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5-Minute Garlic Hemp Seed Parm a.k.a. Garlic Shake

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We sprinkle this Garlic Hempseed Parm on many things. I’ve even given it to a meat-lover who was excited about shaking it over his steak. It’s a wonderful smack of garlic and salt in your mouth and it’s a great flavor-rich topping.

Ready to pulse, half of the hemp seeds added

Let’s Make 5 Minute Garlic Hemp Seed Parm a.k.a. Garlic Shake

It’s really quick and simple to make. You put minced garlic, salt, Brazil nuts, unfortified nutritional yeast, and half of the hemp seeds in a little food processor and pulse until it looks like sand.

Adding the remaining hemp seeds

Then you add the rest of the hemp seeds and pulse once or twice to give it some textural variance. Finally, you taste a pinch of it and add either more salt/garlic to dial it up or more hemp seeds to mellow it out. You might taste it and find it requires no tinkering, at all.

5 Minute Garlic Hemp Seed Parm a.k.a. Garlic Shake hemp seeds, garlic, salt, nooch and Brazil nuts processed in a food processor to make vegan parm
Vegan Hemp Seed Garlic Parm, ready to eat or put in fridge

We add it to anything we would have put parm on before going vegan. Did you know that some parmesan cheeses contain cellulose? Did you know that cellulose is wood, sawdust? Just food for thought. Don’t get me started on human hair and feathers as dough conditioners in bread

Anywho, 5 Minute Garlic Hemp Seed Parm a.k.a. Garlic Shake is great sprinkled on pasta, salad, or soup. You can use it to make garlic bread or stuffed mushrooms. Jazz up your hummus or shake it on whatever you’d like to yum-up. It adds not only salt, garlic and wow, but a little umami to boot.

We use it specifically on these things:

*On Banza Chickpea Rotini Pasta tossed with Earth Balance and a little crushed pepper (Yes, it’s Gluten-free, low carb, very tasty Shark Tank Pasta). There is something decadent about this vegan grown-up buttered noodle equivalent.

*On Mac and cheese using Holy Grail Vegan Cheese Sauce and Banza Chickpea Rotini Pasta with a little crushed red pepper, it wows me.

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5 Minute Garlic Hempseed Parmesan a.k.a. Garlic Shake

An intense pop of garlic parmesan flavor. A useful vegan topping for soups, salads, pasta dishes, garlic bread or anything you would put parmesan on.
Course Parm topping
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Cheese substitute, garlic, garlic bread, hit of salt, minimal, minimalist, non-dairy, nooch, nut cheese, nutritional yeast, parm, punch of garlic, vegan, vegan parm, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 3 TBSP servings
Calories 99kcal


  • food processor (I recommend small or medium, bullet style)


5 Minute Garlic Hemp Seed Parm

  • 1 TBSP garlic sometimes I use jarred minced garlic, other times I just throw in a few cloves without chopping
  • 8 whole Brazil nuts shelled, raw, un-roasted, unsalted
  • ½ cup divided hemp seeds (a.k.a hemp hearts) divided (half go in the food processor right away, the other half are lightly pulsed at the end)
  • ¼ cup unfortified nutritional yeast
  • ½ – ¾ teaspoon salt


  • Set aside half of the hemp seeds, add all other ingredients to food processor and pulse until combined and sand-like.
  • Add the remainder of hemp seeds to the food processor and lightly pulse once or twice. You want to combine the hemp seeds but leave them whole to give it a varied texture.
  • Grab a pinch out of the food processor and taste. If you want it to be saltier or more garlicky, add more salt or garlic. If you want it to be less salty or garlicky, add more hemp seeds. Since this is a topping, my household likes it to be a hit of salt and garlic flavor.
  • Store in the fridge.


Nutrition information is approximate. 


Serving: 3Tablespoons | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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Adapted from Kate Flowers, Raw Caesar Salad Freedom Food 1.0 – Raw Vegan Weight Loss.

Did you make this 5 Minute Garlic Hemp Seed Parm a.k.a. Garlic Shake?

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  1. 5 stars
    This is soooo tasty! I made a double batch because I want to put it on everything I eat. My favorite use so far is on top of hummus toast, but this seriously makes everything taste better.

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