Nutritional Yeast—or “nooch” as it’s affectionately called—is a truly magical ingredient idolized by vegans everywhere. Despite the off-putting name and bizarre appearance, nutritional yeast somehow manages to win over the hearts and palates of almost all those who give it a chance.
Today we’re going to dive into what this crazy ingredient is, how it’s used, where you can find it and more. Buckle up and get ready for a cheesy ride!
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that comes in the form of yellow flakes and can be used as a condiment or in recipes for cheesy sauces, cheesy soups, and beyond.
As the name implies, nutritional yeast is packed with nutrients—althuogh the specifics vary between brands and depending on whether or not it’s fortified. Nutritional yeast inherently contains protein (including all the essential amino acids), iron, fiber, and vitamin B1 and B2. Fortified nutritional yeast typically also includes a hefty dose of vitamin B12 and additional iron.
Nooch can be found in the bulk aisle of many grocery stores like Sprouts, Whole Foods, Winco, and natural food stores. Several companies also sell packaged Nutritional Yeast, including Trader Joes, Bragg’s, and Bob’s Red Mill. You can even order it on Amazon!
A quick search online will provide infinite recipe ideas that make great use of nooch. The most common has to be vegan macaroni and cheese, but the recipe options using nooch are endless. Here are a few of our favorite nutritional yeast recipes.
It’s also fantastic sprinkles on popcorn with some olive oil and salt. Needless to say, nutritional yeast is an absolute vegan pantry staple.