Vegan Parmesan Cheese – A Plant Based Alternative with Real Ingredients

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Today I’m sharing a pantry staple I use on the regular. It has replaced traditional parmesan cheese for me, and I don’t even mind. This vegan parmesan cheese recipe is super simple and quick to make, and it can be used on many savory dishes.

I love dairy, but my body doesn’t. I also love good food and won’t settle for a dairy alternative unless it is outstanding. I’ve got standards! So trust me when I say this cheese sprinkle’s got it all: texture, flavor and real ingredients.

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Vegan Parmesan Cheese Recipe

This recipe is so easy! Plus, you can make it once and use it over and over again, unless you’re like me and find you put it on everything. All you need is a food processor or blender with a pulse function.

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. The mixture should look like breadcrumbs.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate up to several weeks.

Why do I love this recipe so much? I know exactly what’s in it, there’s no need for weird preservatives or dyes, and it’s got a seriously cheesy flavor and parmesan sprinkle texture. My body doesn’t handle dairy well, yet I don’t like using alternatives with average taste.

If you like parmesan cheese sprinkle, then I bet you’ll quickly fall in love with this vegan version.

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Sprinkle Cheese Ingredient Swaps

My basic vegan parmesan recipe is easily customizable. Swap out the almonds and cashews for the nuts or seeds of your choice (know the flavor changes depending on what you use). Roasted, unsalted nuts can also be swapped in.

If you’re looking for a certain flavor, feel free to add the spices of your choosing. Onion powder, chili powder or smoked paprika are all great additions.

Vegan Parmesan FAQs

What’s in vegan parmesan cheese?

My recipes combines almonds, cashews, nutritional yeast, sea salt and garlic powder. Just toss in a food processor, pulse until it looks like bread crumbs, then top all the foods!

Is parmesan cheese vegan?

Parmesan cheese is vegetarian, yet not vegan. It does not contain meat; However, parmesan is a dairy product and therefore a by-product of meat. My vegan parmesan cheese honestly gives you the cheesy flavor you’re looking for and none of the dairy. It’s a win-win!

What is a non-dairy substitute for parmesan cheese?

This vegan parmesan cheese recipe is perfect for those looking for that cheesy flavor yet can’t do real sprinkle parmesan. It even has the texture of parmesan but without any weird additives, dyes or preservatives.

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How to Use Vegan Cheese Sprinkle

Honestly, use this vegan version wherever you use regular parmesan cheese sprinkle. Here are a few inspo recipes for you to try:

Stuffed portobello mushrooms

Roasted spaghetti squash

Classic pizza

Healthy breakfast bowl

Roasted vegetables


How do you like to use cheese sprinkle? Drop a comment and let me know!

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Vegan Parmesan Cheese

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Your favorite cheese sprinkle without the dairy! This delicious mix works great on pizza, pasta, veggies and more. I seriously love it. Easy to whip up and store, vegan parmesan cheese will become your go-to meal topper in no time.

Total Time5 minutes



  • ½ c raw almonds
  • ½ c raw cashews
  • ¼ c nutritional yeast
  • ½ test sea ​​salt
  • ¼ test garlic powder


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. The mixture should look like breadcrumbs.

  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place, or refrigerate up to several weeks.


  • Add spices to taste
  • Roasted unsalted almonds and cashews can be used instead of raw
  • This can also be made in a blender using the pulse feature
  • Feel free to swap the almonds and cashews with the nuts/seeds of your choice, just know the flavor will change slightly

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 51kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 4g (6%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monnounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 73mg (3%) Potassium: 72mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 13mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

More Plant Based Dairy Recipes

Since my body doesn’t do well with dairy, I’m always looking for good substitutions. I love the way cheese tastes, yet I don’t love the way my stomach feels after eating it. Here are a few alternatives I’ve made that work so well yet leave the dairy at the door:

Let me know how this vegan parmesan cheese recipe turns out for you. I can’t wait for you to try it!


20 Vegan Appetizers for Game Day

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If you’re planning a party, I’ve got the best game day snacks, holiday appetizers and handy foods for your big event. These 20 vegetarian appetizers are sure to satisfy a crowd as well as cater to a variety of dietary needs your guests may have. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and vegan party food is no different!

I’ve divided my recipes into sweet and savory types, depending on what you need. Be prepared to share these recipes with your guests; Hmm that’s good!

vegan party food

Sharing good food with good friends is my passion. There’s nothing quite like making a recipe that I make I know Others will enjoy. So rest assured that the vegetarian appetizers below are part of the Thanksgiving spread, New Year’s snacks, Easter brunches, and Game Day snacks.

The term vegan applies to people who do not eat or make food that comes from animals. Some vegans don’t buy or use animal products either. If you make vegan food, the most common foods to avoid are eggs, honey, and dairy products. I have tons of delicious vegan alternatives like flax eggs, vegan sour cream, dairy-free Parmesan, alternative sweeteners, and more on the blog.

I am not a vegetarian – I follow a vegan diet. Which I found the most liberating way to eat and my passion.

Delicious snack game a day

I have a variety of vegetarian appetizers to help you wow your party guests. Hot dishes, cold dishes – you name it, you’ve got it!

Crispy Tofu Nuggets

These vegan tofu chunks are packed with protein and an amazing crunch. Secret Sauce shreds pressed tofu to have jagged edges that help create crispier nooks and crannies so your favorite dipping sauce will cling. Try using an air fryer for an equally delicious nugget!

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Tofu Nuggets recipe
Homemade hummus

With this recipe on hand, you’ll never need store-bought hummus again! Besides the iron-rich chickpeas, we’ve included plenty of fresh, lively herbs to add even more vitamins and minerals to this herbal hummus.

