Vegan Parmesan

I used to buy the super expensive vegan parmesan from Whole Foods as a delicious, zingy topping for our dinners. But now I know how to make it myself with only $2.75 of ingredients! Bonus: it takes less than 5 minutes.

I might not be able to get my Italian grandmother to willingly try it, but then again if I just put it on her plate she might enjoy it!


  • 1 cup raw or roasted cashews (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)


Put all the ingredients in your food processor, and blitz it until you get it is finely ground, with the texture of grated cheese.

Sprinkle it liberally on top of your favorite pasta, risotto, salad, or pizza dish.

I like to store vegan parmesan in a sealed container in the freezer for extra freshness. Enjoy!


For today’s inspiration, I am reflecting on the 5 remembrances:

I am of the nature to grow old; there is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health; there is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die; there is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change; there is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings; I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

May these words help us to be grateful for all the gifts we have today. May we be mindful of our actions so that we can spread positivity around us.

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

11 responses to “Vegan Parmesan”

  1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    My favorite topping for pasta!

  2. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Facebook comment from Tanya: I love making my own Parmesan. So quick and easy. 🙂

    1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

      @Tanya Right?? 😃

    2. maitricookswithlove Avatar

      @Jan Awesome! Let me know how it goes! 😃

  3. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Facebook comment from Jan: Looking forward to trying this recipe

  4. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Facebook comment: I also really love to make parmesan from pumpkin seeds for a nut free alternative and add a little lemon juice for extra zing. 🙂

    1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

      That sounds delicious, thank you for sharing!! 😃

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