Plant Based Recipes

Parmesan “Cheese”

Vegan Parmesan cheese shown in a glass bowl being lifted by a metal spoon

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

This Easy Vegan Parmesan Cheese is SO authentic, I doubt anyone would even know it was dairy free.

Vegan Parmesan cheese shown in a glass bowl

Why Make My Vegan Parmesan Cheese?

It’s super duper easy and comes together in like 1 minute! You can use it to top anything, and it lasts for a long time in the fridge-up to two weeks! But, don’t worry, I doubt it will last that long anyways!

Vegan Parmesan cheese shown in a glass bowl being lifted by a metal spoon

The secret ingredient is the critic acid. It gives the cashews the “zing” associated with a sharp cheese like Parmesan.

Have fun feeding your guests and seeing if anyone notices!

I use my Vitamix to make this, but any blender or food processor will work!

How to Make My Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Would you rather watch? Check out my 2 minute video here:

Vegan Parmesan cheese shown in a glass bowl being lifted by a metal spoon
4.88 from 8 votes

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

This Dairy-Free Parmesan Cheese alternative is allergy friendly and a really easy vegan recipe for beginners! It can be used in any way a traditional Parmesan would be. I would avoid using it to top soups-this will not melt, and You may end up with a bunch of crumbled cashews in the bottom!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, vegan
Keyword Vegan Parmesan Cheese
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 10
Author Megan Kerry


Tools Check:

  • Blender or Food Processor I used my Vitamix

Ingredients Check:

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp. citric acid
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


The nitty-gritty:

  1. Add all of your ingredients to your machine of choice and process until you reach a crumbly texture.

Recipe Notes

A word of caution: if you are using a high powered blender don’t go too crazy here. There have been times I have ended up with Parmesan cheese on the top, cashew butter on the bottom!

Use this cheese to top my Fresh Spaghettini!

Fresh Vegan Spaghettini twirled on a fork, sprinkled with cashew parmesan cheese

Or, Try out the Kale Caesar Salad…it’s so freakin good!

And, don’t forget the ultimate cheesy goodness of a Mac n Cheese!!!

decadent vegan cheese sauce used for vegan mac n cheese

I hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do!

If you give it a shot tag me on instagram @megan_kerry_xo

For more inspiration follow me on Pinterest! I pin vegan recipes from around the world daily!

Don’t forget to check out the Facebook Page too!

And Guys!! I now have a YouTube Channel where I post new 2 minute recipe videos, tips and tricks and content all related to veganism! Check it out here and don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there!

Please rate this recipe and leave me a comment about how YOU’RE going to use this Cashew Parmesan Cheese!!

Thanks Guys!

Megan Kerry Signature

Megan Kerry

Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!

Recommended Articles


  1. […] Traditionally, you should use tagliatelle. I didn’t know it either that the classic Bolognese ragu should be served on tagliatelle until my sister and her husband visited Bologna and learned about it. Anyway, no harm is done if you use spaghetti noodles as we usually do. Before serving, sprinkle them with vegan parmesan and fresh basil. Or much better, you can even make your own. Here is an easy vegan parmesan recipe at Megan’s blog. […]

  2. 5 stars
    I would definitely try this.. I really want to be a vegan for good, kinda hard but still want to strive for it.

    1. Every little bit you do makes a difference! Some people transition really slowly, and that ok! Keeping it simple totally helps!

  3. 5 stars
    This looks so good! My friend is vegan and is always looking for great recipes, and I can’t wait to share with her.

    1. So, I got mine at a regular grocery store and it comes in a regular looking spice shaker type bottle. People use it a lot in preserves and other cooking:) Good luck! And worst case scenario if you can’t find it where you are you can definitely check it out online. Amazon has quite a few options:)

  4. This really looks amazingly delicious and home made cheese of this kind is very great to have. As other’s are saying “We can never go wrong with cheese”.

    1. Cheese and cream are life my friend!! lol! I would be so sad if there were no good alternatives, but this recipe does taste as close to Parmesan as you can get!

  5. Wow, so delicious and easy recipe to make for the kids. I am sure my kids will love it like and will make their favorite.

  6. My kids would absolutely love these. This would disappear in no time at our house! This is my kind of weekend treat.

    1. This is a really easy one to switch out! Especially if its for sprinkling on pasta and other dishes! I hope you love it!!

    1. The more I learn about vegan cooking and all the cool ingredients you can use, the more surprised I am too! Enjoy!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating