Place the raw pumpkin seeds in a blender.
Pour the water into the blender along with the sweetener, vanilla extract, and salt.
Blend until smooth! Start blending the mixture on high speed until the pumpkin seeds are completely ground and the mixture appears smooth and creamy. This usually takes around 1-2 minutes, but the time may vary depending on the power of your blender.
After blending, taste the pumpkin seed milk and adjust the flavor as desired. If you prefer it sweeter, add more sweetener. If you want a stronger vanilla flavor, add a little more vanilla extract. Adjust the salt level if needed.
Pour the pumpkin seed milk into a glass or container. You can drink it as is, or if you prefer a smoother texture, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any remaining solids. Straining is optional, and you can skip this step if you prefer a slightly thicker milk with more fiber.
Storage: If you have leftover pumpkin seed milk, refrigerate it in a sealed container. It will typically stay fresh for up to 3-4 days. Before drinking, give it a good shake as natural separation may occur.
Food photography by Dalya Rubin.