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Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Vegan Parmesan Recipe

The Pesky Vegan
This vegan parmesan recipe requires just 4 ingredients and is ready in a matter of seconds. Substitute it wherever you'd normally use grated parmesan cheese.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Cheese, Condiment
Cuisine Cheese, Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 12
Calories 74 kcal


  • 100 g unsalted cashews
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and use short pulses until you have a fine, powdery crumble. Note: If using a blender, be careful not to overdo it. Blenders are powerful and can quickly turn the cashews into a clumpy paste. Depending on the blender, you may only need a few one-second pulses.
  • Enjoy sprinkled over pasta, pizza, or anywhere else you'd normally use grated parmesan cheese.


Don’t over-blend: Just driving this point home one last time :) 
Other nuts: Most people go with cashews since they’re creamy and have a relatively neutral flavour. While I haven’t experimented much with other nuts in this recipe, I’ve seen it done with walnuts, almonds, and pine nuts. I’d recommend using skinless and unsalted versions of these if you’re wanting to try them out. 
Adjusting the flavour: If adding more salt or garlic powder, only add a little at a time. If you want more nutritional yeast, you can add this more liberally. If blending to mix the additional amounts, be sure not to overdo it. 
Storage: This vegan parmesan uses dry ingredients and so should keep for up to several weeks in the fridge or at room temperature. You can also freeze it for up to six months. 
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* The nutrition info below is for one serving, based on a total of twelve servings. 


Calories: 74kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 98mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Parmesan Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 98mg4%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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