Vegan Parmesan Cheese with Hemp Seeds
Published Nov 02, 2016, Updated Apr 04, 2022
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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.
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.
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!!
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.
Vegan Parmesan Cheese
- 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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!