for sensitive tummies!

I decided to make Bolognese sauce with the Sunflower Hack as it’s one of our family favourites.  It was really easy to cook with, I just browned the vegetables as usual and added the sunflower mince along with some extra water.  In fact, it was actually quicker because I didn’t have to ‘brown’ it before adding the rest of the ingredients.

To use vegan and allergen-free sunflower mince, just add 60ml extra water or sauce per 20g of sunflower mince.

As you can see it doesn’t look any different from normal Bolognese sauce.  My children didn’t notice the difference – even my super-fussy 7-year-old!  It did taste a little bit different to me, it has a sort of savoury umami flavour, a little bit like marmite or soya sauce.  It’s quite hard to describe – it was only subtle and still tasty.

spaghetti bolognese made with Sunflower Hack vegan mince alternative

Both children cleared their plates and said it was delicious.  For me that is the acid test – if my kids won’t eat it then I won’t buy it!

my daughter enjoying her pasta bolognese made with vegan, organic mince Sunflower Hack

One pack will retail at £5.49 which for me is quite a high price, however it is a premium quality specialist product.  It was enough to serve the 4 of us for dinner and have leftovers again for dinner the next day – so that’s 4 adult servings and 4 child servings from one pack.  I would happily eat it again, but because of the price it’s not something I would buy regularly.  However if I was vegan, as we have allergies in the family that mean other vegan mince is not suitable for us, then I would be willing to pay the extra price! (Maybe one day? My husband is not convinced!)

Update: Sunflower Hack is now available to buy on eBay! Get a pack of 6 for £29.75 with free delivery.

I received a free sample of Sunflower Hack the purpose of this post.  However this review is my honest opinion of the product.