I’m almost hesitant to refer to this brazil nut recipe as “parmesan” because nothing can necessarily compare with the real thing and its unique tanginess (and I should know… I was always that girl sitting at a restaurant table as the server ground fresh parmesan over my pasta, pausing repeatedly to finish up as I awkwardly told them to keep it coming…). But – I was recently enlightened to this brazil nut-based recipe that works well to serve as that extra “something” to finish off certain dishes very well, as parmesan does. And, of course, this is a vegan alternative – but, as is the case with any vegan recipe I share, it’s delicious for anyone!
Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you get the added benefits of brazil nuts. No, because of their high fat content you don’t exactly want to OD on them, but they contain selenium which makes their protein “complete” – meaning the protein in brazil nuts contain all amino acids necessary to foster optimal growth in humans. Animal proteins do this too, so if you’re avoiding animal protein partially or completely, brazil nuts – in small to moderate quantities – can be a good addition to the diet.
But enough of that – here’s the recipe!:
Recipe: Brazil Nut “Parmesan”
What You Need
- 1 cup brazil nuts
- 1 medium clove of garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
What You Do
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until texture is a medium-rough grind. Sprinkle on top of your favorite savory foods and enjoy!