Parmesan Cheese Substitute

This combination has a similar taste and texture that it is the perfect substitute when you want to sprinkle Parmesan cheese over your foods – but can’t because of the dairy. The nuts provide the texture, and the nutritional yeast provides that unique salty flavor that can be described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy.


Not to be confused with bakers or brewers yeast, nutritional yeast is made from a completely different strain of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisia), which is deactivated so it has no leavening abilities. Nutritional yeast is usually grown on molasses or beets, then once harvested is heated (deactivating it), dried and crumbled.

These tiny unappetizing looking yellow flakes may not look like much but as its name reflects, are packed with nutrition – B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein.

Start by toasting the nuts in a skillet with a bit of oil to bring out their flavors and darken their color, about 7 minutes.dairyfreeparmesan2

Once the nuts are golden scrape everything into a food processor bowl and allow to cool completely. Once cool, add the yeast and pulse until fine crumbs form.



Parmesan Cheese Substitute

Marla Hingley
Use this substitute in places where you would sprinkle Parmesan on top of foods.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Heat oil in pan over medium heat then add nuts. Stir pan often until nuts are fragrant and golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Pour into bowl of food processor and allow to cool completely.
  • Once cool, add nutritional yeast and salt, pulse until fine crumbs form.
  • Store in fridge for 2-3 weeks.
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