A 3 Ingredient Vegan Parmesan Cheese that’s quick and easy to make and chock full of health benefits!!
About Brazil Nuts:
If you aren’t familiar with Brazil nuts yet, this is the perfect recipe for you to get acquainted. Brazil nuts are those large nuts that are usually left untouched in your nut mix. They’re crunchy and similar to macadamia and hazelnuts, but with a much milder flavor. I find them hearty and earthy which makes them perfect for this recipe.
Brazil nuts aren’t utilized in dishes often, which is a shame since they’re one of the top food sources in the world for selenium. You read that right…in the world!! If you feel tired all of the time, you may need more selenium. Does your hair seem to be falling out more, yep selenium again. Are you having trouble getting pregnant? More selenium might be just what you need! Selenium is also beneficial for mood (depression prevention), inflammation and for thyroid health (think hormones/weight management)! In addition to Selenium, Brazil nuts are praised for their anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties as well as their benefits for heart health.
In this recipe, we combine brazil nuts with fresh garlic and sea salt to make a recreation of Parmesan Cheese. It’s so quick and easy to make, taking only minutes in a food processor. It’s delicious sprinkled on pizzas, quinoa, brown rice and even kale salads. It adds a healthy, salty bite. I like to make big batches and keep it in the freezer so that I always have it on hand.
This recipe is naturally vegan, gluten free and also fits a Candida Diet!
3 Ingredient Vegan Parmesan Cheese Recipe
Vegan "Parmesan" Cheese
- 1 Cup raw unsalted Brazil nuts, rinsed in a fine mesh strainer
- 4 cloves garlic peeled
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Place the garlic in your food processor and pulse a couple times to break up the garlic and allow for even distribution throughout your "cheese".
Now add your Brazil nuts, sea salt and process for about 20 - 30 seconds more, scraping down the sides if necessary.
Remove from your food processor and store in a mason jar or other container with a fitted lid in your fridge or freezer.
*Since Brazil nuts are high in Selenium, it is recommended to limit consumption to about 1 - 2 nuts per day. That breaks down to about 1 - 2 Tablespoons of this "cheese".