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Product Spotlight: Nutritional Yeast

What is it, what's so great about it, how should you use it and where can you get it?

If you've ever tried my recipes you'll notice a lot of them use nutritional yeast. Before I was dairy free I'd never heard of it, but after getting over the fact it looks like fish food flakes, I realised just what an amazing ingredient it is for dairy free recipes.

What is it?

Nutritional yeast (also known as nooch or savoury yeast flakes) is a deactivated yeast product. It's basically a 'dead' version of the type of yeast you use to bake bread or brew beer.

What's so great about it?

It gives a savoury, cheesy flavour to dairy free dishes. It's also a good source of vitamins, iron and protein. Lots of manufacturers fortify it with vitamin B-12 which is important on a dairy free or vegan diet.

How should you use it?

Lots of my 'cheesy' pasta & risotto recipes use it, but you can also sprinkle onto mash potato, stews, soups or toast.

Recipe ideas using it

Where can you get it?

Most large supermarkets now stock it and it's usually found near the stock cubes - I buy the Marigold engevita flakes from Tesco (pictured). You can also buy from health food shops, Amazon or vegan supermarkets.


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