Vegan Parmesan Cheese with Hemp Seeds


Make your own vegan parmesan cheese with hemp seeds and nutritional yeast. It’s the perfect dairy-free topping for pizza, pasta, veggies, salads, popcorn and more. 

Heyo! We’re on our way home from Portland, ME this morning, but I wanted to pop in with a quick recipe I’ve been absolutely loving lately. It’s a homemade parmesan cheese made with just four ingredients — hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic and salt. It’s cheesy, salty and tastes remarkably similar to grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Vegan Hemp Parmesan.

Maria and I came up with this recipe on a whim one day while making this lemony rice salad. We wanted to make some sort of cheesy topping for the salad so we used this recipe from Minimalist Baker as a guide and came up with a nut-free vegan parmesan cheese with hemp seeds as the base.

We ultimately decided to keep things simple and use plain hemp seeds as a topping for the salad, but I’m so glad we experimented because the vegan parmesan is so good! Even Isaac, who is a diary-loving cheese man likes this vegan parm. He was skeptical at first, but now he’s a convert.

Shredded squash topped with vegan hemp parmesan and fresh basil.

We’ve been sprinkling this little mixture on just about everything — pasta, spaghetti squash, steamed veggies, salads, popcorn and more. The options are pretty much endless — almost everything tastes better topped with this cheesy, salty vegan parm. And added bonus, each tablespoon has 6 grams of protein!!

Vegan hemp parmesan in an orange bowl.

This recipe is super simple. Just pulse everything in your food processor or blender for less than a minute to combine or simply stir everything together in a small bowl. Each batch makes over a cup (and a little goes a long way) so just store the mixture in your fridge and use it over a few weeks.

Shredded squash topped with vegan hemp parmesan and fresh basil.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

4 from 10 votes
Make your own vegan parmesan cheese with hemp seeds. It’s the perfect cheesy topping for pizza, pasta, veggies, salads, popcorn and more.
Shredded squash topped with vegan hemp parmesan and fresh basil.
Servings 20


  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse a couple times until everything is combined. If you don’t have a processor or blender, simply place all ingredients bowl and stir to combine.
  • Place mixture in a sealed container and store in the fridge.



Serving: 1Tablespoon Calories: 90kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 6g Fat: 5g Fiber: 1g


Please leave a comment and star rating on this post and share on social media using the hashtag #eatingbirdfood. I love seeing your recipe shares!

One quick note, you definitely need nutritional yeast for this recipe. It’s what gives the vegan parmesan that cheesy, nutty flavor you want! If you can’t find it at your local grocery store, you can grab it on Amazon. It’s worth it!

PS – I just realized I’m giving you all two hemp recipes this week, but I’m totally okay with it because hemp seeds are where it’s at. Plus, I have a recipe coming soon that uses this vegan parmesan cheese so it had to be shared ASAP. Get excited because the upcoming recipe is a good one!

Make your own vegan parmesan cheese with hemp seeds. It’s the perfect cheesy topping for pizza, pasta, veggies, salads, popcorn and more.
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    1. Laurie Lebert
      September 21, 2021 AT 4:08 pm

      5 stars
      I’m new to Vegan cheese. I tried a Mac and cheese sauce and I won’t attempt that again, however this cheese is a really good comparison to dairy Parmesan.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 22, 2021 AT 12:35 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Laurie! Thanks for the review :).

    2. AngelaKin
      July 26, 2021 AT 3:39 am

      5 stars
      Looks so Delicious.. Will try it for sure!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 12:05 pm

        Let me know how it turns out 🙂

    3. Pongodhall
      July 28, 2018 AT 7:42 am

      5 stars
      Delicious. I’m mad about hemp and NOOCH so this looked a winner to me.

    4. Leah
      February 8, 2018 AT 1:51 am

      There’s clearly a green herb in the pictures, but not in the recipe. What is it?
      Basil or oregano would probably be good.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 8, 2018 AT 9:28 am

        Hi Leah! The herb is basil. It’s not actually included in the recipe for the hemp parmesan, but I agree that adding some herbs to the mix would make for a nice addition. Let me know if you try the recipe.

    5. Melanie
      January 19, 2017 AT 5:07 pm

      4 stars
      I just made this! Thanks for the recipe! I was tired of using up so many cashews just to grind them down so this is a nice alternative. Also, the texture of the hemp seeds is so pleasant so I wanted to retain that in this cheese. I just shook all of the ingredients together in a jar and I’m done! Really delicious! I’d like to see more hemp recipes ☺

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