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This easy 5 ingredient plant-based parmesan cheese sprinkles like parmesan, tastes like parmesan and makes any dish you add it to taste better.

Plant-Based Parmesan Cheese

A delicious vegan-friendly Parmesan "cheese" substitute that's made with just 5 plant-based ingredients. It sprinkles like Parmesan, is loaded with umami, and has a slightly tannic acidity that mimics a well-aged cheese.
Course Condiments & Pickles
Cuisine Italian
Keyword plant based, plant based cheese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Nuts
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 48 kcal


  • 5 grams dried shiitake mushrooms (1-2 small mushroom)
  • 16 grams nutritional yeast (~1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 50 grams raw cashew nuts (~1/3 cup)
  • 35 grams walnuts (~1/3 cup)


  1. Remove the tough parts of the stems from the dried shiitake and crumble it into a spice grinder, food processor, or blender along with the nutritional yeast and salt. Pulse until it has turned into a powder. Transfer to a bowl.
    Breaking dried shiitake mushrooms into a spice grinder.
  2. Add the walnuts to the spice grinder and pulse until it's roughly crumbled. Transfer this to a bowl with the nutritional yeast.
    Walnuts in spice grinder.
  3. Add the cashew nuts to the spice grinder and pulse until roughly crumbled and transfer to the bowl.
    Cashew nuts ground into crumbs to make vegan cheese.
  4. Stir the mixture together until it is uniform and the texture of damp sand.
    Mixing vegan parmesan cheese in a glass bowl.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until use.
Nutrition Facts
Plant-Based Parmesan Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 98mg4%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.