Nutritional Yeast ….What is That?

One of the first things that had me saying “what is that?” is nutritional yeast. I had seen some recipes and heard it mentioned in a few circles.  Yeast? Really?  As it turns out, nutritional yeast seems to be a staple in a vegan diet as both a great source of vitamin B-12 and a flavoring for many foods.

Nährhefeflocken der Marke "Naturata"...

Nährhefeflocken der Marke “Naturata” (Melasse Würz-Hefeflocken) / nutritional yeast. Siehe auch/see also: Image:Hefeflocken_Naturata_(Verpackung).jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Wikipedia, “Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses for a period of 7 days and then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging it.”  It is a yellow/orange color and sold in either flakes of varying sizes or as a powder.  I had no problem finding in my local health food store.  (They sell it in bulk and a little less spendy that packaged brands.)

It has a nutty cheesy flavor that makes it a great addition to many recipes. Most commonly, it is used to replace Parmesan cheese.  Popular uses are as a topping to popcorn, garlic bread, pasta or potatoes and veggies.

Next time you are browsing the health food section, if you see it, pick some up and give it a try. I really like it and have been using it in more and more meals.


Find it at Amazon:


Bob’s Red Mill Large Flake Nutritional Food Yeast — 8 oz




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Busy Vegetarian Mom (403 Posts)

Just one Busy Vegetarian Mom working on transitioning to a Vegetarian lifestyle for myself and my family. I am recording what I learn here along the way. You can also find me writing at Daily Dish Magazine and Inner Child Food.


  1. We would lve recipes using nutritional yeast. Thanks for all your hard work

  2. Hi, thanks for sharing this great information. Have a nice day.
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