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The Best Vegan Parmesan Cheese

This easy vegan Parmesan cheese will satisfy your cheese cravings without any dairy. Made with 5 simple ingredients in less than 5 minutes, this vegan parm tastes as close to the “real thing” as possible. Perfect on top of pasta, risotto, pizza or any other dishes you’d usually use Parmesan cheese for.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese in a Bowl with a Spoon.

Deliciously savory homemade dairy-free parmesan is so close to traditional parmesan, you would never guess it’s vegan! If you are looking for the best vegan parmesan cheese, look no further, because that’s the only recipe you’ll ever need.

This recipe will quickly become your new favorite staple. It is made with 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes, and you can store it in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Vegan Parmesan Next to a Bottle of Olive Oil.

This vegan parmesan is:

  • vegan (and vegetarian);
  • dairy-free;
  • gluten-free;
  • oil-free;
  • soy-free;
  • easy;
  • quick;
  • healthy;
  • nutritious;
  • savory;
  • cheesy;
  • delicious;
  • perfect for meal prep;
  • storable in the fridge for 1 month;
  • freezable.

Ingredients

  • macadamia nuts;
  • nutritional yeast;
  • garlic powder;
  • onion powder;
  • sea salt.

Macadamia Nuts in a Measuring Cup.

How to Make The Best Vegan Parmesan

This recipe comes together in just 5 minutes without any prep work (see the vegan parmesan web story).

In a bowl of a food processor combine macadamia nuts, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder and sea salt.

Pulse on high for about 30 seconds or until it resembles parmesan-like texture, scrapping sides.

You can also use a grinder or a blender, but make sure not to blend it into butter.

Ingredients for Vegan Parmesan in a Food Processor.

Serving Options

This dairy-free parmesan cheese works amazing with many dishes, especially Italian ones. You can use it in any recipe that calls for traditional parmesan cheese.

Let me know which dishes you ended up using this vegan parmesan cheese in in the comments below.

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce Macadamia Parmesan and Basil on a Plate.

Cook’s Tips

  • This cheesy vegan parmesan cheese is very close to traditional parmesan and is super easy to make with 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes.
  • You will end up with approximately 1 cup of vegan parmesan.
  • Store it in an airtight container or a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  • Freeze it in a freezer safe airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can also use a grinder or a blender, but make sure not to blend it into butter
  • Use this vegan parmesan for any recipe that calls for traditional parmesan cheese, including pasta dishes like vegan lasagna, stuffed shells, vegan spaghetti bolognese, vegan alfredo, vegan pumpkin pasta, vegan mac’n’cheese or vegan pesto pasta; as well as for vegan casserole, quiche, pizza, risotto, gnocchi, arancini, gratin, stuffed mushrooms, mushroom crostini, etc.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese in a Bowl.

Recipe Variations

  • You can customize this vegan parmesan recipe with black pepper or herbs for an extra flavor. Use dried herbs, such as basil, chives, oregano, thyme, parsley or rosemary.
  • Use other nuts if you wish: blanched almonds, cashews or pine nuts would work well.
  • You can also use roasted nuts, but the consistency will be a little harder, so I recommend using raw nuts for this recipe.
  • Use brewer’s yeast if you can’t find nutritional yeast.
  • I recommend using a combination of garlic and onion powders for a more intense flavor. However, you can only use garlic or onion powder, but make sure to double the amounts.

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The Best Vegan Parmesan Cheese

This easy cheesy vegan Parmesan cheese will satisfy your cheese cravings without any dairy. It tastes as close to the real thing as possible.
Course cheese, Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword dairy free parmesan, vegan parm, vegan parmesan, vegan parmesan cheese, vegan parmesan recipe
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 183kcal
$5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a bowl of a food processor combine macadamia nuts, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder and sea salt. Pulse on high for about 30 seconds or until it resembles parmesan-like texture, scrapping sides. You can also use a grinder or a blender, but make sure not to blend it into butter.

Notes

Cook’s Tips

  • This cheesy vegan parmesan cheese is very close to traditional parmesan and is super easy to make with 5 ingredients in just 5 minutes.
  • You will end up with approximately 1 cup of vegan parmesan.
  • Store it in an airtight container or a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  • Freeze it in a freezer safe airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • If you don't have a food processor, you can also use a grinder or a blender, but make sure not to blend it into butter
  • Use this vegan parmesan for any recipe that calls for traditional parmesan cheese, including pasta dishes like vegan lasagna, stuffed shells, vegan spaghetti bolognese, vegan alfredo, vegan pumpkin pasta, vegan mac'n'cheese or vegan pesto pasta; as well as for vegan casserole, quiche, pizza, risotto, gnocchi, arancini, gratin, stuffed mushrooms, mushroom crostini, etc.

Recipe Variations

  • You can customize this vegan parmesan recipe with black pepper or herbs for an extra flavor. Use dried herbs, such as basil, chives, oregano, thyme, parsley or rosemary.
  • Use other nuts if you wish: blanched almonds, cashews or pine nuts would work well.
  • You can also use roasted nuts, but the consistency will be a little harder, so I recommend using raw nuts for this recipe.
  • Use brewer’s yeast if you can’t find nutritional yeast.
  • I recommend using a combination of garlic and onion powders for a more intense flavor. However, you can only use garlic or onion powder, but make sure to double the amounts.
 

Equipment

food processor
rubber spatula
glass jar
measuring spoons

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Elena Szeliga

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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