Vegan parmesan that’s nut free, kind to the planet, and easy on the wallet! And it takes just a few minutes to make…
If you haven’t yet discovered the secret of homemade vegan parmesan yet, here’s why its so popular:
- It’s incredibly easy to make – just chuck ingredients in a blender and you’re done.
- It’s salty + cheesy but cruelty free and healthy
- Perfect for sprinkling liberally on vegan pastas, lasagne, risottos… EVERYTHING!
- Plus it’s a easy way to add a dash more protein to your diet
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but so many popular vegan recipes seem to rely on an endless supply of cashews nuts. If we tried them all we’d quickly get through our monthly food budget in a few days!
Which is why we love this vegan parmesan that’s budget friendly, nut free, and delicious! Sunflower seeds are the secret…
💚 How to make our vegan parmesan
- Sunflower seeds + nutritional yeast + garlic powder + salt
- Blend til fine
- And you’re done!
It’s so quick you can make a whole jar full in less time than it takes to read this blog post 😉
🌻 Sunflower seeds vs cashews
Sunflower seeds are an ideal alternative to cashews. Here’s why:
They are much cheaper
In the UK, organic cashews are around £2 per 100g, and organic sunflower seeds can be bought at around 50p per 100g. So they are a quarter of the price!
A jar of this vegan sunflower seed parmesan costs approximately £1. If you made it with cashews it would set you back around £3.30 – so the difference is huge!
They are easier to find locally and packaging free
Cashews are native to Brazil, and grow in tropical climates in countries such as India, Cote D’Ivoire and Vietnam. However, sunflower seeds are produced widely across Europe, and can also be found in the USA. So if you are not in the tropics, and are looking to eat more locally, sunflower seeds are the way to go!
We are also big fans of reducing waste and have found it’s easy to buy sunflower seeds at packaging free shops than cashews.
Cashews processing can be harmful
The deshelling process of cashews is done by hand, and releases a caustic liquid which can burn the worker’s hands. To help support better conditions for cashew workers, buy fairtrade nuts. It’s not always so easy to find fairtrade cashews, so sunflower seeds are a good alternative.
They are just as nutritious
Sunflower seeds and cashews are quite similar in their nutritional content, both being excellent vegan protein sources. Sunflower seeds are a bit higher in protein, richer in fibre, and lower in carbs and saturated fats than cashews. Sunflower kernels are also an excellent source of B vitamins and Vitamin E and rich in minerals, such as Iron, Magnesium and Zinc.
They are more allergen friendly
If you are looking for a nut free vegan parmesan, then sunflower seeds are perfect. Just remember that sometimes people can have sunflower seed allergies, in which case, try using hemp seeds hearts instead.
🗓️ How long does it keep?
Store your vegan parmesan in a clean and completely dry jar. It will keep for at least a few weeks (though you may find it gets eaten up pretty quickly!)
You can also store it in the freezer for several months, and just let it warm up a bit before using.
🥄 Sprinkle it on…
This sunflower seed parmesan makes an excellent topping Italian dishes, soups, salads… whatever you fancy! We particularly love these vegan recipes with a generous sprinkling on top:
Sunflower Seed Vegan Parmesan
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Place all the ingredients in a blend or food processor.
- Blend until fine
- Then transfer into a clean, dry jar for storage
We hope you enjoy our vegan sunflower seed parmesan recipe. We’re just about to enjoy it on some homemade vegan pizza, yum!
Sophie & Paul