You love to be healthy. You also love to use eco-friendly materials. And, you love cheese. What’s the best way to combine all of these? Hemp cheese, of course.
A non-dairy product, hemp cheese is made from hemp seeds and tastes delicious.
What is hemp cheese?
Preservative-free and all-natural, hemp cheese is a perfect substitute for cheese. Now, we’re not going to promise that you can get the same stinky cheese flavor out of this vegan option.
Nor can it get quite as moldy as blue cheese (unless you leave it out for far too long). However, it is delicious land you can use it on a variety of dishes.
You can add it to anything you would normally enjoy with cheese, including pizza, salads, crackers, or dips.
Cheese lovers can testify that there is always a need for a cheese that’s easier on your digestion. Well, this dairy-free option could be the answer for you.
Furthermore, it’s filled with lots of awesome minerals and vitamins, so you get a healthier option that is ideal for vegans and vegetarians.
Also, this is a great option for people with allergies. Hemp is hypoallergenic so you can enjoy this product even if you have sensitivities to dairy or gluten.
People make hemp cheese using the seeds of the hemp plant. These seeds contain oils that are very flavorful. Additionally, the seeds contain many nutrients as well as protein.
It’s not a completely neutral taste, though. It does taste a little nutty. But that’s great since nuts go very well with cheese.
After you taste it, you may fall in love with it. And if you are interested in making this natural cheese yourself, you’re in luck. You can do it right from the comfort of your home.
How do I make hemp cheese?
You can make this green cheese using three ingredients: hemp seeds, hemp milk, and yeast. Don’t worry, the cheese isn’t actually green. It’s just environmentally friendly.
Once you mix these three ingredients together you can experiment with adding other things as well.
Just blending these ingredients will give you a spreadable type of cheese. However, some recipes require you to incubate the yeast. It takes a bit more time, but you’ll also get more of that cheesy flavor if you do that.
Hemp cheese can also be made with hemp hearts to substitute the hemp seeds. Adding a few drops of CBD oil to your hemp cheese can also be a welcome addition to the recipe.
As more people embrace hemp there are more great products, which is fantastic for the industry.
Benefits of hemp cheese
If you’re following a vegan diet, you probably already know about nut cheeses that use cashews or almonds. But perhaps you haven’t heard of hemp cheese.
Don’t be afraid to try it out. Also, it’s a great option for those who love cheese but can’t eat it due to allergies.
As it is plant-based, hemp cheese is non-dairy which means the lactose intolerant can eat it to their heart’s content.
The hemp seeds in the cheese are nutritious and full of amino acids and minerals. In fact, the omega 3 and omega 6 acids occur in an ideal ratio for supporting heart health.
Other components include soluble and insoluble fiber which help to improve health and keep you regular. And who doesn’t want to be regular in that way?
Dairy-free options are great for the body even if you aren’t allergic. Also, as allergies grow in today’s world natural and sustainable options are wonderful options to add to your diet.
Hemp seeds and CBD oil that can be added to the cheese are readily available and easily grown via the hemp plant, making the product sustainable. A lot of the hemp available today is also fair trade and ethically sourced.
Where can I get some?
Unfortunately, this is a pretty niche product. You might be able to find some at your local specialty health food store. Then again, you might not.
It’s also a bit hard to find online. The easiest way to get it might be to make it yourself. For a couple of recipe ideas, check out this garlic and dill hemp cheese or this herb cashew recipe.
Enjoying products made from hemp supports a growing industry and provides alternatives to a common mass-produced items. That’s something for you to feel good about.
Last updated: May 17, 2020 Posted in: Food & Drink
If you love keeping healthy and creating amazing dishes that are good for you and natural, hemp cheese should be high on your shopping list.
Easy Vegan Parmesan Cheese
I should put “Parmesan cheese” in big quotations here, because this vegan version is definitely not cheese. Yet, it tastes quite similar to the real deal! I’m loving this vegan Parmesan cheese recipe and I think you will, too.
This vegan Parm is great sprinkled over savory meals in lieu of real Parmesan. Whether you’re vegan, dairy free, avoiding animal rennet, looking to limit your consumption of animal products, or just plain curious—this recipe is for you.
