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How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese

vegan parmesan cheese with cashews spilled and nutritional yeast in measuring spoon

Ever wonder what vegans sprinkle on their pasta or pizza? This how to guide on making vegan Parmesan cheese is the answer! So simple, so flavourful, so satisfying! Only 4 ingredients required, 2 minutes, and your food processor. Easy, simple, yummy goodness!

What is Vegan Parmesan Cheese?

Vegan Parmesan is a finely ground seasoning typically containing:

  • A type of nut, in this case, raw cashews
  • nutritional yeast, to provide “cheesy” flavour
  • salt, for, well, saltiness…
  • and I like to add a pinch of garlic powder in mine

How do you Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese?

Well, it doesn’t get much simpler than four ingredients, tossed into your food processor.

cashews and nutritional yeast in food processor before blending

Then process until a fine meal is achieved. This may take about a minute or so to break down the raw cashews.

making vegan parmesan cheese in the food processor

There you have it. Perfectly delicious, salty, “cheesy”, slightly garlicky, vegan Parmesan cheese. So simple, there’s just no reason not to try this.

The recipe makes a small portion, about 3/4 cup. If you’re anything like myself and love to cover your pasta or soups in this stuff, feel free to double or triple the recipe.

vegan parmesan cheese in small container with cashews spilling out of bag next to it

How to use Vegan Parmesan Cheese?

Well, I’ve got plenty of great options for that! Sprinkle it on your POPCORN! Or on your favourite pastas, or veggie noodles. Try some of these!

You can also sprinkle this delicious goodness on these Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Italian Style Risotto, my decadent Three Cheese Vegan Lasagna or these Italian Stuffed Peppers! Yum. Or if you’d like a lighter dish, go for these delicious Vegan Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower.

What do you sprinkle your vegan parm on? I’d love your feedback in the comments below. 🙂

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vegan parmesan cheese with cashews spilled and nutritional yeast in measuring spoon

How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Course: How To
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gluten free, oil free, vegan
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings (Makes 3/4 cup)
Ever wonder what vegans sprinkle on their pasta? This vegan Parmesan cheese is perfectly "cheesy", salty, slightly garlicky, and oh so delicious!
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  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process until a fine meal is achieved. Serve sprinkled over your favourite dishes.


Store leftovers in an air tight container in your refrigerator to maintain freshness.
Serving: 2Tbsp | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 72mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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  1. Anita

    5 stars
    Wow, I didn’t realize there is a way to make vegan parmesan, and to think that I love cashew and nutritional yeast too. Definitely will give this a try.

  2. Lucie

    5 stars
    Yummy Parmesan cheeze without the pus, blood, faeces, and carcinogenic casein protein!

    Save the planet and the animals, and improve human health by going dairy-free!

    Going dairy-free also improves world poverty and decreases starvation rates since much of the grains grown in poor nations is sold to the west to feed (dairy) cows that will be slaughtered for their flesh when they are just 5 years young! (Natural lifespan is 20-25 years). That grain could be used to feed the local starving and impoverished!

    Going dairy-free is not as difficult as you might think – there are so many dairy-free options and many delicious and easy recipes right here on this blog!

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