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Homemade hummus
Avocado Caprese Salad

It is very difficult to put a fresh fresh tomato in the garden and still warm from the sun, but this is very close. Creamy avocado stands up to the cheese in this Avocado Caprese Salad. We don’t think you will miss it.

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Avocado Caprese Salad
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

This stuffed portobello mushroom recipe is easy enough for a delicious weekend dinner and unique enough for your next dinner party. Mediterranean-inspired flavors are featured in these beautiful mushroom caps.

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Stuffed vegetarian portobello mushroom
Buffalo cauliflower wings

I’ve never been a fan of chicken wings – but I love the spicy and spicy flavour! I was so excited when this vegan recipe got to work. Welcome to the world of buffalo cauliflower wings!

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Recipe for vegan buffalo cauliflower wings
Tamari Almonds

Tamari, the deeper-flavored cousin of soy sauce, goes great with roasted almonds. Each handful will satisfy the craving for a crunchy, salty snack. One batch of almond tamari is enough for the whole week, but feel free to make several batches to keep on hand for an easy and nutritious snack.

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Healthy snack for kids
Fresh vegetable potato salad

Put aside the traditional potato salad! A new version is in town and it’s delightful. Try this vegan potato salad at your next gathering and be ready to share the recipe!

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Thai lettuce rolls

When I became a vegetarian at 16, one of the meals I missed the most was chicken lettuce wraps from my favorite Chinese restaurant. This Thai lettuce wrap recipe is inspired by those, but this dish adds plenty of nutrition and flavor to make me a happy vegetarian.

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Vegetarian Noodle Salad

This refreshing pasta salad is a great light lunch or delicious side for dinner. Take her to the beach and bask in the sunset for the ultimate summer night.

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cold pasta salad

Sweet snacks game day

If you’re looking for a vegan appetizer of the sweet variety, I’ve got you covered! Check out these delicious recipes:

Sweet fried plantain

My move to Florida introduced me to a beautiful food culture in Latin America. I instantly fell in love with the aromas and flavors of Latin cuisine especially with sweet fried bananas. It’s easy to prepare and super fun as a fun side dish or a light dessert. Feel free to dress it up however you like and enjoy my Latin inspired version.

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healthy zucchini bread

A fun bread the whole family can enjoy (and help make!). I love that this bread has a full cup of veggies, and that it’s vegan…even though you can’t even tell!

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Healthy zucchini bread ready to eat
Chocolate covered banana slices

Grab a friend and drink these delicious snacks. Chocolate covered banana chunks are very easy to make, and so much fun!

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Light vegetarian recipe
Rice Krispy Treats Recipe

This Rice Krispy recipe uses whole plant foods from brown rice to almond butter. Not only will you find more protein and fiber, but the flavor will amaze you as well.

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Crispy rice recipe for a healthy snack for kids
Healthy Caramel Apple Sauce

I hope you’re sitting down because this healthy caramel dip will blow your mind! This sauce is made with all-natural, vegan ingredients and is free from added sugar (no corn syrup!). Use it as a dip, dip, sauce, stuffing, or just eat it with the spoon.

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Fat lemon bombs

Fatty lemon bombs, or melting pots, make a quick afternoon snack. I must warn you – you really have to love lemon to enjoy these tart desserts.

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vegan chocolate chip cookies

These are simply the best vegan chocolate brownies around! We’ve given them another upgrade by adding toasted coconut (you can buy it or make it) and toasted almonds for extra flavor and crunch. Use your favorite dark chocolate chips and bake a batch or two. They make great gifts and store well in the freezer when cravings hit them.

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vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe
pumpkin chia pudding

Celebrate fall with this quick, protein-packed snack. Pumpkin Chia Pudding tastes great and the perfect amount of sweetness. Treat it as a dessert, a snack, or a light breakfast.

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Peanut Butter Fudge – 4 Dessert Ingredients!

You’ll definitely want to include this vegan peanut butter dessert on your holiday menu this year. This decadent recipe is easy to prepare and provides a beautifully rich treat. Plus it’s only 6 ingredients!

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peanut butter fudge
Gluten Free Fudge Brownies

The thick, luscious brownies that just happen to be vegan and gluten-free. (No one will ever be able to tell!) Filled with delicious chocolate flavor and great texture, this Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownie recipe truly hit the spot.

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Gluten-free brownies recipe
Tender ginger biscuits with chocolate chips

These tender gingerbread cookies are naturally gluten-free. The warm ginger flavor shines through thanks to both dried ground ginger and freshly grated ginger. The second best part might just be the pockets of dark chocolate in every bite. This will definitely become a favourite!

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Gluten Free Vegan Ginger Biscuits with Chocolate Chips | #vegan #glutenfree #cookies

Anyone hungry yet? I’m a defender looking forward to the next time I can crack a few of these gems. Whether you need savory or sweet, warm or cold, I have vegan food suitable for any scenario.

vegetarian Appetizer game questions and answers

What snacks do vegetarians eat?

all types! Salad isn’t the only solution when making an animal-free dish. Buffalo cauliflower and chickpeas with vegetables, crackers, cake, and more can easily satisfy a variety of eaters.

What is the most popular food for vegetarians?

Feel free to make a vegetarian dish. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, pasta, tofu, etc. can easily decorate your table.

How do you meet the needs of a vegetarian guest?

“Vegan” food doesn’t have to be exotic, tricky, or difficult to prepare! Check out this blog for vegan appetizers that thousands of foodies have approved.

If you need more vegetarian appetizer inspiration, follow along Stephanie what , Jenny From SweetPotatoSoul, Megan From Detoxinista and Yasmin From SweetSimpleVegan for incredibly delicious vegan recipes.