Finding a way to create the tangy flavor of Parmesan in a homemade vegan version can be challenge. One major ingredient for success is the nutty flavor from Brazil Nuts combined with a favorite secret ingredient to create the perfect non-dairy Brazil Nut Parmesan that you can make right in your own home!
Once you go homemade, you never go back. It’s a famous saying…you may have never heard of it.
That’s probably because I just made it up. But you know it’s true. 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.
Take salad dressings. I don’t buy the stuff in jars. Wait. That sounded too definitive. I do buy the stuff in jars, but not too often. That’s because I fell in love with making it myself. Homemade dressing is fresh. Who knew that fresh was a flavor! And I can adapt the seasonings in my homemade dressing to fit my hankering of the moment.
I hanker a lot.
And now that I’ve made my own Brazilian Nut Parmesan, nothing else will do. I don’t like the store-bought variety of vegan parmesan. It’s a little too crusty for my taste.
Besides, who knows what something’s made of when you buy it in the store. Sure, they have the ingredients listed on the side, but it looks like an awful lot of garbally gook to me. Just say NO to garbally gook!
And it turns out that Brazil Nuts are really good for you. One cup of Brazil Nuts will yield you healthy things like thiamin, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. That last one, selenium, has been indicated by some studies to reduce breast cancer and prostate cancer. See? That’s good stuff!
This Brazil Nut Parmesan is delicious sprinkled over everything from pasta to popcorn. You can usually find me sprinkling it over my morning Tofu Scramble.
My favorite trick to doing things homemade is to keep it simple. All you need here are a few ingredients and a food processor. A cute little shaky thing is kinda nice too!
- 1 cup Brazil Nuts, shelled
- 2 - 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tablespoon mild miso paste (I used Westbrae Organic Mellow)
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic
- Salt to taste
- Combine the Brazil Nuts and nutritional yeast flakes in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds until the nuts have been broken into smaller, more consistent size.
- Add the miso paste and pulse again to combine.
- Finally, add the flax seed meal, turmeric and paprika. Pulse until the mixture is a course meal, similar to granular size of Parmesan cheese. Do not over-pulse as this will lead to more of a paste.
- Take a small taste and add salt if needed.