Sprinkle vegan parmesan on salads, pasta, popcorn, or anything else that could use a little flavor boost! It’s made with just 4 ingredients and comes together in a matter of seconds. Who knew that non-dairy cheese could be so easy? This simple recipe is vegan, lactose free, dairy free, and gluten-free.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I like to make vegan “parmesan” using nutritional yeast and almonds. It has a nice flavor and it tastes great on pasta and salads. Sure there are a few vegan parmesans available on the market now, but it’s so easy to make your own that it seems silly to buy it. Plus, homemade versions are always much healthier.
One day I was making a Caesar Salad for lunch, and I went to the pantry to get almonds so that I could whip up a batch of parmesan, but there were none to be found. I dug through the freezer, because surely there must be a bag of almond meal somewhere at the back. But sadly, there wasn’t. Back in the pantry, the only nuts I could find were walnuts. I decided to give it a go. How bad could walnut parmesan be?
Vegan Walnut Parmesan
It turns out that walnut parmesan is amazing! I’ve found that I now prefer it over the almond parmesan. Around the same time that I made this amazing discovery, I was sent some vegan cheeses from The Sanctuary at Soledad to try. Their parmesan, which is pine nut based, has a little extra bit of tang to it. It turns out that it comes from mustard powder, so I decided to add a pinch to mine as well. Parmesan perfection!
How to Make Vegan Parmesan
It couldn’t be easier to make this dairy-free cheese. You just throw all of the ingredients into a spice grinder, a small food processor, or the dry blade of a high-speed blender and mix! Be careful not to over-process it, as it will turn into a cheesy nut butter. (Which might not be too terrible!)
If you’re allergic to walnuts, you can substitute just about any other kind of nut or seed. I love to make parmesan with hemp seeds or almonds.
Store your vegan parmesan in your refrigerator. It will last for a few weeks. You can always find a jar of it in my fridge. I love to sprinkle – okay, douse – it on my pasta and on Caesar salads. It’s delicious on popcorn, too! What’s your favorite food to sprinkle parmesan on?
Vegan Parmesan with Walnuts
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard seed
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a spice grinder, a small food processor, or the dry blade of a high-speed blender. Do not over-mix or you'll end up with cheesy walnut butter! It only takes about 10 seconds to grind everything together in my Blendtec high-speed blender.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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