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Vegan Almond parmesan is a sprinkable vegan cheese used as a healthy topping for pasta, pizza, soup, salad, and anywhere you would use grated parmesan! Dairy-free, gluten-free, and wfpb recipe.

top, side angle view of almond parmesan in a mason jar with spoon.

Almond parmesan has been a great find for me on this vegan journey and works as a perfect replacement for grated parmesan. And it’s so healthy too!

Did you know that almonds are the most alkalizing nut? An alkaline (vs. acidic) system will help keep your system functioning at its peak.

Almonds are balancing, nourishing, and contain high levels of potassium and vitamin E. In fact, nine almonds contain all the vitamin E you need for the day!

Combine nourishing almonds with a little nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and sea salt and you have yourself a healthy and delicious ‘cheezy’ vegan parmesan topping.

It’s so easy to make and will add tons of flavor to your favorite lasagna, salads, pizzas, soups and so much more!

top down view of ingredients used to make healthy almond parmesan recipe.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here is everything you will need to make this versatile and sprinkable vegan cheese. Measurements can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Raw almonds. Use raw almonds, as toasted or salted almonds will alter the flavor. You can find raw almonds at most grocery stores (some sell them in bulk), or you can purchase them online.
  • Nutritional yeast. Adds a savory ‘cheesy’ flavor, along with a healthy dose of nutrients.
  • Garlic powder. Adds another layer of flavor.
  • Salt. Used to enhance all the flavors. Cheese is typically salty so use freely to mimic dairy cheese.
side by side photos showing the process of making almond parmesan in a food processor.

How To Make Almond Parmesan

Here is a quick look at the process of making almond parm with photos for reference. (Note , the full printable recipe card is below.)

  • Simply add the almonds, nutritional yeast, garlic powder and salt to the bowl of a food processor or blender, process for about 30 – 45 seconds.

That’s it, so easy, healthy and ready in as little as 5 minutes!

Now you’re ready to sprinkle away!

side angle view of almond parmesan in a mason jar with spoon.

How To Store

Leftover almond parmesan can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge or pantry, and will last up to 1 – 6 months (if you have it around that long). It will last the longest in the fridge.

Ways To Use Almond Parmesan

You can sprinkle this amazing vegan parmesan anywhere regular grated parmesan would be used. Here are few ideas to get you started sprinkling away!

top down view of almond parmesan in a mason jar with spoon.

If you try this vegan parmesan recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



Have you got your almond parmesan handy? It’s a great vegan parmesan topping for pizza, pasta dishes (raw or cooked), salads, soups and anywhere you might use parmesan.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment, Cheese
  • Method: blender, food processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 cup raw almonds (either with skins or without)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon or so mineral salt


Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor/blender and process until your desired consistency. Add more nutritional yeast, garlic powder and salt to taste.

That’s it – it’s ready to sprinkle on soups, pastas, salads, pizza, even sandwiches may benefit from a sprinkle or two!

Makes about 1 cup.

Serves 8, 2 tablespoons per serving.

Store: Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge or pantry, and will last up to a couple months if you have it around that long. Will last longer in the fridge.


Using almonds without the skin will give a lighter color. I use with the skins here but feel free to try without. Also, you can try using almond meal instead of grinding your own almonds. Just add all  the ingredients in a medium size bowl and mix well, or pulse in a food processor until combined.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

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Updated: Almond Parmesan was originally published in January 2013. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in January 2021.

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  1. Hi Julie, I was blown away with this concept and am eager to try it. Question, what kind of mineral salt do you use? I’ve been googling and I am so confused with all the information I found. I understand mineral salt is mined as opposed to from the sea or a lake. Thanks!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Great question! I use Himilayan salt, or pink salt as it’s sometimes referred to. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can find Himalayan salt in a bottle with a grinder for $2.00. Or you can pick it up at Spouts or Whole Foods in the bulk section for a great price too. I usually have both types on hand, a grinder and a salt tub filled with the bulk pink salt.

      Also, Celtic sea salt, which is light grey, has tons of minerals as well, it’s another great mineral salt!

      Hope that helps! :)

  2. YESSSSS!!! It is so delicious you’ll have to resist the urge to grind up every almond within site to make more!!

    I’ve tried other recipes for this but this one rules them all. I used a cup of almond meal.

    Thanks so much!

  3. I make this regularly and depends on what nuts or seeds I have on hand. I’ve done with Sunflower and get the same, great result. I also had used roasted almonds and it tastes just a little deeper in flavor but not enough so that you’d notice. I use the roasted to make Almond Butter. I store both in the fridge and never had any issues.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      That’s great to vary it up using what you have on hand. This is really a versatile recipe and like you said, using different nuts and seeds works. I keep mine in the fridge too, it keeps it fresher longer… good call! Thank you so much for sharing. Cheers :)

  4. I am a transitioning vegan and finding your blog is like finding gold!

  5. Hi

    I make cashew parmesan, ad have not been adding garlic powder. is there is an alternative to garlic powder? Or is it optional?

    I don’t have any dried powders so, can i use fresh garlic instead?


    1. sharon graham says:

      Sagari,I saw your question while reading this post. The garlic powder can be left out,will just taste a little different than original recipe. If you choose to do fresh garlic,though,use much LESS ,and only add it to a small batch,as the fresh garlic isn’t shelf stable and may go bad quicker,possibly making you sick. Hope this helps,and so glad I found this website,as I have 5yr old G-baby having to eliminate dairy! She misses cheese and chocolate,so do we,as won’t eat it in front of her. Julie@simple-vegaista,thank you in advance for all the help- can’t wait to try these recipes for the whole family!

      1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

        Thank you for your response Sharon, you were spot on. Thank you for the kind words too! Cheers :)

    2. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I’m so sorry for the delayed comment. I think Sharon answered it perfectly above.

      Garlic/onion powders are very much optional, and if you use fresh garlic there is only a small shelf life, maybe 5 days at most, in the fridge. I might suggest to omit it altogether and add plenty of salt to taste (cheese is typically on the salty side).

      Enjoy! :)

  6. I’m curious, has anyone tried using this in a recipe, say for pesto? Just curious how it would hold up in a recipe versus as an overtop sprinkle.

  7. I just made this to go with dinner tonight. It tastes heavenly. (:

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yay! So glad you loved it too! It’s a staple in my house! :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sounds wonderful. Try adding a dash of lemon juice for that extra 'cheesy' tang :-)

  9. Hi Julie,

    Love your site. Clean with beautiful pictures and easy recipes.

    I can't really eat garlic. Can I replace it with something else?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Hi Eve! Thank you for kind words! You can try replacing it with some onion powder and see how that goes for you. Cheers :)

  10. Ivan Schmetterling says:

    Why did you feel it necessary, after "salads" and "soups" to add an apostrophe to "pastas"? Words ending with vowels are treated like any other words when making them plural.

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you for pointing that out Ivan. That was overlooked, changing it now! :)

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