This Vegan Parmesan is cheesy & delicious! It’s completely nut free & only 4 ingredients. Perfect for any dish that requires parmesan cheese.

Parmesan was probably the only cheese I ever enjoyed as a kid. The smell of home made spaghetti with parmesan just reminds me of home. I know there are tons of recipes for vegan parmesan out there, but most require nuts, so I wanted to make a nut free alternative. Cashews are so versatile.. like chickpeas! And I had bought some roasted chickpeas in bulk so did a little substitution and it worked out perfectly.

You only need 4 simple ingredients for this vegan parmesan and takes only a couple pulses in the food processor to put together. If you have a nut allergy, definitely try this version of vegan parmesan out! My testers agreed its very comparable to cashew/nut based vegan parmesan.

I hope you love this Nut Fee Vegan Parmesan! It’s:

  • cheesy

  • versatile

  • completely nut free

  • low in fat

  • vegan friendly

  • gluten & oil free

  • so simple & easy to make

  • and so tasty over any of your favourite dishes that require parmesan!

Tips and Tricks to making Nut Free Vegan Parmesan Cheese

  • If you enjoy a less fine parmesan, pulse the roasted chickpeas a few times before adding in the rest of the ingredients

  • I’ve tried this with other roasted beans such as fava beans and they turn out very similar

If you recreate this Nut Free Vegan Parmesan Cheese please share it and let me know what you think by tagging me on Instagram @lisakitahara, I love seeing all of your tasty recreations!


  •  1/2 c roasted chickpeas

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 tsp mustard

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt (if unsalted)


  1. Add everything into a food processor and pulse until parmesan-like texture


  • SERVINGS: 1/3 c parmesan

  • PREP TIME: 5 minutes





About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for this recipe… I can’t wait to try it! May I ask, do you mean mustard or mustard powder in the ingredients?
    Thank you