Easy, Dairy Free & Vegan Parmesan Cheese

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This Easy Vegan Parmesan Cheese is salty, cheesy, and so delicious you’ll want to sprinkle it on everything you make!

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dairy free and vegan Parmesan cheese

I’ve been using this Easy Vegan Parmesan Cheese recipe for years now! It only takes seconds to mix together and goes perfectly with just about EVERYTHING.

Most vegan Parmesan recipes I’ve seen use raw cashews as a base, but I’m much too lazy to get out my food processor and grind raw cashews! Besides, I think almond flour makes the perfect base in both taste and texture.

To make the cheese I put some almond flour in a bowl, then I add nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and onion powder to give it a “cheesy” flavor. I add sea salt to make it salty, and sometimes I also add sesame seeds to give it a cultured-type taste. And that’s it! Perfect, easy vegan Parmesan cheese with only 6 basic ingredients and a bowl 😃


vegan parmesan cheese helpful hints:

  • You can make your own blanched almond flour for this recipe by grinding slivered almonds in a food processor until it becomes a finely ground flour. I don’t recommend using a blender.
  • If you prefer, you can grind the sesame seeds in a coffee grinder before adding to the recipe. Just remember that the recipe calls for 2 T before grinding.
  • You can double or triple the batch if you’d like!

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Easy, Dairy Free & Vegan Parmesan Cheese {Paleo}

This Easy Vegan Parmesan Cheese is salty, cheesy, and so delicious you'll want to sprinkle it on everything you make! 
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Course: Condiment, dairy free, paleo, Vegan, whole30
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free parm recipe, dairy free parmesan cheese, easy dairy free parmesan cheese, easy vegan parmesan cheese, vegan parm recipe, vegan parmesan cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Cassidy

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  • 1/2 Cup Blanched Almond Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds optional but gives it a cultured type taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast more to taste (gives it a cheesy taste, found on the spice aisle of your local health food store)
  • 1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Onion Powder


  • Thoroughly combine all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition Facts
Easy, Dairy Free & Vegan Parmesan Cheese {Paleo}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Potassium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.


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Posted December 13, 2018 by Cassidy in Egg Free, Keto, Milk & Cheese Substitutes, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 / 16 Comments


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16 responses to “Easy, Dairy Free & Vegan Parmesan Cheese

    • Hi Gina,

      I’m really not sure. The only sub I can think of is finely ground raw cashews. Maybe finely ground sunflower seeds or sunflower seed flour would work – but I’m not sure if it would have an aftertaste or not??? If you try it please come back and let me know how you liked it!!!! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!


  1. Carol

    Sounds like a terrific recipe. I want to sub Tahini for the actual sesame seeds…any idea on the amount? I can’t eat seeds which haven’t been totally pulverized.

    • Hi Carol! I’ve never tried it with Tahini so I’m not sure how exactly it would turn out or the amount. If you try it let me know how it goes! I have made it without the sesame seeds, though, and it’s still good 🙂


  2. Elisheba

    Thank you for this website! I just found your site today and am very excited. In reading your postings I was glad to hear that you were going to take the plunge and go completely grain free! Awesome! I’m totally siked about your “cornbread” muffins. I was just as siked about your Parmesan cheese except for the use of nutritional yeast. In my studies on foods that contain MSG(which is practically all pre-package foods) nutritional yeast IS nothing but MSG. So very unhealthy. Unfortunately I have not been able to find any substitute for this cheesy flavored “yeast”. Again thank you for this wonderful site.


  3. Anonymous-
    I just don’t know if brown rice would taste good or not. Almond flour has a very earthy, nutty flavor. I don’t know how the brown rice would compare?? But if you try it, be sure to let me know how it turns out!

  4. Hi Jennifer-

    So sorry to hear about your food allergies 🙁 Maybe now that you know you will start feeling better.

    I would just leave the sesame seeds out and not try to replace them. It will very slightly alter the flavor but will still be good. Hope you like it!


  5. Jennifer Peterson

    What would you suggest as a sesame seed substitute. I have a bunch of different food allergy’s with dairy as my main one but this recipe calls for sesame and I am allergic to that as well. I allergic to the seed family, the pepper family,dairy, sesame, rice, pork, tuna, nutmeg, and sunflower. I just found out after years of seeing doctors for my stomach blowing up to where I looked 6-7 months pregnant and I have never been pregnant. They never knew what was wrong with me until I asked to see an allergy specialist and it’s been 10 months now since I found out. It’s was a pretty easy transition to get rid of the food but pretty hard to go out and eat so I have to cook. Thank you for your website : ) sorry to go on and on but it’s been a long road and I am looking forward to enjoying more home cooked meals that taste good

  6. Yes, I think this tastes a lot like parmesam! Since I am not 100% dairy free I had the luxury of being able to taste actual parmesan cheese while working on this recipe. It obviously doesn’t taste exactly the same but is very close!

    May 18, 2011 10:57 PM

  7. Betsy

    So this tastes a bit like parmesan?? I just found your site and am also gluten and dairy (and soy) free as well. I can’t wait to give this a try.

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