Brazil nuts have a neutral flavor that is not particularly nutty and is naturally oily enough to imply qualities of Parmesan cheese.
Brazil nuts are a “supernut” because they help reduce cholesterol levels making this simple vegan parmesan cheese recipe very healthy. You can substitute or combine other nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts and pine nuts to find your own spin. Sea salt versus other salts really adds to the flavor. If you add smoked sea salt or other flavored varieties, you can redefine the category.
Nutritional yeast is widely used to impart a cheese-like and somewhat nutty flavor to many dishes. Two tablespoons have more than 100% of the RDA for several B vitamins and minerals.
This holds well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for about one month.
- ½ cup Brazil nuts
- ¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt (optional)
Combine the Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic and sea salt (if using) in a food processor and pulse to the texture is like crumbled graham crackers. It is best to remove and larger pieces that didn’t process rather than over pulsing or it will begin to turn pasty.
Lemon Parm: Add ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
Herbed Parm: Add 1 teaspoon dried herbs, such as oregano, rosemary or thyme