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Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Vegan Cashew Parmesan

The Pesky Vegan
This dairy-free cashew parmesan requires just four ingredients and blends together in a matter of seconds. Substitute it wherever you'd normally use grated parmesan cheese.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cheese, Condiment
Cuisine Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 12
Calories 74 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • ¾ cup (100 g) unsalted cashews
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • 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 pizza, risotto, or pasta dishes such as spaghetti all'arrabbiata or tomato tahini pasta (see my full list of vegan pasta recipes for more inspiration).

Notes

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 careful not to overdo it.
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.
Without nutritional yeast: If you don't have nutritional yeast or don't want to include it, try adding in herbs such as dried oregano or dried basil for extra flavour.
Gluten-free: This recipe is 100% gluten-free as written.
Storage: Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cupboard for up to a week, fridge for up to two weeks, or freezer for up to six months. 
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* The nutrition info below is for one serving, based on a total of twelve servings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 74kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 98mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cashew Parmesan
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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