How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Learn how to make Vegan Parmesan Cheese with just 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes! Quick, easy and tastes AMAZING!

Learn how to make Vegan Parmesan Cheese with just 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes! Quick, easy and tastes AMAZING!

Without a doubt, I was a member of parmesan cheese addicts anonymous, PCAA for short. It goes great with pretty much everything on earth, but I had finally reached a point where I NEEDED a vegan alternative. In walks in 5 super single ingredients: cashews, nutritional yeast, sea salt, garlic powder, and the one that made all the difference, onion powder. 5 minutes, a lifetime of happiness, and vegan pizzas.

Learn how to make Vegan Parmesan Cheese with just 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes! Quick, easy and tastes AMAZING!

So, how and why does this taste like parmesan cheese? If you’ve ever made cashew butter, then you know that it grinds down into a meal similar to almond meal before turning into its gooey butter goodness. That meal directly mimics parmesan cheese in both texture and consistency.

The cashew meal provides the perfect base to add nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is THE vegan go to for cheese-like flavour and has tons of B12 making it delicious and essential. Then the other three, garlic powder, onion powder, and sea salt balance out each other with flavour, slight saltiness, and an extra hint of cheesiness. All in all, they go PERFECTLY together to make vegan parmesan cheese. Plus, I love making this at home because it’s way cheaper than buying it in the store.

Learn how to make Vegan Parmesan Cheese with just 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes! Quick, easy and tastes AMAZING!-3

Now, some tips & tricks:

TIPS FOR MAKING VEGAN PARMESAN CHEESE

  1. Using unsalted cashews is necessary. Salted cashews will alter the taste and consistency of the product.
  2. You can substitute the cashews for another skinless seed such as sunflower seeds to make it nut free or macadamia nuts, but I can’t guarantee the exact same consistency.
  3. Don’t pulse it don’t too much else it would begin to turn into a slight paste because of the cashews. Just pulse until everything has come together in your food processor.
  4. I recommend using a food processor and NOT a blender. I tried both and got much better results with a food processor. This is the food processor that I use:
  5. You can double or triple this batch if you’d like!

 

WHAT TO PUT VEGAN PARMESAN CHEESE ON:

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Grilled Lemon Garlic Zucchini

Creamy Cashew Pea Pesto

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

 

MORE HOMEMADE VEGAN CHEESE RECIPES

Vegan Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball

Learn how to make Vegan Parmesan Cheese with just 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes! Quick, easy and tastes AMAZING!Learn how to make Vegan Parmesan Cheese with just 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes! Quick, easy and tastes AMAZING!

How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese

by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Course Snacks
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
Instructions

Instructions

  • In a food processor, add the cashews and blend until they became ground down into a meal.
  • Add all the other ingredients and mix together until combined.
  • Enjoy!
NOTES
 
  1. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.
  2. HOW TO STORE VEGAN PARMESAN CHEESE
    This vegan parmesan cheese should be stored in an airtight jar in your fridge. It will last up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.5g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 4.2g | Sodium: 120mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 0.5g
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  1. Elizabeth LaCasse says:

    5 stars
    love that this is quick and easy to make with natural ingredients!

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