The understated nuttiness of cashews and the cheesy-ish savoriness of nutritional yeast combine to create a really delicious, animal-friendly, plant-based parm seasoning. Makes about 3/4 cup (36 teaspoons)
If using whole cashews, add to blender or processor first and buzz a few times to break them up into smaller pieces. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse in short bursts until blended into a coarse powder. Don't overblend or walk away while the unit is running, because the nuts' oils will begin to break down and create a nut butter.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Optional: sift the powder through a wide-mesh sieve to sift out any pieces of cashews that did not fully blend.
* If your nutritional yeast is flaked, use 3 tablespoons; if powdered, use 2 tablespoons.