Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Make a batch of your own Vegan Parmesan Cheese using only 4 ingredients and a couple of minutes. So good, you will want to sprinkle it on everything. No additives or preservatives,  naturally gluten-free, dairy-free & low carb. 

vegan parmesan cheese in a small jar

This Vegan Parmesan Cheese is great sprinkled over all your favorite savory meals in lieu of real Parm. Whether you’re vegan, lactose-intolerant /dairy-free or just generally looking to limit your consumption of animal products. Or you’re like me and just plain curious and obsessed with expanding your repertoire of healthy alternatives.

Other reasons to love this vegan parmesan cheese apart from it being healthy, gluten, and dairy-free? It lasts a pretty long time in your fridge, can be frozen and it’s actually also cheaper than traditional Parmesan.  So everybody can find a reason to love this wonderful cheese.

side view of a jar of vegan parmesan cheese

Full disclosure here. I am not reinventing the wheel here with this recipe for vegan parmesan cheese. Of the many many recipes available, I have tasted the whole rainbow and my favorite was definitely this one that I found over at  The Minimalist Baker’s Blog. It has a great taste and texture, and it’s super versatile.  Why mess with perfection, right?

side view of a small glass jar filled with vegan parmesan cheese

What is vegan Parmesan cheese made of?

Vegan Parmesan is made from cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder and sea salt. While the base of healthy nuts provided the perfect texture, it’s really the addition of nutritional yeast that makes those cashews really taste cheesy.

Nutritional Yeast:

Nutritional yeast also contributes to the signature golden yellow coloring. Did you know that nutritional yeast is also loaded with B vitamins, which is why just 1 tablespoon of this vegan Parmesan accounts for roughly 50 percent of your daily suggested intake of vitamins B1, B2 and B6? Well, now you do!

overhead shot of all ingredients needed for making vegan parmesan cheese

Garlic Powder

This simple addition offers some extra flavor complexity and perfectly mimics the subtle flavors found in real Parmesan. Garlic powder makes this vegan Parm irresistible! I guess you could try onion powder if you are out of garlic powder.

Salt

Real Parmesan cheese is really quite salty, so it’s a no brainer that salt is an essential ingredient here! Fine sea salt is a great option, but you can use regular table salt if that’s what you have in your pantry.

How to make Vegan Parmesan Cheese?

picture collage demonstrating how to make vegan parmesan cheese in a food processor

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it’s a fine meal. Be careful not to over-process though, so it doesn’t turn into cashew butter!

How to store Vegan Parmesan Cheese?

Store in the fridge in an airtight container for a few weeks or in the freezer for longer (no need to defrost before using).

overhead shot of a white bowl filled with vegan parmesan cheese

How to use Vegan Parmesan Cheese:

Use it exactly like you would use regular Parmesan. You can sprinkle this homemade vegan “parmesan” over all your favorite Italian recipes, your fave bowls and salads, cooked or grilled vegetables and so.much.more!

This cheese doesn’t melt like the real Parmesan, but it’s perfect for many recipes. Here are some ideas:

a spoon in a small jar with homemade vegan parmesan cheese made from cashews

Tips:

  • I used unsalted nuts in this recipe because they are healthier, but you can also use salted cashews if that’s what you have and you won’t need to add salt.
  • If you cannot find garlic powder or ran out of it, use onion powder.
  • Should you want to add a lovely extra layer of flavor to the cheese sprinkles add some smoked paprika.
  • 1/2 tsp of miso paste can also be added to enhance the flavor profile of the sprinkle.
  • You can swap out cashews for raw blanched almonds or other nuts, including pine nuts, or brazil nuts.
  • For a nut-free version, you could try a recipe that uses hemp seeds as the base.
a jar of homemade vegan cashew parmesan cheese
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Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Make a batch of your own Vegan Parmesan Cheese using only 4 ingredients and a couple of minutes. So good, you will want to sprinkle it on everything. No additives or preservatives,  naturally gluten-free, dairy-free & low carb.  3/4 cup raw cashew cheese
Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cashew parmesan cheese, vegan cheese sprinkles, vegan parmesan cheese
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 jar
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it’s a fine meal. Be careful not to over process though so it doesn’t turn into cashew butter!
  2. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for a few weeks or in the freezer for longer (no need to defrost before using).

Recipe Notes

  • I used unsalted nuts in this recipe because they are healthier, but you can also use salted cashews if that's what you have and you won’t need to add salt.
  • If you cannot find garlic powder or ran out of it, use onion powder.
  • Should you want to add a lovely extra layer of flavor to the cheese sprinkles add some smoked paprika.
  • 1/2 tsp of miso paste can also be added to enhance the flavor profile of the sprinkles.
  • You can swap out cashews for raw blanched almonds or other nuts, including pine nuts, or brazil nuts.
  • For a nut-free version, you could try a recipe that uses hemp seeds as the base.

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9 Comments
  1. What a great idea and super simple to make. This is a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant. I love finding new ways to use nutritional yeast!

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