Easy Cheesy Vegan Parmesan

You don’t have to miss cheese anymore with this incredibly flavorful homemade vegan parmesan! You can make this today in just 5 minutes and add to your favorite dishes as you see fit.

Homemade vegan parmesan cheese in a glass spice jar.

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The thing that people most miss on a plant-based diet is cheese. And with good reason – it’s delicious and adds a tasty element to dishes. But it’s also very hard to find a decent store-bought vegan cheese. I’ve tried them all and am only impressed with a tiny fraction.

I really like GO VEGGIE’s parmesan cheese…except for the price tag that comes along with it. The good news is that you can make vegan parmesan at home, that tastes better than any store bought parm.

I’ve tried a few recipes by other fantastic food bloggers, like Minimalist Baker’s and Vegan Richa’s. And they were really good, but I felt like something was missing.

Then one day (gosh this is starting to sound like a plot line for a movie), I was munching on Earth Balance’s vegan white cheddar popcorn and noticed they use a combo of garlic and onion to achieve that cheesiness.

So the next time I made parmesan, I added a little onion powder and –ding ding- we had a winner!

Ingredients for vegan parm. Cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. All displayed on spoons and bowls.

How to Make

The ingredients you’ll need: cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. I find my nutritional yeast at Whole Foods, but Trader Joe’s just started carrying some, too. You can also find it on Amazon for a good price.

Ingredients coming together to make vegan cheese after they have been mixed in a food processor/coffee grinder.

The process for this recipe is insanely simple. You’ll just need a food processor or a spice/coffee grinder. Since I don’t have a food processor (the one kitchen gadget I don’t have yet, I know, kind of shocking), I use my coffee grinder and it works great.

I use this vegan parm on spaghetti, vegan meatball subs, eggplant parm, popcorn…so many possibilities. My personal favorite way to use it is on pizza. I don’t even miss shredded cheese in the slightest because the parmesan is that flavorful.

 Alternative Method:

For an even faster way to make vegan parmesan, you can use almond flour:

Homemade Vegan Parmesan

Easy Cheesy Vegan Parmesan

Karissa Besaw
You don’t have to miss cheese anymore with this incredibly flavorful vegan parmesan! Enjoy it on spaghetti, popcorn, pizza, and more!
4.19 from 22 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes



  • Using a food processor or spice/coffee grinder, blend all ingredients together into a powder.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.


This recipe was inspired by and adapted from many other vegan parmesan cheese recipes. Long live the person who discovered the cashew + nutritional yeast combination!
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