Nut-Free Raw Vegan Parmesan Cheese

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No dairy, no problem. Say hello to your new favorite raw vegan condiment for salads, zoodle dishes, soups, and whatever else you can think of. Raw vegan hemp seed parmesan cheese is made by pulsing raw hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, and other of herbs and spices together in a food processor. This non-dairy cheese alternative exhibits that signature cheesy, nutty flavor that real parmesan offers. That makes this an extremely popular choice among vegans and raw vegans alike. It’s a great source of protein, healthy fats, and essential minerals, too!

Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, contain a lot of health fats, specifically omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These healthy fats play a role in improving brain function, heart health, and inflammation reduction. In fact, studies show that hemp seeds contain dietary fiber, which aids healthy digestion and weight management. Fiber works to regulate blood sugar levels, bowel movements, and aids in promoting feelings of fullness. Hemp seeds are also excellent sources of protein, providing all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own.

The good news about this recipe is that it is very difficult to mess up. You don’t need to remember too many things, except for the fact that you don’t want to over-blend the ingredients. Everything should break down and come together in about 15 pulses. If you over-blend the ingredients, you will end up with flavored hemp seed butter, which is not the outcome you want. If you try the raw vegan parmesan and want to add more seasonings, go for it!

Nut-Free Raw Vegan Parmesan Cheese
  • Prep Time:5m
  • Total Time:5m


  • 1 c raw hemp seeds
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse 15 times, or about 15 seconds.
  2. Stop blending and scrape down the sides if needed, but make sure that you do not over-blend. You want the texture to be crumbly.
  3. Pour the blended mixture into a glass jar and use immediately. Store leftovers in the airtight jar in the fridge.
  4. Look at the expiration date on your package of hemp seeds, and that's how long it will keep in the fridge.


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