Condiments/ Vegan

Vegan Parmesan

I’ve already posted the recipe for Vegan Parmesan in one of the previous post, however I thought that this recipe deserves a short post on its own. It’s super easy and quick, you need only two ingredients – nuts and yeast flakes, plus some spices. In this recipe I used almonds, but walnuts, cashews, pine nuts or hemp hearts would also work well. I’ve made before this vegan parmesan with a mix of roasted walnuts and hemp hearts, it also was really tasty. Usually I just go for whatever I find in my cupboards. Roasting nuts is optional, but highly recommended as it adds a depth and intensity to the flavour. When it comes to the consistency, I like to make my parmesan coarse for an extra texture, but you can blend it longer until fine meal is formed.

The second ingredient are nutritional yeast, which usually come in a form of flakes, granules or powder. It’s a very common ingredients in vegan and vegetarian cuisine, you can find them in healthy stores. Here they help to add a cheesy and savoury flavour. Also if you are not in mood for making this parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast are a great cheese substitute on its own, just sprinkle some flakes on your favourite dishes. They are a complete protein, source of B-complex vitamins and minerals.

It’s a great staple to have ready in the fridge and it stores well for several weeks. It tastes great sprinkle on pasta, risotto, salads, soups, roasted vegetables or whatever else you feel like – highly recommended as an extra topping to a homemade popcorn or savoury pancakes.

If you make this Vegan Parmesan, why don’t you try it with our Ginger & Turmeric Butternut Squash Soup or Butternut Squash Basil Gnocchi recipe.

Vegan Parmesan

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A great vegan alternative to a parmesan cheese. Takes only few minutes to prepare and stores well in the fridge. Adds a cheesy-nutty flavour with a hint of spiciness to your favourite dishes. Sprinkle over pasta, soup, salads or even a homemade popcorn, for a tasty and healthy movie night treat.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup roasted* almonds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (yeast flakes)
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste (I used 1/4 tsp)

Instructions

1

Pulse all ingredients a food processor until the desired consistency (alternatively you can use a pestle mortar).

2

Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge for several weeks.

Notes

* To make ROASTED ALMONDS preheat oven to n 350F / 180C and spread the nuts on a roasting tray lined with baking parchment. Roast for 5-8 min, stir half way through. You can roast nuts in advance and store in the jar in fridge.

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