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Vegan Brazil Nut Parmesan Cheese

Fun fact: on average, Americans eat 23 pounds of cheese each year.  And it’s my guess that the ubiquitous Parmesan cheese accounts for a fair share.  After all, it is essential to Italian staples like spaghetti and the beloved “chicken parm.”  Even the Caesar salad gets dusted with Parmesan before landing on the checkered red and white tablecloth.

For more information on America’s cheese habits click on:

http://www.today.com/health/we-are-each-eating-23-pounds-cheese-every-year-consumer-8C11256354

So are vegans out of luck?  No way, according to Terces Engelhart, co-owner of the vegan eatery Café Gratitude!  In her cookbook, I am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Café Gratitude, Engelhart shares some of the recipes used at her restaurants.  (Café Gratitude has locations in Venice, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and Berkeley.)  It is one of my favorite cookbooks, purchased immediately after my first meal at Cafe Gratitude.

 

 

The Brazil Nut Parmesan Cheese is nestled in the “Dressings, Sauces, and Toppings” section of the cookbook.  One of the best parts of this recipe is that you only need three ingredients and five minutes to make it!

 

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As the name suggests, the anchor ingredient is the Brazil nut.  This large nut is found in the tropical forests of Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru.  The trees are can grow up to 165 feet tall and are thought to live 500 – 700 years!

Brazil nuts are nutrition powerhouses! They are a good source of fatty acids, vitamin-E, B complex vitamins, and trace minerals like selenium, copper, magnesium, and manganese.  To learn more about Brazil nuts, check out:

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/brazil-nuts.html

 

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Gathering all of the ingredients into the food processor doesn’t take long!

 

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And after less than a minute, you will have your final product…

 

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Fluffy and flavorful vegan Brazil nut Parmesan cheese.

 

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Sprinkle liberally on just about anything.  Today, I added mine to vegan stir-fry!

 

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Vegan Brazil Nut Parmesan Cheese
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Serves: 1.5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Brazil nuts
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • ⅓ teaspoon of salt
Instructions
  1. Chop 1 teaspoon of garlic.
  2. Place Brazil nuts, chopped garlic, and salt in the food processor and pulse until combined. Watch out for hidden lumps!
  3. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

 

8 Comments

  • Christina Pearl says:

    Just an FYI: Cafe Gratitude also has a location in Kansas City, MO. 😉

  • emily says:

    I did not know Cafe Gratitude has a location in Kansas City!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Pamela says:

    Thanks for the recipe! This was a topping on a mac and cheese entree at Christopher’s Kitchen in Florida, and it was yummy!

  • Tori says:

    What a brilliant recipe! I’m going to try this tonight. I have a toddler who is allergic to dairy (and soy and eggs). So far I’ve found substitutes for everything except cheese. Nuts are a great source of protein too which is important for everyone but especially so for toddlers with food protein allergies.

  • Ahlam says:

    Love ya lots. The huge thing for us is finding a craemer substitute. I can’t function without coffee. The other problem we’re running into, is the acceptance from family. I know you’re family is pretty freakin’ awesome, but did you run into issues? We get invited over for dinner on holidays, and I don’t want to be rude and not eat their food, but we’ve told them repeatedly that we’re doing this, and certain members of her family seem to blatantly ignore that its the choice we’ve made.

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