Nutritional yeast flakes are simply flakes of dried and processed yeast. They have – unlike baker’s yeast – no ‘rising’ properties (because it’s made inactive), but offer a number of other great options.
Nutritional value of nutritional yeast flakes
It is good to know that yeast flakes are rich in B vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, and folic acid. But beware, not all brands of yeast flakes contain B12. Make no mistake in using yeast flakes as a source of B12, unless of course, you have a brand that is enriched with B12.
Also people with celiac disease must pay attention. Some brands contain gluten or traces of it. But you will also find brands that are provided with the gluten-free icon. Inspect the packaging properly 😉
Besides the B vitamins, yeast flakes are also an excellent source of protein by delivering a complete package of amino acids.
To make the most of the nutritional value, you can use the flakes cold. For example, by sprinkling on a salad or only on the end in your dish.
Is nutritional yeast vegan?
Yes, nutritional yeast is vegan, it’s mostly used in the vegan kitchen because especially in combination with nuts and/or seeds, it ensures a savory cheese-like taste. Surprising!
You can process them both hot (for example as a seasoning in ‘cheese sauce’), or cold in a salad. If I can compare the taste with something, parmesan cheese is absolutely the first thing that comes to mind. You can easily make this vegan parmesan cheese yourself, as you can see in this blog (with video).
How to use nutritional yeast? 10 tips
- On a pasta.
- Along with seeds ground on a salad (flax seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, …).
- Ground with cashew nuts = vegan parmesan
- As a cheese sauce, although we usually use vegan cheese
- In a pesto.
- In soup as a seasoning.
- In the dough of the tempura as an extra seasoning.
- In a sauce with cashew nuts such as the pasta with kale and vegan cheese sauce
- On popcorn, a healthy and savory snack.
- When making kale chips. Tear the kale into pieces. Mix a little water, soaked cashews, yeast flakes, little tamari and other herbs of your choice. Mix the kale with the sauce and bake in the oven or drying oven.