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posted: 01/02/20 — updated: 02/11/23 by Deryn Macey Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links.

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This vegan parmesan cheese is easy to make in minutes with just 2 simple ingredients. Enjoy sprinkled over pastas, soups, salads and more.

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Let’s go over the main ingredients you’ll need to make this dairy-free version of parmesan cheese.

Nuts or Seeds

Vegan parmesan can be made with nuts like cashews or almonds and can be made nut-free by using hemp seeds or sunflower seeds. I like it best with almonds or almonds but any of these or a combination of these will work:

  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • cashews
  • sunflower seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • Brazil nuts
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What is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast is what gives the recipe it’s cheese-like flavour and yellow colouring. If you’re unsure what nutritional yeast is, I have a whole post all about it here.

Nutritional yeast also adds protein and most brands are fortified with B12 which is handy for plant-based eaters. My favourite brands are Hoosier Farms, Bragg’s, Frontier Coop and Bob’s Red Mill.

Can you make it without yeast?

You can make vegan parmesan yeast-free but omitting the nutritional yeast and adding extra salt as well as additional seasonings like oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. It’s more parmesan-like when made with nutritional yeast though.

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The only additional seasoning I add to vegan parmesan is sea salt, however, feel free to experiment with other herbs and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil and dried oregano.

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Tips and Notes

  1. Use raw, unsalted nuts. Salted and/or roasted nuts will change the taste and consistency of the recipe.
  2. Don’t over blend. Pulse until everything comes together and resembles dry parmesan cheese. Over blending can turn it into a paste, especially if you’re using a softer nut like cashews.
  3. Use a food processor. I usually use my Vitamix but only because my food processor has seen better days. If you have a food processor, this comes together a little easier using the wider base of a food processor over a blender. That being said, a high-speed blender works too.
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer. Store the finished product in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.
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How to Use

  • Sprinkle over your favourite pasta dish. It also goes well over these vegan lentil meatballs, lentil pasta sauce, vegan bolognese or vegan marinara.
  • Sprinkle it over roasted veggies like broccoli, cauliflower or potato.
  • Add it to vegan mac and cheese.
  • Sprinkle it over your favourite soup. It works well over this cauliflower potato soup, this vegan minestrone and this roasted red pepper tomato soup.
  • Use it as a coating for baked tofu, cauliflower or zucchini.
  • Sprinkle it over any salad or buddha bowl.
  • Sprinkle it on homemade or takeout vegan pizza.
  • Use anywhere else you’d use parmesan cheese!
  • Sprinkle it over my spinach artichoke dip or vegan buffalo dip.
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This dairy-free vegan parmesan is easy to make in minutes in a food processor or high-speed blender. Sprinkle over pasta, salads, soup, roasted veggies and more for a nutty, salty, cheesy burst of flavour much like parmesan cheese.

Recipes to Use With

  • Easy Vegan Bruschetta
  • Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • Vegan Bolognese
  • Lentil Meatballs
  • Vegan Carbonara

Did you try this recipe? I’d love to hear about it! Scroll down to the comment section to leave a star rating and review.


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Vegan Parmesan Cheese

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1.25 cups
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Vegan
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Blend up this quick and easy vegan parmesan and sprinkle over everything from soups to salad and pasta. You’ll love the nutty, salty, cheese-like flavour of this versatile condiment.



  1. Add everything to a food processor or high-speed blender and process until it resembled parmesan cheese in texture.
  2. Sprinkle over pasta, salad, soups, sandwiches, roasted veggies and more. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a month.

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posted by Deryn Macey on January 2, 2020

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8 comments on “Vegan Parmesan Cheese”

  1. Renee July 3, 2023 @ 12:26 pm Reply

    Hi do you have any nutritional yeast substitute advice? It is not a natural whole food product.
    Thank you

    • Deryn Macey July 3, 2023 @ 9:22 pm Reply

      I’m sorry, I don’t. That’s the main ingredient in this recipe unfortunately. Thanks.

  2. Jamie March 15, 2023 @ 5:10 am Reply

    I can NOT get past the taste of nutritional yeast, but this, with other ingredients, might just be what I need. I can’t wait to make a little bit of this to see how it goes.

  3. Susan December 19, 2021 @ 5:49 am Reply

    Any suggestions for a salt substitute to make this low sodium please!

    • Deryn Macey December 19, 2021 @ 9:09 am Reply

      You can just leave it out, no problem. Thanks!

  4. Amanda April 1, 2020 @ 11:54 am Reply

    Bookmarking this! It was tasty and so simple. I’m so excited to have a go-to Parmesan recipe that I can easily make in just a few minutes.

  5. Sherry K January 15, 2020 @ 3:19 am Reply

    I love this recipe and will make it again and again. Thanks!

    • Deryn January 15, 2020 @ 8:23 am Reply

      Wonderful!! So glad you like it!

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