Parmela Vegan Parmesan Cheese Replacer (DISCONTINUED)


This particular Parmela product has been discontinued. See our Dairy-Free Cheese Reviews for options currently available.

It’s true, those cravings for cream, and yes, even cheese really do vanish (for most of us) with some dairy-free time. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy amazing food when I taste it, and Parmela Vegan Parmesan Replacer did dazzle my taste buds.

Parmela Vegan Parmesan Cheese Replacer

Does it really taste like Parmesan? Honestly, I think this vegan Parmesan alternative is the closest that I’ve tasted to the “real thing.”

When I first heard of the product I thought it would be just another nutritional yeast blend, but Parmela has done something special. They’ve used several all-natural “aged” ingredients to reproduce that pungent and rich flavor that’s typically reserved for dairy cheese. The ingredients include fermented rice, soy, wheat, sugar beets, and nutritional yeast, combined with a nutty almond-cashew base that quite frankly, works.

Yes, I’m sorry to say that this isn’t a gluten-free or soy-free product, but it is vegan and dairy-free. Those of you without additional diet restrictions should put this vegan Parmesan on your indulgent wish list.

Parmela Vegan Parmesan Cheese Replacer

The little granules have a remarkably similar texture to grated Parmesan.

If you do pick up a cute little jar of Parmela (you can bet I’ll be re-using that wonderful shaker!), I recommend sprinkling it atop garlic bread or enjoying it in a dish of pasta with broccoli. Parmela is one of those wonderful convenience foods that can heighten the simplest comfort-food dishes.

Parmela Vegan Parmesan Cheese Replacer

Love the re-usability of this cute and well-made shaker!

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, this cheese alternative is Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Peanut-Free, but see the packaging and contact the company for allergen and manufacturing “may contain” labeling.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. After reading your review, we got some Parmela and I really like it! I missed Parmesan cheese so much after discovering my dairy allergy.

    I wanted to mention that it looks like they changed the packaging. It now comes in a small yellow container that kinda looks like a mini ice-cream container. It’s 2.3 oz (65g) and the price seems to have dropped (probably because of the cheaper packaging). We paid $3.99 (at

    • So glad you enjoyed it Sanna! It sounds like you got their new shelf-stable variety (in the yellow package). They still offer the refrigerated one in the glass, but I’m guessing the shelf-stable one will hit shelves most. I’ll be sure to update this review with that variety also. Thanks!

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