The recipe for this vegan parmesan requires only 3 ingredients: Brazil nuts, nutritional yeast, and salt. There is no soaking of nuts needed, no preparation whatsoever, just blitz the ingredients in a food processor or a nut grinder, and enjoy! So simple, yet so yummy! In my opinion, it taste pretty similar to real parmesan, and is just as versatile. You can sprinkle the vegan parmesan on your spaghetti, pizza, salads, soups, roasted vegetables, or mix it with risotto.
I like using Brazil nuts because they have only a slight nutty taste; they are also higher in fat than other nuts like cashews or almonds, which is beneficial to this recipe as it mimics real parmesan better. Nevertheless, cashews or almonds are a good substitute for Brazil nuts if you don’t want to use the latter. I would only refrain from using walnuts or hazelnuts, or any other nuts that have a stronger and “nuttier” taste.
If you want to intensify the taste, you can add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the vegan parmesan; I like doing this esp. when using the parmesan as pizza topping. Adding a crushed garlic clove also goes a long way.
Easy Vegan Parmesan Made with Brazil Nuts
- 100 g Brazil nuts
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 scant tsp salt
- In a food processor or a nut grinder, blitz the ingredients until you get a texture that resembles ground parmesan. You can store it in an airtight container for several weeks in the fridge.