Vegan Parmesan

Author: Sarah Cobacho

Published: February 27, 2024

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This Vegan Parmesan recipe is a game-changer if you’re looking for a dairy-free option that adds a touch of that much-loved flavor to your favorite dishes. The blend of nutritional yeast, cashews, onion flakes, and garlic granules creates a nutty, cheesy topping that is perfect for enhancing your favorite pasta, salad, or pizza with flavor and nutrition! This ratio of ingredients is the best I’ve come across after many trials of different vegan parmesans. It’s both simple to make and SO delicious.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy to make with just a few pantry ingredients.
  • Nutrient-dense: adds a touch of B vitamins, protein, and minerals.
  • Perfect dairy-free alternative for those on a plant-based diet.
  • Customizable with different nuts or seeds.
  • Long shelf life, keeps in a jar in the fridge for weeks.
  • Low sodium seasoning: a great way to add an umami flavor to dishes while keeping the sodium low.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for vegan parmesan in ramekins on a concrete surface
  • Cashews: Add a creamy texture and are a great source of healthy fats and magnesium.
  • Nutritional Yeast: Provides the cheesy flavor while being rich in B vitamins. It’s a key ingredient for that signature Parmesan taste.
  • Onion Flakes and Garlic Granules: These add depth to the Parmesan flavor.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Blend (or process in a food processor) the raw cashews, nutritional yeast, onion flakes, and garlic granules until the mixture is finely ground. Store in a glass jar in the fridge, and sprinkle over your favorite dishes to add a burst of flavor.

Close up photo of a glass jar filled with vegan parmesan being stirred by a wooden spoon

Variations and Tips

  • Experiment with seeds: Try using hemp seeds and sunflower seeds if you have nut allergies.
  • Vary the nuts: Mix in different nuts like Brazil nuts for selenium or almonds for a hint of sweetness.
  • Adjust the seasoning: More garlic for a bolder taste or a pinch of sea salt for enhanced flavor.
  • Keep it fresh: Store in an airtight container in the fridge to maintain its freshness longer.
  • Usage ideas: Perfect on pasta, salads, soups, pizzas, or as a savory topping for baked potatoes.

Why You’ll Love This Hemp Seed Parmesan

  • Quick
  • Nutritious
  • Flavorful
  • Versatile
  • Plant-based
Close up photo of a glass jar filled with vegan parmesan being stirred by a wooden spoon

Vegan Parmesan

This Vegan Parmesan is a quick and nutritious alternative to traditional Parmesan, perfect for sprinkling over your favorite dishes. Made with a simple blend of cashews, nutritional yeast, and spices, it's a gorgeous way to add a cheesy flavor without the dairy. Ideal for those following a plant-based diet or anyone looking to add a nourishing twist to their meals.
Sarah Cobacho (
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings 8


  • cup raw cashew
  • cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic granules


  • Blend the cashews, nutritional yeast, onion flakes, and garlic granules until you reach in a powder consistency.
  • Store in a glass jar in the fridge, sprinkle on food when ready to eat.

Per Serving

Calories 50kcalCarbohydrates 4gProtein 3gFat 3gSodium 4mgFiber 1gCalcium 7mgIron 1mg
COURSE Condiment
KEYWORDS cashew cheese, Dairy-Free, Nutritional Yeast, vegan cheese
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Can I use almond instead of cashews?

Yes, almonds or Brazil nuts make great substitutes.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, it’s naturally gluten-free.

How long can I store vegan Parmesan?

When stored properly in the fridge, it can last up to a month.

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