This Brazil Nut Parmesan recipe finds a way to create the tangy flavor of Parmesan in a homemade plant-based version. One major win is the nutty flavor of Brazil Nuts. It’s made with minimal ingredients and ready in minutes.
Brazil Nuts combined with a favorite secret ingredient create the perfect non-dairy parmesan that you can make right in your own home.
Once you’ve tasted the delights of something homemade, you don’t want to go back to the highly processed cookie-cutter variety from the middle aisle of your local grocery store.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Brazil nuts add a nutty flavor, and because they’re loaded with healthy fats, this is a great healthy plant-based parmesan.
- Adding nutritional yeast flakes gives this parm color and light, cheesy flavor.
- Miso paste adds the perfect texture and umami flavor that’s part salty and party tangy. It’s perfect for this recipe!
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Brazil Nuts — You can buy Brazil nuts in health food stores, in the produce section of some grocery stores (it may be hard to find certain times of the year), and online.
- Nutritional yeast flakes — You can find them at health food stores or online. Here are even more nutritional yeast recipes to try.
- Mild miso paste — You can find miso paste at health food stores and sometimes in the refrigerated section of grocery stores.
- Ground flax seeds — I love adding ground flax seeds to a variety of recipes as an egg replacer, or even simply a nutritional booster. We make buying ground flax seeds a regular part of our buying vegan at Costco shopping trips.
- Seasonings — You’ll need a bit of turmeric (for color), paprika, garlic powder, and salt.
What Miso is Best?
Miso is a Japanese paste made from fermenting soybeans with salt and other ingredients. There is a myriad of health benefits associated with miso paste and it may be a better way of adding salty flavor to your food, rather than traditional table salt. (Source) But which kind of miso paste should you buy? There are several varieties to choose from. For this recipe (and most), you’ll want mild miso paste, which can be either yellow or white.
How to Make Vegan Parmesan
- Combine the Brazil Nuts and remaining ingredients in a food processor.
- Pulse in short bursts until the nuts are broken down into smaller pieces. Then continue pulsing until the mixture is a coarse meal.
- Assess the flavor and add more salt if needed.
- Transfer the mixture to a lidded glass jar (like a mason jar) and store it in the fridge.
Keep this parmesan in the fridge in a sealed container. It will keep up to 15 to 20 days when stored properly.
And now that I’ve made my own Brazilian Nut Parmesan, nothing else will do!
Are Brazil Nuts Healthy?
Brazil Nuts are really good for you. One cup of Brazil Nuts will yield you nutritious things like thiamin, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and selenium.
However, studies note that you can overdo it on selenium, so it’s good to eat Brazil Nuts in moderation.
If Brazil Nut Parmesan is not your thing, be sure to try this Vegan Parmesan Cheese made with cashews.
How to Serve Brazil Nut Vegan Parmesan
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All you need here are a few ingredients and a food processor to make this Brazil nut parmesan.
Brazil Nut Parmesan
- 1 cup Brazil Nuts shelled
- 2 to 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tablespoon mild miso paste I used Westbrae Organic Mellow
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- ⅛ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¾ teaspoon garlic
- Salt to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Pulse in a quick burst to break up the nuts into smaller pieces. Pulse again until it develops into a coarse meal, similar in size to parmesan.
- Take a small taste and add salt if needed.
- Transfer to a glass lidded jar (like a Mason jar) and keep refrigerated.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.