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15 New Ways to Use Nutritional Yeast

This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated as of June, 2021. 

I’ve talked before about gravitating towards eating more plant based foods (in general), and in doing so, nutritional yeast is one ingredient I’ve come to pretty much throw on everything. 

I’m excited to share this recipe roundup with you to give you ideas for the myriad of ways you can use our friend, nutritional yeast, in your kitchen.

Whether you’re searching for a nutritional yeast pasta, nutritional yeast dressing or just a nutritious plant-based snack or dessert, these recipes using nutritional yeast will spark some creativity. 

What Is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast is an ingredient I’ve only become familiar with over the past few years. You may be freaked out by the idea of using “yeast,” but it’s a great topping and packs a nutritional punch. 

It’s not the same type of yeast you would use in baking or brewing – it is inactive and doesn’t foam. Therefore, it won’t cause dough or bread to ferment or rise.

braggs nutritional yeast

It’s a staple in many plant-based and vegan diets, and those doing some vegan meal prep

Personally, I throw nutritional yeast on everything. Here are some of my favorite recipes to add it to.

Baked Turmeric Parsnip Fries are crispy and sprinkled with cheese. An easy parsnip fries recipe that is delicious and a quick side to any meal | Oven roasted parsnip fries

Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a major go-to for those who follow the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

It provides a savory, umami, cheesy flavor, it’s vegan and gluten-free, and it’s chock full of B vitamins, zinc and protein. Per Verywell, here are some nutrition facts for nutritional yeast. 

  • With just two tablespoons, you get 6-8 grams of protein (for 40 calories)
  • Nutritional yeast provides the daily allotment of B1, B2 and B6, and nearly all of your B12 recommendations (amounts may vary per brand)
  • About 3 grams of fiber per 1.5-2 Tbsp. The type of fiber it offers (beta-glucan) is a very beneficial type, and has been studied and recognized for its effect on cholesterol
  • Respectable amounts of micronutrients, like selenium, zinc and iron

meal prep container with nutritional yeast

Considering B12 is typically found in animal foods only, nutritional yeast is a very important nutrient option for those following vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

It’s very versatile in that you can add it to dips, salads, soups, spreads, cereals, bowls, sandwiches, smoothies, popcorn, etc., as you’ll see below. 

Where Can You Find It?

You can find it in the bulk bins of your local health food store, or I typically order mine off of Amazon. I love Bragg’s and use it all the time. 

Bulk product offerings at Sprouts Farmers Market

While nutritional yeast is a great substitute for parmesan cheese and acts as a vegan cheese substitute, there are also many other ways you can incorporate it.

Hopefully, these recipe ideas can help spark some creativity or help you try to incorporate it more. You may also decide to keep it on hand as a Verywell

15 Recipes for Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a healthy, plant-based food that gives things a savory, cheesy flavor. Here are some easy recipe ideas for using nutritional yeast.

What’s your favorite use for nutritional yeast?

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  1. Yay for nutritional yeast! All of these recipes look so good! :] I’m going to have to find a place that sells it in the place where I’m moving to! :O

  2. Those cheese crackers look like a must try! I haven’t used nutritional yeast in a long time, but I realize that I am missing out. I may have to try the brand you recommended as I found the one I would buy a little too strong.

  3. So many delicious creations, I can’t wait to try some especially the desserts! Thank you for including my Zucchini Rolls.

  4. I just recently bought some nutritional yeast so this is super helpful on how to use it. So far I’ve just been throwing it in with scrambled eggs but I just need to start throwing it on everything.

  5. Every time I re-read about the nutritional elements of nutritional yeast I am blown away. How can such a little quantity, of such a humble little topping, give you SO much vitamin B12? And everything else it has. Its truly a magical ingredient.
    I’ve been all about NY in my sauces and casseroles, but I’ve never ventured into dessert territory! Holy moly! Pinning this entire thing. I need to try those chocolate pb bars stat.