Cashew Parmesan (Vegan, Paleo)


Certain meals simply demand a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, if you ask me.

cashew parmesan on top of noodles

Spaghetti, for example, is not nearly as tasty without a Parmesan topping! While I used to love the traditional dairy version, I’ve been limiting my dairy consumption while breast feeding, so I’m excited to have found a suitable alternative to use in the meantime.

This dairy-free “Parmesan” has a similar saltiness and crumbly texture as the original aged cheese, but this version is made with raw cashews. And unlike cheese, this cashew Parmesan is loaded with fiber, as well as minerals such as manganese, iron, potassium and magnesium.

Use it as you would traditional Parmesan to complete your favorite dairy-free meals!

Cashew Parmesan (Vegan, Paleo)
makes about 3/4 cup

Inspired by this recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In a small food processor, combine all of the ingredients and process until a crumbly, uniform texture is created. Feel free to adjust the flavor to your taste, then serve over your favorite dish. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a month.

cashew parmesan in a small bowl

5 from 12 votes
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Cashew Parmesan (Vegan, Paleo)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A dairy-free alternative to traditional Parmesan cheese.

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 6
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a small food processor, combine all of the ingredients and process until a crumbly, uniform texture is created. Feel free to adjust the flavor to your taste, then serve over your favorite dish.
  2. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a month.

Substitution Notes:

  • If you don’t care for cashews, I have a feeling macadamia or Brazil nuts, or any other mild-flavored nut or seed, could also work.

Enjoy!

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Comments

Jen L.

Do you need to soak the cashews first? Thanks!

    Megan

    Nope, I didn’t! If you do decide to soak them, they must be thoroughly dried before pulsing them in the food processor.

    Kimberly

    Soaking will cause the cashews to turn to a paste when put in the food processor. 🙂

Michaell

This was so good, even my friend’s 2 year-old liked it!

Betty

I love your website and your recipes I find that I can use. I’m on the Phase 1 anti-fungal diet (Know The Cause with Doug Kaufmann) because I definitely have Fungus. Most of us do & don’t realize our problems are caused by Fungus.

I had breast cancer, mastectomy (1996) then a couple yrs later had reconstructive surgery to get rid of implant but ended up having to have a small implant anyway. I found found from the plastic surgeon that I would be More Susceptible to Fungus because of the ‘separation’ of my skin. At time, I had no idea what she was really talking about – until about 10 years later. Scar-like area between the stitch area – got rid of it but it returned later along with Dry Scalp & on left side on upper forehead, left eyebrow & both ears (I thought it was just ‘older age’) Then I happen to see Doug Kaufmann on TV.

Will probably take awhile longer for me to need to stay on the Phase 1 diet but I need to get rid of this fungus. But I’m writing all this to warn females who have had Breast Implants including saline – that they are very prone toward fungus & if they break – Plus there are women who are sick & then find out the problem has been the implant & fungus. (on the above website – search for Breast Implant)

Linda

I made this with macadamia nuts. I accidentally purchased quite a few when the bulk dispenser went a bit haywire. This is so good as a salad or vegetable topping, too. I did reduce the salt as the nutritional yeast seems extra salty to me.

Thank you! I love all of your recipes.

KS

Thank you so much for this recipe! I had tried Go Veggie’s parmesan and couldn’t stand it. It tastes like metal to me. I just whipped this recipe up in minutes using a hand chopper and it is delicious! This is going to bring back several recipes that I have missed since becoming lactose intolerant. Thank you, thank you!!!

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