Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan #plant-based #vegan #cheese

Easy to make and so delicious, Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan is our tasty vegan alternative to parmesan cheese.  It’s ideal for sprinkling across the top of our delicious Sun-Dried Tomato Best-o Pesto Pasta. And it will taste equally terrific scattered atop every other past dish you enjoy!

Better still, you don’t even need a food processor to make this cheesy recipe!  Similarly, adding to its appeal, with just four simple ingredients, a small bowl and a dash of sea salt, Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan takes only minutes to make!

Consequently, it’s bound to become one of your favorite dairy-free topping alternatives on those two merits alone.  Indeed, our Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan is both easy to prepare and tastes fantastic!

Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan #nutritionalyeast #gluten-free

All you need to make this tasty gluten-free topping is pine nuts for creaminess, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, lemon juice for tang and a dash of sea salt!

You can use olive oil, but it isn’t entirely necessary. And since added processed fats are not super high on my list, I now make this Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan without additional oil since there are nutritious natural oils in the pine nuts.

Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan is a fantastic make-ahead condiment to stash away days before you need it.  It keeps nicely for up to two weeks or more when chilled in the fridge. For this reason, I tend to keep a  jar of Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan in my fridge at all times.

Use Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan to add cheesy crunch to your salad, soup or to top a steamy warm baked potato.  Let’s put it this way; you won’t be throwing any of this stuff out for lack of ways to enjoy it! And don’t be too surprised if you catch yourself standing in front of the fridge spoon holding an empty jar of Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan – it’s that kind of good!

Happy eating!

Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan #condiments #nuts #cheeses

Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan #vegetarian #soy-free

Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan

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  • Yield: 9 Servings

This recipe makes about nine servings (two tablespoons each) of cheesy and nutritious Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan.  Serve it as a tasty dairy-free cheesy topping for your favorite pasta dishes, salad, and soups.  We especially enjoy it adorning the top of our ridiculously easy Sun-Dried Tomato Best-o Pesto Pasta!  And for those days when you just can’t help yourself from nibbling one more spoonful straight from the jar, we won’t tell if you don’t!


  • 1 cup raw pine nuts, pan toasted

  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast  

  • a splash of filtered water or veggie broth rather than oil to make this deliciously oil-free

  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

  • a dash of pink Himalayan sea salt or another salt


  1. First, in a small mixing bowl, combine the warm pan toasted pine nuts, nutritional yeast, and water, stirring gently.  

  2. Next, drizzle the nutty mixture with a bit of lemon juice and then sprinkle with a dash of sea salt. Be sure to add just a little lemon and sea salt at a time, tasting as you go. While adjusting flavor as needed, you can add more nutritional yeast to increase the "cheesy" factor.  You can also opt to smash a few of the pine nuts to create a little stickiness and moisture to help the flavors meld.

  3. Enjoy your homemade Plant-Based Pine Nut Parmesan on top of all your favorite pasta dishes, soups and salads.  It's especially delightful scattered across the top of our super simple Sun-Dried, Tomato Best-o Pesto Pasta! Store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to two weeks or even longer.


  • Finally, according to research: The polyunsaturated fatty acids in pine nuts suppress appetite and affect food intake. Pine nuts contain nutrients that help boost energy, including monounsaturated fat, protein, and iron. Pine nuts are also a good source of magnesium, low levels of which can lead to fatigue. Click here to read a helpful article providing more information about the nutritional benefits of pine nuts.


% DV

Calories Per Serving: 98
  • Total Fat 9.4 g 15 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.7 g 3 %
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
  • Sodium 16.7 mg 1 %
  • Carbohydrates 3.4 g 1 %
  • Fiber 1 g 4 %
  • Sugar 0.5 g ---
  • Protein 2.8 g 6 %
  • Vitamin A 0 %
  • Vitamin C 1 %
  • Iron 4 %
  • Calcium 0%

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