Nutritional Yeast Recipes

Learn how to make some amazing dinners featuring Nutritional Yeast Recipes. Nutritional Yeast may seem like a puzzling ingredient, but this post will explain what it is, why to use, and how to use it in your delicious recipes!

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I realize the phrase “nutritional yeast flakes” may sound strange. Simply hearing it can lead to a variety of questions, like...what is it? And how do I use it in a recipe? And WHY?

First, let me clarify, nutritional yeast is a natural ingredient that’s actually been around awhile. Because it has nice cheesy flavor, vegans have been using it for years to add flavoring to their favorite recipes. It turns out nutritional yeast flakes are a great cheese substitute.

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What is Nutritional Yeast?

Walk through any respectable health food store and you’ll find nutritional yeast flakes, lovingly referred to as “nooch”. You can find it as a product in containers. But it’s also usually found in the bulk section. Nooch is a universally popular ingredient for vegans and vegetarians. Why? Because it has a natural nutty, cheesy flavor.

But what is nutritional yeast! Nutritional yeast is a yeast that’s been cultivated on sugarcane or beet molasses. However, once it’s cultivated, the yeast is heated (deactivated), washed and dried.

Maybe because it’s grown from things like sugarcane and molasses, nutritional yeast has a very pleasant, nutty, and even cheesy flavor to it. That flavor comes from glutamic acid that develops as it grows. Glutamic acid may sound scary, but it’s actually a naturally occurring amino acid. You can find it in many fruits and vegetables too.

But don’t try to use nutritional yeast flakes to make bread! It’s not that kind of yeast. Because it’s been heated, the growing process stops. Live, growing yeast is what’s required to make bread rise.

Can you use other types of yeast in place of nutritional yeast?

There are lots of types of yeast out there, like bakery’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, yeast extract, etc. However, none of these have the same flavor profile and should not be used in place of nutritional yeast flakes in your recipes.

Nutritional Yeast Benefits

Nutritional yeast flakes are more than just pretty, little yellow flakes with a tasty, cheesy flavor. In fact, they offer some great nutritional benefits too. In fact, some nutritional yeast flakes are even fortified to boost their nutritional value. But even unfortified, it’s a great source of B vitamins, such as B12, thiamin, biotin, and folic acid.

Nutritional yeast may grow off of sugar sources, but it’s sugar-free, making it a naturally low sugar food. It’s also gluten free and will add fiber, iron, and protein to your diet.

Are Nutritional Yeast Flakes Keto?

Nutritional yeast flakes are great for a low-carb, keto-focused diet. Here’s why. Two tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes has 60 calories, 5 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of fiber. That’s a net 1 gram of carbs per two tablespoons.

Where to Buy Nutritional Yeast

You can find these cheesy flakes in the health food sections of most grocery stores. It’s also available at most health food stores in prepackaged containers and in bulk. You can also buy Nutritional Yeast Flakes online.

How to use Nutritional Yeast

Thanks to nutritional yeast flakes’ natural cheesy, savory flavor, you can use them as additions in a variety of recipes. For some tasty nutritional yeast uses, try adding a tablespoon or two of the flakes to these:

However, As you will see from the recipes below, nutritional yeast can be used in a variety of recipes, adding rich flavor to everything it touches.

Nutritional Yeast Flakes vs Powder

You can buy nutritional yeast in both flaked and powdered forms. However, I prefer the flakes because they dissolve much more easily into a recipe.

I don’t have a best nutritional yeast flakes brand, although I oftentimes will buy Braggs Nutritional Yeast. That’s usually all I can find out my local grocery store and it’s great! However, I prefer buying it in bulk at places like Sprouts so I can reduce the amount of plastic containers I buy. Besides, it keeps great when stored properly.

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Nutritional Yeast Recipes

Looking for recipes with nutritional yeast? You’ll love the variety of recipes that can benefit from a touch of the nooch! Here are some of my favorite recipes using nutritional yeast!

Cheesy Vegan Popcorn

Make this simple vegan popcorn recipe with a cheesy seasoned topping made from nutritional yeast combined with other spices. It’s perfect for movie nights!

