Homemade Vegan Parmesan Cheese

This recipe for a fast and easy vegan parmesan cheese replacement uses almonds, garlic, and nutritional yeast.

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In three minutes you can make a flavourful and tasty dairy free cheese substitute – a recommended staple in any milk and lactose free kitchen.  This recipe calls for almonds as the nuts because they are hard and don’t turn into a butter very easily.

My favourite nutritional yeast is one that doesn’t have a lot of extra B12 added.   Too much B12 can give it a vitamin/supplement taste and I find I have trouble sleeping – I wake up in the night – if I eat nutritional yeast with really high levels of B12.

Homemade Vegan Parmesan Nut Cheese


Spaghetti with Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Vegan Parmesan Cheese Substitute

Makes 1/4 cup.
Use this cheesy, and satisfying, dairy free, vegan, substitute - instead of parmesan cheese.  
Shake it on anything that would benefit from a rich cheesy flavour, and a boost of health.
It is a key ingredient in my super fast Vegan Pizza Crust.
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American, French, Italian
Servings 12 teaspoons
Calories 25 kcal

Instructions and Ingredients

  • Place the nuts, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce in a small high-speed blender.  
    I use a magic bullet or this one in Canada

  • Blend until the nuts are finely ground. 
    I still blend this if I use almond flour, I find it distributes the soy sauce better and makes it less clumpy, but with almond flour, you can also just stir it with a fork instead of blending.  


Sub Cashews for Almonds for a different flavour.  Sub Hemp Seeds for Almonds to make nut free.  Tamari coated almonds work really well - skip the soy sauce if you use these.
Store in a shaker jar and keep on your dinner table for sprinkling on meals.
Vegan Parmesan Cheese goes great with any italian dishes - like Lasagna, Pasta Primavera, and Spaghetti.
I've made a batch and used it for the next couple weeks, not sure how long it can last. Depends on the nuts I would guess.


Nutrition Facts
Vegan Parmesan Cheese Substitute
Amount Per Serving
Calories 25 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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