Dairy Free Cheesy Sprinkle

By Sally Cameron on July 14, 2016

Basics and how-to, Dairy Free, Gluten-Free, Ingredients, Paleo, Sauces and Condiments, the daniel plan, Vegan, Vegetarian

Cheesy-tasting but no cheese? Yes! This versatile, dairy free cheesy sprinkle tastes sort of like Parmesan. You might call it vegan parmesan. Its wonderful for people who either choose not to or just can’t eat dairy. It has that savory, pleasant, “umami” flavor, that magical fifth taste after sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Make some today. There are lots of ways to enjoy it.

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Vegan Dairy Free Cheesy Sprinkle

While cooking for a dairy-sensitive client, I created a non-dairy, cheesy tasting Parmesan replacement sprinkle with raw cashews, granulated garlic, sea salt, and nutritional yeast. The recipe makes 21 tablespoons and will last in the fridge for months…well, not really because you will use it faster once you try it.  It’s become a mainstay pantry item in my fridge.

How to Make Cheesy Sprinkle

Just place all ingredients in a food processor and process until finely ground, a minute or two.

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Ingredients Tips

Be sure to by raw cashews, not salted or roasted. For nutritional yeast, the brand I use Sari Foods. It is non-GMO, organic, gluten-free and is not fortified with synthetic vitamins. You can read more about nutritional yeast on this post. Sari Food Nutritional Yeast is available on Amazon. There may be other good brands, but be sure the are not GMO. Also buy unfortified (no synthetic vitamins added).

Granulated garlic is salt free, pure garlic. Its available just about everywhere these days. I buy mine from Savory Spice Shop, a terrific place for all of your dried herbs, spice and extract needs.  I should just open a store.

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What To Do With Dairy Free Cheesy Sprinkle

Make a batch in a minute,  then use it to make other recipes or use on its own. You will find lots of ways to enjoy it.

  • Use it on popcorn popped with coconut oil
  • Mix it with fresh chopped parsley and finely chopped chives for a cheesy herb blend
  • Sprinkle it over potatoes
  • Use it in dressings and dips
  • Sprinkle atop grilled, roasted or steamed vegetables
  • Mix with mayonnaise or Vegenaise (organic style) as a dipping sauce
  • Use wherever you might use Parmesan
  • Sprinkle over salads
  • Toss with rice or pasta and fresh chopped herbs
  • Mix into polenta or grits for dairy free cheesy grits
  • Toss with scrambled eggs for cheesy eggs

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Dairy Free Cheesy Sprinkle

Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. It makes about 21 tablespoons. If you are hesitant, start by making a half batch.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 21 1 T per serving
Calories 44kcal


  • 1 cup raw cashews 5 1/2 ounces
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • Put all ingredients in a food processor and process until finely ground.
  • Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. It lasts a month or more.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.9g | Protein: 2.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g
  1. Peggy - August 22nd, 2019

    hi, would it work with almonds? My kid is allergic to cashew.

  2. Sally Cameron - August 26th, 2019

    I haven’t tried it with almonds Peggy so hard to say.You cold try it and report back please if you do! SO many nut allergies these days.

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