What the hell is nutritional yeast anyway?

I don’t know if you’ve had this issue as well, but I sure have it a lot. I’ll be cruisin’ Pinterest, checking out new fun recipes, and it never fails that I come across some crazy ingredient that is definitely NOT in my pantry and probably not at the normal grocery store. More than likely it requires a trip to Whole Foods or whatever fancy store you have in your world. So basically you never end up making that awesome new recipe from Pinterest. This is sad.  Or, maybe, you’re a total food snob and you’ve heard of every single rare exotic ingredient out there. In which case I say good for you very sarcastically.

Anyyywayyys, back to my original point. One ingredient that’s been catching my eye lately is nutritional yeast. Being that I don’t consume dairy, I see it come up a lot in non-dairy dishes. Yet I have been stubborn and thus ignoring said dishes, deciding that they must be too snobbery and complicated for lil ol me.


I should have bought this shit ages ago.

I know, I know, you’re thinking it sounds gross right? Yeast. Just say it out loud. Yeast. Then add nutritional in front of it and it only gets worse. However, if you ever plan on making the best non-dairy cheese of your life, you better just get the fuck on the bandwagon and buy it already. Because it will blow your mind.


Some Nutritional Yeast facts for your noggin pleasure:


  • Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, meaning it won’t bubble or make things rise like active baking yeast.
  • Nutritional yeast is high in vitamins including B12, making it extremely popular in the vegan community.
  • Cheesy, nutty, and savory are words used to describe the taste of Nutritional yeast.

nutritional yeastDoesn’t it look like fish food flakes?

So what are you supposed to do with it? The sky’s the limit, really. Sprinkle it on popcorn. Pasta. Veggies. Anywhere you would like a little cheesy taste. Or, if you’re like me, just dive head first into making vegan cheese with it. (Not recommended for normal people, only the straight lunatics like myself.) I would send you a link to my non-dairy cheese recipes but that would require me actually knowing how to link pages on my own blog.


Don’t judge me.


Just go buy some nutritional yeast from your nearest fancy food place or maybe amazon.com and see what all the buzz is about.


And stop judging me already.