Make your own Vegan Parmesan Cheese at home with just 5 simple ingredients. It's a salty and savory cheese to sprinkle on all your favorite recipes. Made in just 5 minutes!
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You will find several recipes on My Darling Vegan that call for vegan parmesan cheese, such as my Kale Caesar Salad, Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta, and Cream of Asparagus Soup. I'm also getting ready to share a couple more Parmesan-heavy recipes in the upcoming weeks.
Spoiler alert: keep your eyes out for a vegan Eggplant Parmesan that I think you will love!
To keep things simple, I've usually suggested grabbing some store-bought parmesan. But over the years I've come to realize that not only is store bought parmesan difficult to find (unless you live in a vegan-friendly city), it's also incredibly simple to make at home. Beyond being simple, you have more control over how homemade parmesan tastes and, all-in-all, it's cheaper to make.
So finally, after almost 6 years of blogging, I have for you homemade vegan parmesan cheese.
Recommended Ingredients & Equipment
Making homemade parmesan cheese is super simple to make! You only need a handful of ingredients and one single kitchen appliance - a food processor!
Ingredients & Substitutions
You don’t need much to make impressive nut-based cheeses at home. However, you will need a food processor. Having a high-quality food processor is very beneficial for plant-based eating and especially when it comes to nut-based cheeses. (<<affiliate links)
Check out the full list of my recommended kitchen tools and gadgets.
What is Nutritional Yeast?
It’s only yeast in that it comes from the same fungi family; it does not taste, look, or work like baker’s or brewer’s yeast. Rather, it is bold in color and flavor. It comes in yellow flakes (see picture above) and has a DELICIOUS nutty cheesy taste. But that’s not all. It is also highly nutritious as it is full of B-vitamins, including the hard-to-get B12 vitamin.
Nutritional yeast is commonly added to foods to give it that nutty cheesy flavor such as popcorn, tofu pasta, cheese sauces, and nut-based cheeses. You can often find nutritional yeast in the bulk section of well-stocked grocery stores or you can pick some up online. (<<affiliate link)
How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese
Step One - Combine the Ingredients
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until the cashews and hemp seeds are fully incorporated and broken down to resemble parmesan cheese, about 1 minute.
Step Two - Serve or Store
Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container.
Serving and Storing
Serving - Sprinkle this parmesan on your favorite dishes for a flavor-enhancing, health-boosting additive. Add it to:
Storing - This recipe makes about 1 heaping cup of cheese. Store leftover cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
More Vegan Cheese Recipes
Vegan Parmesan Cheese
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until the cashews and hemp seeds are fully incorporated and broken down to resemble parmesan cheese, about 1 minute.
- Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.