I’m not the first person to come up with a vegan Parmesan cheese substitute. I’ve tried several recipes over the years, but none quite hit the mark. When I was wandering around Whole Foods the other day, I came across a vegan Parmesan blend in the refrigerated section. It used hemp seeds instead of raw cashews like I’ve used before. I was intrigued.
I didn’t buy that vegan Parm, but the idea stuck with me until I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Hemp seeds seemed like a great choice since they’re tender, nutty, nutritious, and nut free (a bonus for my friends with nut allergies). Hemp seeds are also tiny, which meant that I could simply stir the ingredients together instead of making a mess in my food processor.
So, I bought some hemp seeds on another grocery store run, and came home and started experimenting. Bingo! Meet the best vegan Parm I’ve ever had. You’ll only need five ingredients for this dairy-free wonder.
Vegan “Parmesan” Ingredients
Hemp seeds have a slightly nutty flavor and tender chewy texture, which makes up for Parmesan’s similar qualities. Hemp seeds are very nutritious, offering polyunsaturated fat, protein, manganese, magnesium and more.
I bought my hemp seeds at Whole Foods in the supplement section, but they are less expensive on Amazon (affiliate link).
Nutritional yeast contributes cheese-like flavor and golden yellow coloring. Nutritional yeast is also loaded with B vitamins, which is why just 1 tablespoon of this vegan Parmesan accounts for roughly 50 percent of your daily suggested intake of vitamins B1, B2 and B6 (click the “nutrition information” label below the recipe for more exact details).
My favorite brand of nutritional yeast is Frontier Coop, for its superior flavor and small flake size. You can buy a big 1-pound bag of it inexpensively on Amazon. Another good store-bought option is Bragg’s. Do not mistakenly use brewer’s yeast here—they are not the same thing!
Garlic Powder and Onion Powder
These offer some extra flavor complexity that help make up for all the subtle flavors found in real Parmesan. Garlic and onion powder make this vegan Parm irresistible!
Real Parmesan cheese is quite salty, so salt is an essential ingredient for this vegan version! I used fine sea salt, but you can use regular table salt if that’s what you have.
Uses for Vegan Parmesan Cheese
You can sprinkle this vegan “Parmesan” with abandon all over your favorite Italian recipes, salads, cooked vegetables and more! Use it like you would use Parmesan (however, if you’re baking the recipe, you might want to reserve it for sprinkling until after it’s out of the oven for maximum flavor and presentation value).
You might also enjoy it in place of feta cheese, or any time you need some extra-savory flavor. Here are some ideas:
- Sprinkle vegan Parmesan over marinara sauce and pasta (for heartier options, check out my hearty spaghetti with lentils and marinara and vegan puttanesca with zucchini noodles).
- Omit the Parmesan cheese from basil pesto, then sprinkle vegan Parmesan on top of your pesto dish, to taste. It would be great on my double tomato pesto spaghetti recipe!
- Sprinkle it over roasted vegetables, like roasted broccoli or roasted cauliflower. You might also enjoy it over steamed or sautéed veggies.
- Take your vegan mac and cheese up a notch by topping it with a light sprinkle of vegan Parm.
- You might also enjoy it over homemade minestrone soup, or Italian chopped salad (in lieu of the provolone).
Please let me know how you like this vegan Parm in the comments! I’m excited to hear how you use it.
Easy Vegan Parmesan Cheese
- Author: Cookie and Kate
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Total Time: 3 minutes
- Yield: ¾ cup 1 x
- Category: Condiment
- Method: By hand
- Cuisine: Italian
5 from 42 reviews
Make this simple vegan Parmesan cheese recipe and sprinkle it over your favorite Italian recipes! This vegan Parm is made with hemp seeds, so it’s nut free. No food processor required—just stir together the ingredients and you’re done. Recipe yields about ¾ cup.
Make this simple vegan Parmesan cheese recipe and sprinkle it over your favorite Italian recipes! This vegan Parm is made with hemp seeds, so it's nut free.