Plant-Based Parmesan

Plant Based Parmesan


This nut-based parmesan cheese is made with ground cashews, almonds, pine nuts, garlic and onion powder as well as nutritional yeast. Add this delicious plant-based cheese to pasta, pizza, gratins, salads or even popcorn.
  • Serves: 1 cup
  • Active Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
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Step 1: Blending the Ingredients

• 3/4 cup raw cashews, almonds and/or pine nuts*
• 1 tsp onion granules*
• 1 tsp garlic granules*
• 1/2 tsp sea salt*
• 3 tbsp nutritional yeast


Cashews, almonds and/or pine nuts can be used to in this recipe, a mixture of all 3 nuts is also delicious.

In food processor, grind/pulse the nuts into a fine meal. Note: Do not over pulse the nuts, or they will become very greasy and turn into more of a nut butter.

Next, add the remaining ingredients and pulse once or twice to combine.

*Note: The amount of onion and garlic powder, as well as the amount of salt can be adjusted according to your tastes. This particular mix is quite heavy on all 3, but since only a small amount is typically used at any given time, we think it’s a good mix.

This mixture will last for several weeks in the refrigerator.


  • Faith B
    Faith B
    This plant-based parmesan is delicious! The amount of spices is just right. Thank you!
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi Faith! I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying this course and learning with Rouxbe! Thank you for your comments regarding plant-based parmesan; a great non-dairy substitute which provides some healthy fats and a bit of protein. Enjoy with pasta, salads, soups and more! Thank you again Faith! Chef Kirk
  • Melody M
    Melody M
    I have also used sprouted watermelon seeds (Go Raw brand) with nutritional yeast and salt and it's very close to the real thing.
  • Alexia P
    Alexia P
    For recipes where this is replacing cow based parmesan, is the vegan parmesan added at the same time ?
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi Alexia - great question. So in my experience, I've been able to add the plant-based parmesan at the exact time point in the recipe where I would normally add animal-based part. That said, the kids love having a bowl of the plant-based parm on the table so that they add or eat at their leisure! It's a family favorite for sure! Thanks for engaging with Rouxbe! Chef Kirk

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