Nuts can be “cheese,” too, ya know?
It was about time for my updated, go-to vegan parmesan cheese recipe! Let’s do this.
What’s different about this new recipe and my old, go-to recipe? It’s cashew-free!
Many of you have expressed cashew allergies/intolerances and I thought I’d provide an alternative. This version is as easy as ever, requiring just 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 bowl.
In place of cashews, I went for a blend of hemp seeds, pine nuts (which add a buttery, nutty flavor), and Brazil nuts (which are fairly neutral in flavor).
The “cheese” flavor comes from nutritional yeast (which is super high in vitamin B12), and a pinch of salt. That’s it! Garlic powder and oil are optional, but they add even more depth of flavor.
I hope you all love this cashew-free vegan parmesan! It’s:
Easy to make
& So delicious
This would make the perfect topper for things like Eggplant Parmesan, My Favorite Vegan Pizza, Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, or Easy Vegan Meatballs. It also works well in things like Pesto and Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese Sauces!
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!
5-Ingredient Vegan Parmesan Cheese
- 3/4 cup brazil nuts*
- 2 Tbsp pine nuts
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional // 1 Tbsp (15 ml) garlic-infused olive oil)
- Add brazil nuts, pine nuts, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, and salt to a food processor or a blender and pulse into a fine meal. If adding garlic powder, add at this time. If adding garlic-infused oil, add after the mixture is a "meal."
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for “cheesiness” or salt for saltiness. Garlic powder adds more depth.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Recipe makes ~1 cup vegan parmesan cheese.
*Note: To avoid selenium toxicity (which is rare) try to avoid consuming more than 4-5 brazil nuts / day on a consistent long-term basis. It is rare, but consuming more than 60 brazil nuts in one day can increase risk for selenium toxicity.