Easy & Delicious DIY Vegan Parmesan Cheese
This dairy-free parmesan cheese is so darn good. It’s easy to make, too. Give yourself about 2 minutes, tops, from start to finish. Oh, it’s also all-around fabulous. Even die-hard cheese lovers will find it hard to resist!
It’s just that good.
You only need 4 ingredients and a few minutes to make it.
Use Cashews or Hemp Hearts
You can make the cheese with either raw cashews or hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds). Hemp hearts are an ideal option for anyone with tree nut allergies. They have a mild to neutral flavor (close to pine nuts) and also happen to be packed with nutrition. Use what works for you!
Simply place all of the ingredients (nutritional yeast lends cheese-y flavor, and onion powder delivers extra umami goodness) in a food processor or clean coffee grinder:
And then blend away until the pieces look like fine bread crumbs or almond meal:
That’s it! This magical topping is perfect for sprinkling on all kinds of foods, including pasta, casseroles, soups, popcorn, breads, pizza and whatever else you think needs a shake of yum.
It keeps for weeks in the refrigerator and months in the freezer. However, it rarely lasts that long at our house :).
Easy, 4-ingredient vegan parmesan cheese! Made in minutes with either cashews or hemp hearts, it is a healthy and delicious option for pasta, soups, pizza, popcorn, salads, and so much more.
- 3/4 cup raw cashews OR 2/3 cup hemp hearts
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (more or less, as desired)
- Place all of the ingredients in a small food processor or clean coffee grinder. Process until finely ground into what resembles fine bread crumbs or almond meal.
- Use as you would traditional Parmesan cheese.
Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks, the refrigerator for 2 months, or the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
- Calories: 51
- Sugar: 0.5 g
- Sodium: 48.5 mg
- Fat: 3.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 2.6 g
- Fiber: 0.8 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg