Parmesan Cheese Alternative

vegan parmesan


Since going vegan I sometimes miss having a bit of parm cheese to shake on pastas or pizza. I’ve been playing around with a few ingredients and I think I’ve come up with a nice alternative.

This weekend, I made some of my new vegan “parmesan”.  I had Matt try it, and while I figured he’d like it, he actually started throwing it on everything.  I separated the parm into 2 small jars and hid one in the back of the fridge so that Matt didn’t eat all of it before I got back home.  I know it sounds bad to hide things from my husband but if you knew him, you’d hide some things too (otherwise you’d have nothing to eat). Well, I guess I didn’t hide the second jar well enough because there’s only about a tablespoon left from both jars.


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I’d like to note that my vegan parmesan doesn’t taste *exactly* like it’s dairy counterpart but it does have a cheesy flavor which adds a nice touch to pastas, pizza, sandwiches –  basically any way you’d use the dairy version – or if you’re like Matt, much more.


vegan parmesan

I’d recommend this vegan parmesan to anyone who is plant-based (obvs) but also those that have issues with dairy like lactose or casein intolerances.  The difference between these is lactose is a sugar and casein is a protein in milk. People can have problems with either (as I’ve been learning from my classes).

This non-dairy parm contains vitamin B12 from the nutritional yeast as well as provides good doses of protein and magnesium from the almonds and cashews.

vegan parmesan


Yields about 1 cup

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  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup of raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  1. Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor until it becomes a parm like consistency.
Recipe Type: condiment

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28 thoughts on “Parmesan Cheese Alternative

    1. I hear you Deborah! I was cheese obsessed all my life. It took me a while to get there but eventually I have either found or created tasty enough alternatives that I don’t miss diary cheese anymore.

    1. Let me know what you think Annmarie! It doesn’t taste exactly like dairy parm but my husband and I are obsessed so it tastes good even if it’s not exactly the same lol.

  1. Yum! What a good substitute! I have to admit, cheese is one of my great loves and is also why I am not vegan. I know I eat too much of it though, and appreciate a good sub every once in awhile!

    1. I hear you Julie – that was the most difficult part of going vegan for me too. I actually had a cheese drawer to hoard all my cheese (I was really cheese obsessed). Let me know if you get a chance to try this sub. 🙂

  2. Oh genius! I have only used hemp seeds, garlic, and nutritional yeast as a topping. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for linking up!

  3. I can totally relate to having to hide things from the husbands! I love nutritional yeast and use it any time I want a cheesy flavor without the “cheese”!

  4. Hahaha I have to hide food from my husband too…and the kids 😐 but it makes me happy that you’re husband enjoyed Veganuary and your vegan parmesan so much! This parmesan looks delicious, I’ll have to try it the next time we have a pasta dish 🙂

  5. Yum! This is what every vegan kitchen needs to kick things up a notch! Thank you for sharing your easy to make Vegan Parmesan recipe with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I’m Pinning and sharing!

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