Easy Walnut Parmesan is a healthy, dairy-free alternative to Parmesan cheese. Tastes like parm, but better! Vegan, gluten free and made with whole ingredients.
Walnut Parmesan cheese is my new favorite thing. It’s improved my dinners, and therefore my life.
You need this Easy Walnut Parmesan in your life because:
- it tastes like Parmesan, but with better texture and fresh flavor
- it’s made of walnuts, and that’s super fun
- walnuts are incredibly healthy and one of my favorite weight management foods
- it whips up in seconds
- it incorporates super-healthy nutritional yeast
Walnuts, brownie villains and sports bras
I used to hate on walnuts because I had scarring childhood memories of finding them bland and chalky, and of walnuts being an old person thing. Like, they wanted Christmas cookies with walnuts in them, instead of something sensible like M&M’s. And they wanted to ruin perfectly good fudge brownies by putting walnuts in them, and even on top. Freaking villains!
So I’ve been avoiding walnuts for about 35 years because I didn’t care for them when I was 5. That’s lame, so this year when I saw a good deal on a bag of walnuts I gave them another try. When I was 5 I thought Velveeta was the height of cuisine, and that’s not even an opinion I can respect now.
I’m even gladder than I thought I’d be that I tried them again. They’re my new favorite snack, just plain, and I also put them in salads, my autumn breakfast wraps (have to show you those! They make my life worth living in the morning) and stuck to almond butter on top of rice cakes. Now I’m getting frisky and making them into parm, as well as using them as an awesome meat substitute in a recipe you’ll see here soon.
My newfound walnut love stems from two things: their flavor now strikes me as intensely nutty instead of chalky, and I’ve found that whole thing about eating walnuts correlating to weight loss or control very true for myself. Is this because they’re satisfying and loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats, or because they’re sparkly and magical? Either way, I’ve been snacking on walnuts any time I feel like it and wearing strappy/sexy sports bras like a boss. To actually work out in.
Walnut Parmesan is easy to make and tasti-fies all the things
Dump walnuts, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder and a pinch of salt into your food processor and pulse. Stop before it’s butter. You just made walnut Parmesan. It gets no easier than this.
I originally made walnut Parmesan (which I’m tempted to start calling walparm) to go with pasta. I loved it on the pasta and have been topping soup with it, stirring it into brown rice and veggies, sprinkling it on veggie pizzas, flinging it willy-nilly into my salads…wherever parm could do, walparm can go!
- 1 c walnuts, pieces or whole
- 1/4 c nutritional yeast
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until fine and crumbly, like Parmesan.
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Are there some foods you didn’t like as a kid but you like now? I’m stunned that I’m on Team Walnut now. Anything is possible!