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Sunflower Textured Protein, Tasty?

The market industry of plant based meats has been going through the roof …exploding with new options! And I couldn’t be happier!

I recently met with a new plant based meat product. At least, it’s new to me. It is texturized sunflower protein.
Sunflower Hache is a product from the Sunflower Family’s line of vegan meals designed to be a “meat alternative.”
Click the link above to learn more about how the “sunflower seed” has morphed into a texturized protein.

I have to say, Sunflower Hache,
may be my new favorite meatless,
plant based option!

Teri Granahan

I have made stuffed peppers before, as it has become my “go-to” for trying out any new types of meatless crumble. I find, no matter what the meatless protein taste, if it’s surrounded by other great tastes, it will, at least, be edible and at best, be delicious!. I have previously used Neat Burger, Beyond Meat and have now successfully applied said “stuffed pepper test” to Sunflower Hache!

I have to say, this may be my new favorite meatless, plant based option! The texture is pleasing and most like meat. Beyond Burger is as well, but the pea protein gets to me after a while, digestively speaking. Sunflower Hache is straight sunflower seeds. The taste is also favorable, as in, it doesn’t taste like much. It’s not completely tasteless like tofu. But it doesn’t have a very distinct flavor, which I find useful to be able to incorporate into just about anything you’d use hamburger meat in.

“Power Of The Crisp”

The SunflowerFamily was founded in 2013 in Germany by husband and wife Fabian and Nicole Breisinger, and friend, Oliver Schenkmann. “Heliaflor® Crisp is the main ingredient in our initial product offering of Organic Vegan Meals. It is entirely derived from organic sunflower seeds and requires no additional additives or preservatives. SunflowerFamily crisps are low in fat, gluten-free and contain no soy, dairy or added sugars! One serving (20g) contains 11g plant protein and 4g fiber along with folate and beneficial minerals.”

Stuffed Peppers Recipe:

Recipe…. Recipe is a subjective term with me. I usually look up a few recipes to see the quantity of ingredients other people use and find the common denominators. I then create my own version of what all I saw online or compared to an animal based meal I knew from childhood.


  • Sunflower Hache mix
  • soak in luke warm water right out of the gate so it’s a soft texture.
    [ I added a tsp of veggie broth bouillon to the water for a little added flavor. You don’t have to if you aren’t big on extra sodium.]
  • Veggies of Choice
  • 4 Large Peppers to stuff
    – cored/gutted- (whatever you call it???) and slice in halves
  • 1 cup Veggies for stuffing mix
    • finely chopped or grind them up in a salad shooter (by Ronco…)
      [ I used: butternut squash, red onion, carrot and orange/yellow sweet pepper. However,…I didn’t like the butternut after all was said and done. Next time I will try potatoes.]
  • 1 Egg or Egg replacer like Neat Egg
  • Tomato sauce or salsa
  • Seasoning
    [ Tex/Mex, Italian, Curry, etc.; I opted for Tex/Mex flavor: garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle chili, cilantro, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.]
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. onion powder,
    • Chipotle chili to taste
    • 1 tsp. dried cilantro
    • 1/4 tsp. cumin
    • 1/4 tsp. coriander
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fillers: cornmeal, bread crumbs
    • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of each
  • Olive Oil
  • 1-Tbsp Olive Oil
    [Or your favorite oil to use for baking]


  • Mix all ingredients into the Sunflower Hache mix after it has soaked according to instructions on box.
  • Coat bottom of baking dish with a cooking oil and/or tomato based salsa or tomato sauce of your choice.
    Just enough to coat the base of pan and offer a little moisture.
  • Stuff peppers with the mix, place in baking dish.
  • OPTIONAL: Add some canned garbanzo beans and top with cheese (regular or vegan) for some added flavor and protein!
  • Cover with foil.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for an hour (give or take depending on your oven.)

I hope you enjoy this! Oh, and I bought this at #Wegmans.

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