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Vegan Parmesan Cheese

May 12, 2021

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Vegan parmesan in a ramekin

This vegan parmesan cheese recipe is the perfect dairy-free substitute anytime you want to sprinkle a little grated parmesan on your meal. It has a cheesy flavor and crumbly texture that pairs beautifully with pizza, pasta, or garlic bread. And it takes just 5 minutes to make! Since parmesan has a nutty flavor, we're using almonds in this recipe (but other nuts may work as well). For a nut-free option, try using hemp seeds instead of almonds.

Although you can use almonds with the peel on, I recommend using blanched almonds for this recipe. Many people prefer blanched almonds for nutritional reasons (there are compounds called tannins in the brown outer peels which may inhibit the absorption of nutrients in the body). Using almonds without the peel will also make your vegan parmesan resemble real parmesan.

While this dairy-free parmesan works great for sprinkling on top of food, I should mention that it's not an exact substitute. It won't work in recipes that require the parmesan to melt, like alfredo sauce, for example.

Garlic bread on a cutting board with vegan parmesan in a ramekin
This recipe makes a vegan parmesan that's perfect for sprinkling on pizza, pasta, and garlic bread.

You can store this vegan parmesan at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to a week. In the refrigerator, it should last up to a year, and even longer in the freezer.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Yield2.7 oz. (76 g.) vegan parmesan

Prep Time5 minutes

Cook Timen/a

Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Add almonds, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt to a blender.

  2. Pulse the blender until your almonds have been reduced to tiny pieces. You don’t want pieces that are too large, but you also don’t want to blend your almonds into almond flour.

    Vegan parmesan in a blender
  3. Use your vegan parmesan as a topping on pizza, pasta, garlic bread, or anything else you would top with grated parmesan!

Notes & Hints

For a nut-free option, try using hemp seeds instead of almonds.

Using blanched almonds will make your vegan parmesan look more like traditional parmesan, plus it may be healthier.

This vegan parmesan recipe is not a substitute for parmesan that needs to melt (for example, to use in alfredo sauce).

You can store this vegan parmesan at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to a week. In the refrigerator, it should last up to a year, and even longer in the freezer.

Nutrition Data

Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe; Calories: 57Fat: 4 g.; Saturated Fat: 0 g.; Cholesterol: 0 mg.; Sodium: 123 mg.; Carbohydrates: 3 g.; Fiber: 1 g.; Sugar: 0 g.; Protein: 3 g.; Vitamin A: 0 mcg. RAE; Vitamin B12: 2 mcg.; Vitamin C: 0 mg.; Vitamin D: 0 mcg.; Calcium: 25 mg.; Iron: 0 mg.; Potassium: 97 mg.; Zinc: 0 mg.

Note: This data should be used only as an estimate. Please see the nutrition section of my terms and conditions for more information on how this data is calculated.

Vegan parmesan in a ramekin with a spoon, almonds surrounding it.
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Hi! I'm Steph, and I love to explore vegan food, health, and of course, the world. I'm sharing my best vegan recipes, and things I've learned and loved from my travels and health journeys.

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