Always have this delicious topping on hand in your fridge to sprinkle on chili, soups and stews. It's also delicious on steamed vegetables, like broccoli and air popped popcorn. You can by this is the store but it's so much more economical to make your own and it won't contain salt.

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By Chef AJ,


  • 1 cup raw almonds* or cashews or walnuts
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free seasoning (I prefer Benson’s Table Tasty)


  • In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade or in a blender, combine all ingredients until a powdery texture is achieved. If you like it chunkier, process less.

    Chef’s Note: * You can also use store bought almond flour in place of the almonds.

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Eva Long

If using almond flour instead, use 1 cup?

Brooke Bennett

Hi Eva, 1 cup of almonds will produce 1.5 cups of almond flour, so add another quarter cup to your measurements :). Using almond flour to begin with may give this recipe a finer texture than desired, but let us know how it goes.


Instead of adding prepackaged no salt seasoning, I experiment with a variety of spices. Made my last batch with garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.



Shirley Leger

Too bad it has nuts. There's are but allergies in our home.


Could you try roasted sunflower seeds instead?


Could coconut flour be substituted for the almond flour and if so, how much would you need?


How would I adjust this recipe if I chose to use cashew butter instead?

Liz Turner

We don't recommend using a nut butter, because the texture will be too wet. You're going for a powdery texture here. You can use raw cashews, though. —Liz Turner, FOK editor in chief

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Chef AJ

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-exclusive diet for over 44 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ airing on Foody TV. A chef, culinary instructor, and professional speaker, she is author of Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight and the best-selling books The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss and Own Your Health. Chef AJ was the executive pastry chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her sugar-, oil-, salt- and gluten-free desserts. She is the host of YouTube show Chef AJ Live. She is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. In 2018 she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.
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