The best DIY Microwave Popcorn with a recipe for Nooch Popcorn. It's butter-free, healthy, affordable, and OH so delicious!
Vegan Cheesy Popcorn
The best DIY Microwave Popcorn with a bonus Vegan Cheesy Popcorn recipe. It’s butter-free, healthy, affordable, and OH so delicious!
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The best DIY Microwave Popcorn with a recipe for Nooch Popcorn. It's butter-free, healthy, affordable, and OH so delicious!

Vegan Parmesan

This simple Brazil Nut Parmesan is easy to make and results in a delicious cheesy flavored topping for your favorite dishes, like pastas, lasagna, popcorn, and more!

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Vegan Parmesan
Cashews are combined delicious flavorings to create the perfect non-dairy Vegan Parmesan. Sprinkle this over your favorite Italian dishes, including pastas and pizza!
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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

I love sprinkling a homemade parmesan mixture (made with nutritional yeast) on top of my Vegan Green Bean Casserole. It’s just another example of how it makes everything delicious!

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Vegan Green Bean Casserole
This amazing Vegan Green Bean Casserole is a gluten-free recipe made with fresh green beans that are simmered in a savory mushroom sauce. Of course, the casserole is topped with crispy pan-fried onions too.
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Vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole

Nutritional yeast is responsible or the cheesy flavor in this Vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole recipe. Use whole wheat macaroni noodles for a wholesome, plant-based meal.

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Vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole
Warm and creamy, this vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole will satisfy your comfort food cravings with healthy, savory deliciousness!
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Vegan Broccoli Soup

Even this vegan broccoli soup benefits from a smidge of the nooch! This soup is healthy and wholesome and plant-based comfort food at its finest!

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Vegan Broccoli Soup
This creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup is a healthy soup cleverly disguised as comfort food! It's delicious all the way to the sourdough croutons!
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Tofu Scramble

Yes, vegans do not eat eggs, but that doesn’t mean they miss out on the tasty, high protein scrambled breakfast. This Tofu Scramble comes to the rescue with a cheesy, umami flavor that’s high in protein too.

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Tofu Scramble
This super easy, healthy Tofu Scramble can be ready with less than 10 ingredients and about 10 minutes.
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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Make these vegan scalloped potatoes with added nutritional yeast flakes for flavor. You’ll love the creamy, cheesy sauce the potatoes are cooked in!

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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Make these tasty Vegan Scalloped Potatoes with a creamy, savory cheese sauce to serve as a side dish with your favorite meatless meals!
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Vegan Gravy

Make this easy vegan gravy, flavored with, you guest it, nutritional yeast flakes.

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Vegan Gravy
Your holiday dinners, including Thanksgiving dinner, is not complete without this vegan gravy! I used to be intimidated by gravy because it seemed difficult. However, this easy vegetarian gravy is perfect and thanks to my easy process, is one of easiest recipes you’ll make for dinner!
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Vegan Jalapeño Poppers

You can make vegan jalapeño poppers even better with a bit of the nooch! This is a delicious treat for parties or even a weeknight comfort food kind of treat.

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Vegan Jalapeño Poppers
These Vegan Baked Jalapeño Poppers creates a perfect appetizer with a crispy crust, tender peppers, and cheesy filling. Serve this treat for parties or for snacks.
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Vegan Creme Brûlée

Vegan creme brûlée is much easier to make than the traditional recipe, because it does not involve eggs. However, it can lack a little richness in flavor. That’s why I love adding a little bit of nutritional yeast flakes to mine.

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Vegan Creme Brûlée
Take your dessert to another level with this indulgent Vegan Creme Brûlée recipe. Any recipe that requires a blow torch is fine with me and that crispy sugar topping makes it all worthwhile!
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Vegan Lemon Bars

The lemon curd in these vegan lemon bars benefit with the addition of nutritional yeast. It adds both flavor and even a little bit of color as well.

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Vegan Lemon Bars
These Vegan Lemon Bars are a delicious, healthy, egg-free treat for the whole family to enjoy!
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That’s it! Hope you loved learning more about nutritional yeast and seeing some of my favorite nutritional yeast recipes!

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