Ingredient Spotlight: Nutritional Yeast

You may know nutritional yeast as the weird ingredient in the health food store that looks more like the chocolate Flakes you had as a kid than the latest health trend, but you’ve never actually been able to solve the mystery of “what the heck actually is nutritional yeast?!”

Not to be confused with baker’s yeast, nutritional yeast (also called savoury yeast) is an inactive form of yeast that you can eat without turning into a loaf of sourdough!

Nutritional yeast has a strong umami flavour that tastes a bit like parmesan cheese and Marmite/ Vegemite. It is a great source of B vitamins – especially B12, which is especially important for people following a vegetarian or vegan diet as their levels tend to be lower from avoiding animal products.


  • Nutritional yeast can be directly substituted for cheese (or made into cheese e.g. cashew cheese) and mixed into potato, cauliflower or pasta bakes.
  • It also works well on pizzas, roast veges, kale chips (no it’s not just for hippies!) and mixed into scrambled eggs.

Give it a go and let me know what you think!



2 Replies to “Ingredient Spotlight: Nutritional Yeast”

  1. YES Fiona, this is great! We need more exposure on this fabulous ingredient! As a snack I love to eat a teaspoon of this straight from the jar!

    1. fionasmessykitchen says: Reply

      Awesome account name! Yay it’s all happening! xo

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