What is it?
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is sold commercially as a food product. It is sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment.
It is a significant source of some B-complex vitamins, and contains trace amounts of several other vitamins and minerals. Sometimes nutritional yeast is fortified with vitamin B12.
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of cheese, for example in mashed and fried potatoes, atop of “scrambled” tofu, or as a topping for popcorn.
In Australia, it is sometimes sold as “savoury yeast flakes”. In New Zealand, it has long been known as Brufax. In the United States it is sometimes referred to as “hippie dust”, “nooch” or “yeshi”, an Ethiopian
name meaning “for a thousand”
Where do you get it?
You can buy it at almost any health food or vegan store. Such as the Cruelty-Free Shop, Braddon.
Unfortunately Nutritional Yeast isn’t often available in mainstream supermarkets such as Woolworths or Coles.
The Source Healthfoods
Recommended by Jo Alexander
I discovered this at Gungahlin Coles. And yes, it tastes totally divine. Not cheap at $5 a can but it’s ridiculously rich.
Texture-wise, it’s quite thick and sticky like regular sweetened condensed milk and I suspect it’d set well if you put it in the fridge for things like caramel or lemon slice. Flavour-wise, it does have a pretty mild coconut flavour to it, but lemon/slightly-coconutty slice sounds pretty awesome to me… 🙂
Ingredients: Coconut Milk (Coconut Cream, Filtered Water), Cane Sugar, Guar Gum, Salt
Suggested by Francine (seconded by Rowena)
Comment: A great base for home made pizzas. Baked in Canberra!
Ingredients: Wheat flour, water, olive oil, baker’s yeast, salt
To see what Francine made, see: Francine’s Pizza
Availability: SupaBarn and some IGAs
Suggested by Francine
Description: An easy vegan way to make pancakes.
Orgran says: “All Orgran products are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg free, Yeast Free, GMO Free and Vegan.”
Ingredients: Stonemilled Buckwheat Flour (49.7%), Rice Flour, Maize Starch, Tapioca, Raising Agents: Monocalcium Phosphate, Bicarbonate of Soda.
Availability: Some healthfood shops and supermarkets.
Suggested by Francine Horne
The Soy condensed milk and the soy caramelised condensed milk are great to use when veganising desserts and sweet snacks such as this recipe for Caramel Coconut Macaroons.
I buy them from the Cruelty Free shop.
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Added by Francine
Vegan cream cheese, sour cream and ricotta! Need we say more?
Find out more here: http://www.tofutti.com/dairy-free-cheeses/
Added by Rowena
Organic Vegan Nutella! Lovely chocolatey spread.
Ingredients: JT’s Coconut Essence Organic Coconut Oil (45%), Organic Coconut Blossom Sugar, Organic Cocoa, Organic Vanilla, Organic Starch, Water.