What Is Nutritional Yeast?

What Is Nutritional Yeast?
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

I get a lot of questions about nutritional yeast – what it is, whether it’s actually healthy, what I use it for – so here is my answer.

First of all, nutritional yeast is different from the kind of yeast you bake with. It’s yellow and flaky and has a savory flavor, but doesn’t have any action of making things rise.

For the most part, people who have issues with yeast imbalances shouldn’t have a problem with nutritional yeast because it’s a different thing altogether.

There are certain brands that make nutritional yeast that is fortified with vitamin B12, which is why it’s called ‘nutritional’. I think that’s great as an extra source, but I don’t personally rely on nutritional yeast or other fortified foods for B12.

I take a supplement to get my B12, so I know that I’m getting a concentrated, high-quality and easily absorbed source in the same amount on a regular basis

So the reason I use nutritional yeast is as a seasoning – for that savory flavor it adds to sauces, dips and meals. It really changes the whole character of a dish.

People say it gives a cheesy flavor to things, and it’s often used in vegan cheese sauces. It doesn’t taste exactly like cheese, but it has that salty-savory essence that can help satisfy cheese cravings.

{jumi [files/includes/youtube.php] [iB5Hrfg3F9o]}

Nutritional Yeast Recipe Ideas

  • Alfredo Sauce – I love making this creamy white bean sauce flavored with seasonings to be like an alfredo sauce.
  • Dreena’s Vegveeta Dip – this is the perfect cheesy dip, and the best part is it’s totally healthy!
  • Tempeh patties – these look really delicious, I plan to try them next time I get my hands on some tempeh.
  • Kale Chips – nutritional yeast is great as part of the seasoning on kale chips.
  • Pesto gets a bit of a parmesan-like flavor if you add some nutritional yeast.
  • Avocado Pasta – I love adding a sprinkle of nutritional yeast to seasonings with pasta, and it pairs really nicely with avocado.
  • Eggs benedict can be made dairy-free and egg-free with this delicious tofu scramble and vegan hollandaise sauce.
  • Almond Roasted Cauliflower – a super easy and super delicious way to make cauliflower taste amazing.
  • Stuffed Mushrooms – I really love adding that bit of savoriness to stuffed mushrooms, along with some spinach and ground almonds – yum.
  • Split Pea Casserole – this is a very simple dish, made extra delicious with savory seasonings.
  • Popcorn – drizzle some melted coconut oil, sprinkle some nutritional yeast, sea salt and smoked paprika or dill = yum
  • Cheesy Sprinkle – you can make something reminiscent of parmesan by grinding some nuts or seeds (I like sunflower, but anything works) and mixing together some nutritional yeast and sea salt.
  • Pizza Topping – make the cheesy sprinkle more like a crumbly feta by adding a squeeze of lemon juice and/or olive oil – this is fantastic as a pizza topping so that it gets baked a little.


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


vegan taster meal plan + quick start guide

Download Free