This Vegan Parmesan Cheese is made with pumpkin seeds instead of cashews, making it a great nut-free alternative. Requiring just 4 ingredients and a food processor, this pumpkin seed "Parmesan" is also easily made in a matter of minutes. Perfect for sprinkling on pasta, pizza, soups and more!
If you're looking for a nut-free alternative to the multitude of cashew-based vegan Parmesan cheese recipes, I've got you covered. 😉
Raw pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, to be exact.
It all started one day when I saw the bag of pepitas sitting just begging to be given a chance to create something BIG...something an ex cheese addict would want to sprinkle all over her pasta...something like VEGAN PARMESAN CHEESE!
Yes, you got me. Ex cheese addict here! Taking it day by day, vegan cheese experiment after vegan cheese experiment. 😉
Anyway, whether you are a recovering cheese addict, have a cashew allergy or are looking for something a little different, you've got to try this vegan Parm.
I don't know about you, but I always preferred the sharp Parmesan cheeses over the mild ones, and this pumpkin seed version has definitely got some sharpness to it!
Perhaps that's why my "unwilling-to-admit-I'm lactose intolerant" daughter and husband are totally down with it. 😉
And, hopefully you will be too! 🙂
Ingredients you'll need
- Raw pumpkin Seeds (pepitas)
- Nutritional Yeast
- Kosher Salt
- Garlic Powder
How to make nut-free vegan Parmesan cheese
This vegan cheese is incredibly easy to make. To do so, you'll need a food processor or food chopper.
For smaller jobs like this, I like to use my 3.5-cup KitchenAid food chopper.
It only features two settings, chop and puree, and is perfect for chopping nuts and seeds.
All you have to do is add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor/chopper.
Use the pulse or chop setting and pulse/chop until the "cheese" is ground to your liking.
How to use this pumpkin seed Parmesan
Sprinkle this vegan version anywhere you would a dairy-based Parmesan.
We enjoy adding it to the gluten-free pizzas we get at the pizza shops that don't yet have a vegan cheese option.
And, it's the perfect oil-free cheese to top off our gluten-free, vegan lasagna.
Does this vegan Parm melt?
No, it doesn't melt, but if you're looking for a dairy-free Parmesan that does, I'd recommend Violife or Follow Your Heart.
Storing the cheese
This pumpkin seed Parmesan can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed mason jar or other airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Want more vegan cheese recipes? Check out these next:
Vegan Parmesan Cheese [Nut-Free, Gluten-Free]
- Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor/chopper. Use the pulse or chop setting and pulse/chop until the "cheese" is ground to your liking.
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