2 Minute Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Vegan Parmesan Cheese is an easy no bake recipe that makes the most delicious plant based cheese alternative! You won’t believe this parmesan cheese is dairy free. Using only 4 commonly found ingredients this is the best parmesan cheese recipe!

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When we first started trying to add in more plant based meals in our diet we noticed that we quickly started to miss cheese. My husband loves parmesan cheese and quickly started to look for a way to replicate it – and after a few tweaks, he came up with this perfect recipe!

We make this parmesan cheese weekly and sprinkle it on top of almost everything we make – pastas, soups, and more. It’s the perfect alternative to grated parmesan cheese!

Ingredients

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

What is Nutritional Yeast?

According to Bob’s Red Mill:

Nutritional yeast is made from a specially selected strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. One of the benefits of nutritional yeast is that it comes in large flakes that are described as having a cheesy and nutty flavor, making it a great vegetarian or vegan substitute. It also has good nutritional benefits of B12 vitamins and high protein content, making it an ideal vegetarian support formula.

Bob’s Red Mill

Recommended Equiptment

I highly recommend using a food processor to make parmesan cheese because it’ll help make the cheese a consistent texture that’s very similar to parmesan cheese. I love to use this food processor, but any brand will work!

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How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese

  1. In a food processor, combine the raw cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic and sea salt.
  2. Pulse until desired texture, about a minute or two.
  3. Enjoy!

How to Use Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Vegan Parmesan Cheese can be substituted in for regular parmesan cheese at a 1:1 ratio. Some of my favorite ways to use it:

  • Mix with a little olive oil or plant based butter and add to pasta.
  • Sprinkle over baked pasta

Nutritional Information

Number of Servings 24 

Calories 27  – Total Fat 2 grams – Saturated Fat 0 grams – Trans Fat 0 grams – Unsaturated Fat 1 gram – Cholesterol 0 milligrams – Sodium 74 milligrams – Carbohydrates 2 grams – Fiber 1 gram – Sugar 0 grams – Protein 1 gram

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container (I like to use mason jars) for up to 5 days.

I don’t recommend freezing leftovers (if there are any!).

Recipes that Use Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Casserole

Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup

parmesan cheese in a white bowl

Does Vegan Parmesan Cheese Melt?

This “cheese” won’t melt while baking like shredded parmesan cheese. I like to use this “cheese” to sprinkle on top of recipes like pastas and soups.

More Plant Based Recipes

Vegan Queso Cheese

Instant Pot Street Tacos

Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Butternut Squash and Potato Chili

Southwest Quinoa Salad

Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

2 Minute Vegan Parmesan Cheese

close up of parmesan cheese in a white bowl
Vegan Parmesan Cheese is a super easy to make and tastes just like Parmesan Cheese! Using simple ingredients, this recipe will quickly become a staple in your collection!
Ali
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tbsp nutritonal yeast
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • In a food processor, combine the raw cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic and sea salt.
  • Pulse until desired texture, about a minute or two.
  • Enjoy!

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Author

  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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