5-INGREDIENT VEGAN PARMESAN CHEESE

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Nuts can be “cheese,” too, ya know?

I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

It was about time for my updated, go-to vegan parmesan cheese recipe! Let’s do this.

CHEESY Vegan Parmesan with Brazil Nuts, Hemp Seeds, and Nutritional Yeast! 5 ingredients, keeps for weeks! #vegan #glutenfree #vegancheese #recipe #minimalistbaker

What’s different about this new recipe and my old, go-to recipeIt’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 ingredients5 minutes, and 1 bowl.

CHEESY Vegan Parmesan with Brazil Nuts, Hemp Seeds, and Nutritional Yeast! 5 ingredients, keeps for weeks! #vegan #glutenfree #vegancheese #recipe #minimalistbaker

In place of cashews, I went for a blend of hemp seedspine 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.

CHEESY Vegan Parmesan with Brazil Nuts, Hemp Seeds, and Nutritional Yeast! 5 ingredients, keeps for weeks! #vegan #glutenfree #vegancheese #recipe #minimalistbaker

I hope you all love this cashew-free vegan parmesan! It’s:

Cheesy
Savory
Nutty
Salty
Easy to make
Versatile
& So delicious

This would make the perfect topper for things like Eggplant ParmesanMy Favorite Vegan PizzaRoasted 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!

CHEESY Vegan Parmesan with Brazil Nuts, Hemp Seeds, and Nutritional Yeast! 5 ingredients, keeps for weeks! #vegan #glutenfree #vegancheese #recipe #minimalistbaker

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5-INGREDIENT VEGAN PARMESAN CHEESE
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Easy, 1-Bowl, 5-ingredient vegan parmesan cheese made with a blend of nuts, seeds, salt, and nutritional yeast! The perfect topper for Italian dishes!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Topping / Side
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup (100 g) brazil nuts
  • 2 Tbsp (16 g) pine nuts
  • 1 Tbsp (10 g) hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup (12 g) nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • optional: 1/4 tsp garlic powder or 1 Tbsp (15 ml) garlic-infused olive oil
Instructions
  1. 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.”
  2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for “cheesiness” or salt for saltiness. Garlic powder adds more depth.
  3. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 2-3 weeks (sometimes longer). Perfect for toppings things like pizzapastalasagnavegan meatballs, and more!
Notes
*Recipe adapted from my post: How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 16 (one Tablespoon) servings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Tbsp (of 16 total servings) Calories: 55 Fat: 5.3 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 1.3 gSugar: 0.2 g Sodium: 90 mg Fiber: 0.7 g Protein: 1.6 g
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