Think cheese will be a thing of the past if you switch to a plant-based diet? That’s not true at all! With just a few simple ingredients you can make all kinds of healthy, dairy-free cheeses at home entirely from plant-based products.
This dairy-free easy vegan parmesan is a great place to start. All you need are 4 ingredients, 2 minutes of your time and 1 kitchen appliance to make a delicious plant-based parmesan. Even if you’re a total kitchen newbie, you can still make an incredible vegan cheese with your own 2 hands.
Quick and easy
Making your own vegan parmesan cheese from scratch might sound like a lot of work, but it really isn’t. Simply pop all the ingredients into your food processor and blend until a fine powder forms. That’s it! Make sure you stop blending when you reach the powder stage, otherwise you’ll over-work the vegan parmesan and the texture won’t be right.
In fact, this dairy-free cheese recipe is so easy to follow that it’s perfect for little hands to get involved with. If you’ve got any aspiring child chefs in your house, they can help you measure out the ingredients and watch as you blend them all together to create healthy cheesy goodness. After they’ve seen how quick and easy it is to make their own vegan parmesan, they’ll want to make all kinds of dairy-free cheese.
Despite being so fast and simple, this dairy-free parmesan cheese is beyond delicious. The flavor profile is so similar to regular parmesan that you won’t even miss dairy cheese. You can use it in the exact same ways you’d use regular parmesan cheese for an instant hit of umami deliciousness.
What is vegan parmesan cheese made out of?
Most vegan cheeses, including vegan parmesan, are based on nuts. The raw cashews in this dairy-free parmesan create the ideal grated cheese texture. That’s so similar to real parmesan, you’ll struggle to tell the difference.
Nutritional yeast is the special ingredient that gives the vegan cheese its classic cheesy flavor. Unlike regular yeast used for baking, nutritional yeast has been cultured. And contains a complete protein, as well as several vitamins and minerals. It’s the culturing process that creates the addictive cheesy flavor. If you don’t already have nutritional yeast, you can find it in most health food stores or you can buy it online.
The garlic powder and the salt in the recipe are used to further enhance the flavor. And give the final result a more parmesan-like taste.
How to use this dairy-free easy vegan parmesan
As soon as you try a tiny bit of this dairy-free parmesan, you’ll want to sprinkle it over absolutely everything! It’s a fantastic way to add a rich, cheesy flavor to hot pasta, wholesome soups, fresh salads and roasted veggies. You can even add it to breadcrumbs for a deeper flavor. That’s exactly what I did with these air fryer parmesan shrimp and the result was amazing!
Dairy-Free Easy Vegan Parmesan
- 3/4 cup cashews raw
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Process for 1-2 minutes until a fine powder forms.
- Transfer to a jar or container, cover and store in the refrigerator or at the room temperature.